Posts Tagged With: Punch

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, Punch (Habanos) | Tags: , , ,

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

Categories: Cuban cigars, La Corona, Punch (Habanos) | Tags: , , ,

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