Origin : Cuba
Format : Double Corona
Size : 194 x 20 mm (7.6 x 49)
Box code : AOL OCT 13
Price : ~$14-16 each
Want a huge honkin’ stick for not a lot of money?? Buy a 50 Cab of Punch Double Coronas. Punch is a more well-known name in the market that I am in, but most of their non-Cuban offerings leave a bit to be desired.
Appearance : Rating:
Although these smokes came well packed in a 50-cigar cabinet, I do not think I found a single stick that was actually straight. All of them had varying degrees of “bowing” along the length. I give it high marks for consistency in density and color, as well as a nice earthy aroma the cabinet emits upon opening. From appearances, the cigar looked as if it was going to be a nice selection—minus the bowing.
Construction : Rating: (3.75)
Stick was better than average with few construction issues. No blooming, with few if any spines. There was proper amount of oiling throughout, and despite the lack of straightness, the burn WAS technically better than most. I have not run across a single cigar in the box that needed corrections to the burn. No wrapper separation of any sort. Construction-wise – a nice assembled cigar.
Flavor : Rating: (3.75)
Last fall, I reviewed a Juan Lopez Petit Corona where I absolutely took it to the woodshed where taste was concerned. I mention this cigar, because Punch actually delivered what I THOUGHT I was going to get with that other dismal failure. With the light, you are greeted with hints of honey and chocolate, along with fruity notes such as cherry, and with the exhale you get a nice “pop” of peppery spice—all delivered with complex moderation, unlike the Lopez—which performed as if it were going to rip your lungs out on the exhale with an unbearably harsh pepper note that overpowered the entire smoking experience. Punch got it right with this cigar. The taste profile held throughout all thirds of the smoke, providing a delightfully complex flavor profile and a truly enjoyable smoking experience.
Value : Rating: (4.25)
Punch gives you a huge cigar for your money with this selection, with the price equating to about $14US/cigar for a 194MM long Cuban stick. The taste profile is what makes this stick a winner in my book. Great complex flavor notes, paired with a technical performance that is above average makes this cigar a nice change of pace from what I normally consume.
Overall Rating : Rating: (3.75)
Do I think this is a top-tier cigar?? No. Does it earn my respect and admiration as a better than average Cuban stick?? Absolutely. Though not a cigar I would gravitate to as a normal occupant of my humidor, I must give credit to Punch for delivering a well-made stick that outperforms many of its competitors within the genre. They succeeded where others have utterly failed, so I do tip my cap to Punch. Well done!!