Cigar Review: A Puzzle to my taste buds

Cigar Review: Punch Signature Robusto

I usually don’t get to review  cigars when they first are released . That is not necessarily a bad thing as it gives others a chance to smoke a cigar and make their own opinion. It also allows me to find out about a smoke through other bloggers, friends, B and M’s , and other sources.  Punch Signature is has been around for several years but this is my first grab at it.

As I mentioned in a cigar video I like Punch Honduras cigars for their full-bodied flavor, good price point and availability. Some boutique cigars while very good, are difficult to find.

The Punch Signature was part of a sampler pack that was purchased with a friend from Famous Cigars. We actually bought the Punch London Club and this was a free 5 pack that we split. As always how and where the cigar was purchased does not impact my reviews.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Punch Signature

Country of Origin: Honduras

Size: 5 x 54

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Connecticut Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic/ Nicaraguan

Shape: Robusto

Price: Received as a free five pack sampler

Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca, 9/3/17

Appearance/Construction: A good-looking dark wrapper with several prominent veins, soft to the touch, and oily . The cigar band has the look of an old work wood cut which I am sure is what  marketing desired.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: The first hit really through me off, with a taste of old beer that was sitting around too long. It was really weird and not very pleasant. However, I wanted to give this smoke a chance to evolve so we puffed on.

The second third did get better with a heavy black pepper spice profile  and a back hit of nuts and orange. The cigar seemed to hit a better stride.

Smoking Characteristics:  The burn was far from perfect with an uneven burn line but eventually straightened out. Smoke was a bit hot but not really an impact. Ash was dark grey and stayed lit.

Conclusion/Overall Impression: I had this smoke in my humidor for several weeks and I think this is the type of cigar that would get better with age. I might need to get a couple more of the Punch Signature and try again. This review is based on the one cigar I smoked so overall it was a disappointing experience.

Final Thoughts and the Numbers:

After smoking this cigar I read a couple of other cigar bloggers to see what they thought. The results were all over the place which was the same feeling for me. I could see the potential of the cigar but it did not work right now.

Appearance/Construction: 3.2 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 2.8 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3 out of 5

Not a buy at the present, needs a good amount of time in the humidor.

 

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