Cigar Review: Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

by Jesse on June 27, 2008

Company: General Cigar
Line: Punch Gran Cru Maduro
Robusto 5.25 X 50
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Flavor: Mild to Medium
Strength: Mild
Price: $86.25 (Box of 20)

Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

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.

Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

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.

Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

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.

Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

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.

Punch Gran Cru Maduro Robusto

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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Adam Snider June 27, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I had one of these not too long ago. It was a good smoke. Like you said, it’s not as strong as Punches usually are, but I tend to enjoy medium strength cigars more than really strong ones anyway.


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