Punch Sucker Punch Lights Out
5 x 52 - Natural - Single
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The new Sucker Punch blend from Punch is aptly named. It comes to you in a disarming pale, khaki, Claro wrapper looking for all the world like just another mild cigar, but its flavor, strength, and body place it squarely within the medium range. My general impression is of a spikier, less genteel version of the Punch Grand Cru Selection. The same dominant cedary note is present, along with a grassiness that is absent from the Grand Cru, and which I normally associate with younger filler tobaccos. I don't know this for sure, but I'm willing to bet the filler bunch here is not aged nearly as long as that of the Grand Cru. Also there is the wrapper itself, which evinces the longer finish and more pronounced nuttiness that I have come to expect from Connecticut Shade wrappers grown in Ecuador as opposed to those grown in the United States. The Grand Cru uses the U.S. variety, while the Sucker Punch uses the Ecuadorian. Overall, it is a pleasant and satisfying smoke with a slightly looser draw and faster burn than most Punch cigars. I personally don't find the grassy flavor objectionable, but if you do, I would guess six months to a year of aging will shave that right off. However, I would not age these beyond a couple years, maybe three at the very most. My experience has been that cigars in the lower medium range of strength and body can get rather bland rather quickly with long term aging.
Don't smoke them until they have at least two weeks of humidor time. After that, you are good to go. Starts out very strong but settles down at halfway point. The flavor profile is delicious. Full of gooey caramel followed by cocoa and creaminess. I want more.