Punch (Habanos)

Punch Superfinos Regional Edition Italy

Browsing through my humidor I found this tiny 4.3×42 minutos from Punch that was the 2005 regional edition for Italy. Now I don’t know if this cigar is from the original 2005 release or from the re-release in 2006. All I know is that the Punch Superfinos is a cigar that had been discontinued but made a comeback as this limited released Italian regional edition.
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The cigar is small and thin and has a reasonably dark, mild oily wrapper with lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and tastes mild sweet.
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I taste coffee, mild sweet but that sweetness disappears almost immediately. I still taste coffee but now with leather and earth. The sweetness makes a comeback though and after half an inch I taste wood with nuts, with a tiny bit of leather and sweetness.
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Halfway I still taste the nut and wood mix, both mild sweet and the wood flavor is the main flavor. Near the end the sweetness disappears.
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Even though this is a small cigar, it lasted me forty-five minutes. I got a decent amount of reasonably thick gray smoke. The ash is dark. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them, I should give them another chance.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Punch Ninfas

On the boards that I visit, the Punch Ninfas, a 7×33 slim panatela, is one of the most praised and sought after discontinued Cuban cigars. I never thought I would get my hands on one, as they have been discontinued since 2002, years before I started my journey into the world of hand rolled cigars. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember how I got this specific cigar, it was probably one of the many gifts and bombs I got since joining Club Stogie (R.I.P.) and Cigar Asylum. So thank you, whoever gave me this cigar.
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The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban, dull and full of thin veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good but the predraw is a bit hard.
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I taste leather with some pepper and after three quarters of an inch the flavors get less strong, but I still taste leather with pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper fades away and now I taste leather and a bit of an earthy flavor.
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After a third I also get some nuts with the leather and halfway the flavors are smooth leather only, quite dry though. After two thirds the nuts make a comeback and the cigar gets a mild spicy, peppery aftertaste.
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This long thin stick lasts me about eighty minutes. The smoke is thin, and there isn’t much of it at all. The draw is good, but close to too hard. The ash is dark, coarse and not firm. The cigars is medium flavored and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That’s close to impossible

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Punch Royal Selection 11

This cigar was gifted to me by a Dutch friend on a herf at my place, so I don’t know the exact box code, all I know is that the cigar is a few years old and that Habanos is discontinuing them, so if you like these my advice is to stock up.
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The silky wrapper is nice and smooth but pale brown. I notice a few water spots and veins on the wrapper. The cigar has the classic Cuban barnyard smell. The construction feels good although the predraw is on the hard side. I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste that recognizable Cuban leather flavor with some sweetness. The sugar like sweetness slowly gains some strength. Halfway I also taste an Earth flavor and the sweetness gets a little weaker. This cigar is typical Cuban.
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The sweetness disappears all together and the classic Cuban mixture of earth and leather flavors grows in strength. I also taste some toast, which slowly becomes stronger. Near the end I also taste something fresh, a herbal freshness and some mild spice.
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This 5½x46 cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes and I got plenty of smoke, even though it was thin. The draw is good and I can’t complain about the burn either. The ash is medium dark gray and not very firm. I would say that this cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. When I purged it, I only got a small flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends, if I see a good deal, I might get a box. If I don’t see a good deal, well, then I won’t get a box.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Punch Royal Regional Edition Benelux

This year the Benelux (Belgium Netherlands Luxemburg) got 2 Regional Editions, the Bolivar Fabuloso and the Punch Royal, a 5.5 x 50 cigar with a light wrapper with some minor veins. The predraw is just fine and gives me a flavor of raisin and pepper. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice hay & barnyard aroma.
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I taste full dry wood flavor combined with full dry leather, a bit harsh even. After a centimeter I taste a grassy flavor, a sign that this cigar is too young to smoke. I can also taste a mild chocolate. The strength and power of the flavors have gone from their initial full flavor to mild.
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After a third I can just taste the mild chocolate with dry grass and something harsh & bitter. Halfway the cigar is getting ashy and the bitter harshness stays noticeable.
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The last third gives me a nut flavor and ash. The nut is very nice but gets ruined by the disgusting flavor of the ash.
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I get a lot of smoke from this cigar, lots and thick. The burn is just fine and the frayed light colored ash is quite firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a few singles and then let them age for a few years. They definitely need some more rest

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Punch Black Prince

Recently I ordered a box Punch black prince, a discontinued ring 46 143mm long cigar, already aged as the box has a code of September 2000. The cigars are slightly box-pressed and the wrapper had lots of veins, a nice firm feeling, fine predraw and the nice smell of a stable. I just wonder why they called it Black Prince, as the wrapper isn’t dark at all, it is a nice light, oily wrapper.
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Right after lighting it I could taste a warm, creamy leather taste with some earthy tones and after about a third the flavors become a bit spicier, less creamy and a hint of toast joins in. Later on there is some cacao and the creamy feeling returns. Closer to the end the cacao increases in flavor, but all flavors are perfectly balanced, what a joy to smoke this cigar and what a shame that they are discontinued.

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The smoke could have been a bit more, the ash is dark gray and for some reason isn’t straight but is bended a little.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I already ordered an extra box at Gesto before it’s too late.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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