Company: General Cigar
Line: Punch Gran Cru Maduro
Vitola: Robusto 5.25 X 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Flavor: Mild to Medium
Price: $86.25 (Box of 20)
I seem to always go for the lesser known stuff lately, so I’m making an effort over the next couple of weeks to review a few of the easier recognized names in the cigar industry. I started it off last week with hitting up Padron and CAO, this week I’m taking a look at some of the different Punch Cigars out there. The first one on the list is the Punch Gran Cru Maduro.
Construction: The cigar is a dark chocolate color and the Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper has some fine teeth on it. Held in the light just right some fine crystals can be seen on the wrapper. The prelight draw was easy and a rich sweet tobacco flavor to it.
Burn: The burn started off a bit uneven but that cleared up near the midway point. Never had to touch it up or relight it once. The ash is a light gray and held on until tapped off. It has been awhile since I’ve had a cigar that didn’t need to be relit or dump ash on me.
Flavor: This is a milder smoke than what you typically get with a Punch. It starts off with some strong earthy flavors and a muted hint of coffee. Near the halfway mark I really noticed a woody note develop along with some dark chocolate flavors that had a touch of sweetness to them. The woodiness and chocolate got stronger and wasn’t as smooth. Around an inch left the cigar started to get a harsh and unpleasant and I had to put it down.
Verdict: A good mild to medium smoke, that I’d probably enjoy more in the morning or early afternoon. Pick up something else if you like fuller-bodied cigars.
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