February 29, 2012
Origin : Cuba
Format : Long Corona
Size : 42x 155 mm (6.1)
Box code : 2007
Discontinued in : 2009
Price : $16 in Canada, $9 in Cuba
Punch is one of the few marcas I would buy a box without having previously tried the vitola. I just love their flavour profile and with a few years on them, Punch’s are great. This, again, is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2009. My local B&M received a 2007 cab of those so I had to try it. I brought it back home to let it sit in the humidor for a while but it kept looking at me every time I lifted the lid.
Appearance : [rating:3/5]
It has a colorado, almost maduro wrapper with a few veins. This thing is pretty veiny I’d say. The long corona vitola is a good size, feels good in hand and there is something special about the Punch band. The cigar itself inspires respect just by the fact that it has been rolled since 1840. It is a truly classic brand.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
This is a well-built cigar. The foot is full, round and you can see the air canals laid out nicely. The cap sits perfectly on top to keep everything together. It seems to be filled properly as I pinch it and it doesn’t feel like there are any knots in this cigar. I bet the draw will be very good.
I obtained a clean cut and a perfect draw. You have to love a perfectly rolled cigar. It is like sitting down to watch a movie from your favourite director, you know it can be a bad one but it is just shaping to be great.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
This is a pungent cigar at cold, plenty of sweetness, cocoa and slight spices. The pre draw shows a lot of cocoa aroma.
Punch Special Selection No. 1 started with a bang, medium to full body right away. I did not expect that at all, with this cigar. There are some light spices, a little bit of wood. It feels as if the foot were full of something else because after just a few puffs the cigar settles at medium body. You can now taste the sweetness I had at the pre draw. Great chocolate flavours are all over the place. There is a buttery taste as well. This is a smooth smoke, a little dustiness maybe but nothing to make this a bad experience. I am really enjoying it.
This cigar keeps on giving a velvety sweet tobacco taste with notes of cocoa. It is steady at medium body. There is some acidity that shows up in the back, almost like a fresh Montecristo ‘twang’. This cigar has five years on it, so I doubt it is because it lacks aging. It is moving a little on the toasted side.
The dustiness has left completely; this is turning out to be a great cigar. The burn is starting to require a little correction here and there. This is not a problem as this cigar is giving me lashes of creamy cocoa/chocolate flavour. Wow, I am impressed so far.
After two good thirds, it is now giving me some bitterness, I hope it is not dying on me. I suspect the burning issues are responsible. I let it go out and go for a fresh relight.
Ok, we are back in business. Toasty tobacco and the ‘twang’ are welcoming me back to this stick. Chocolate/cocoa has gone but I still get the creamy butter feeling. This is keeping at medium body and is showing some great toasted flavours again. I am nubbing this cigar. I wish it kept going with the sweetness but I can settle for what it is giving now.
Value : [rating:4/5]
This is a worthy cigar, it has its place in a humidor for sure. It comes in 50 cabs which are ideal for aging. I would buy a cab from the same year if it ever surfaced and I can only imagine what they would be like after a few more years on them. Even better, try finding them in Cuba and then you would have a 5 stars value.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
The Punch Super Selection 1 was a great cigar. I really enjoyed it and I can say I recommend it to everybody, even if you are not a fan of the Punch marca. It’s a great cigar with a 10 years aging potential to me. If you can find them, buy a single and see for yourself. You will be happy you did.
October 8, 2012
@B.I.G. Very cool you can get some cabinet at your B&M
@Zippo I wish I could find a couple SS2 to try them, I heard very good things about those…
October 8, 2012
Good review. The #1 is a great smoke. The SS#2 is even better IMO. Out of #1, but was able to acquire a 50cab of #2 from 2002. Still can’t understand why they discontinued these.
October 7, 2012
Excellent review! I’ll go to my local shop I saw on their website they have cabinets from 03′ & 02′. I just hope they can open one of them so I can get a couple of these beauties before buying a cabinet!
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