2008 Punch Election

by Jesse on February 19, 2009

These have been sitting in my humidor for a couple of weeks as I waited to get some time to smoke these two back to back. Punch has a package of two cigars, Candidate A and Candidate B. You smoke them, send in a card and let them know which one you like better. Both cigars are Nicaraguan Blend and both Toros.

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Tasting Notes:

Candidate A: The cigar is definitely medium body. Definitely has a smoothness to it an lingers in the mouth. Doesn’t have that typical flavor you get in a Punch Cigar which reminds me of Dark Cherry. This one is more wood, coffee and a hint of mushroom that smoothes it out.

Candidate B: Also medium bodied but it is less complex and a little harsher. This one is woodiness and coffee and none of the smoothness of the first. Still not a bad smoke though.

Verdict:

My vote goes to Candidate A, but honestly I think that they could have done better. Look at all the stellar cigars coming out of Nicaragua right now these are decent, but mediocre at best. I have to say I really do like this idea though. I’d like to see more companies do something like this.

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Tommy Zman February 19, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Hoyo did this a few years back and the loser ended up a decade later as part of JR’s Luxury line – and they are fabulous.

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Matt March 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

This is a cool idea. I wish I had know about it and was able to get in on it. I’d like to see mfg.’s do more of this.

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Frank March 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Didn’t Punch do this themselves to come up with Champion reblend?

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