Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Connecticut
Retrohale: Very peppery. Whew!
Base flavors: Creamy, smooth, earthy and a little nutty with some toffee-like flavors.
Aroma: Sweet, not too overpowering
Ash/Burn: In the first half inch the ash was sharp, firm and marbled in color. The burn was pretty even, and the first ash fell off at about the 3/4-inch mark on both samples.
General Observations: Notes of pepper and cream in the first inch. Into the second inch, I picked up a little nutmeg flavor. For some reason I expected this cigar to be a little sweeter. Into the second half, both cigars really started to sizzle with more spice, dark tobacco flavors, and a trace of espresso in the mix. My second sample turned bitter in the last act, but the first tasted good down to an inch.
Summary: Sort of mixed emotions here. I have a feeling this cigar met all of General's expectations in terms of what they wanted to do with the 10th Anniversary blend. I also feel this cigar has a lot going for it, but, speaking from personal preference, I think I like the original Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf better. Definitely a must-smoke for Punch fanatics and those who like a spicy, complex smoke with a very full flavor.
Final Rating: ??½
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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles