Cigar review: Chop Suey on the menu?

Cigar review: Keep in mind cigar reviews should tell you the facts but also have humor in the narrative. I think General Cigar had that in mind with their limited edition of the Punch Chop Suey. 

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IMG_0767.jpegIMG_0768.jpegEd Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch and the creator of Chop Suey said, ” We had a lot of fun with Punch Egg Roll last year so we decided to come out with a similar release for 2020. Chop Suey hits that post-holiday sweet spot for cigar lovers.”

As all my reviews , it does not impact how and where I received the cigar on  my subjective take on the blend. If you are interested, please smoke the stick and make up your own mind.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Punch/Chop Suey

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Size: 7 x 37, ( Length x Ring Gauge)

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan/Domincan

Shape: Panatela

Price: $5.49 MSRP.  I received the cigar gratis for review from General Cigar

Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 2/16/2020

Appearance/Construction: The shaggy foot is quite noticable which is an interesting essence of this cigar. Thin in looks with a medium, golden brown wrapper. Rustic in overall appearance, semi, oily feel  with a snazzy cigar band.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First third: Mild to medium , woody, roasted nuts and notes of cinnamon, and licorice. Easy start for the cigar.

Second Third: Enter mild spice, (white pepper) with hint of coffee, caramel to give the cigar some body but not power.

Final Third: A pop of more spice but this cigar was not made for a knock out punch. It’s smooth, medium strength for the final third and lasted about 30 minutes or so.

Smoking Characteristics: Even burn, stayed cool, lit with a surprising amount of smoke. Ash was light to medium gray. No issues in construction or tunneling.

punch-chopsuey-1-1600.jpgConclusion/Overall Impressions:  Good to smoke, which is exactly what you hope for in a short smoke. Punch cigars are mostly known for being powerhouses. This is not what you are going to get with the Chop Suey. A very worth while undertaking.

Final Thoughts and the Numbers: Grab a bunch at your local shop , it’s is better than I thought it would be. Short money for a fine overall cigar experience.

Appearance/Contruction: 3.5 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.0 out of 5

Smoking Chararcteristics: 3.8 out 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.7 out of 5

3 to 4 is a respectable cigar.

Keep smoking

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