Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

 

Size: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut Corojo

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: $6.5

Grade: 8.9

General Cigar released the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary in late March. The cigar is available in one size, a 5×50 Robusto, and in a limited quantity. The cigar features a Connecticut Corojo wrapper with a trio of fillers. The only difference between the 10th Anniversary and the standard Rare Corojo is the wrapper. The 10th has a Connecticut Corojo, while the standard Rare Corojo has an Ecuadorian Sumatra.

While I have enjoyed Punch cigars over the years, I do not smoke them with any regularity, so I was I was excited to review this smoke for the site.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary is very identifiable by the double band presentation. The medium brown wrapper has a red hue to it with just a few small veins on the surface. The cigar is well packed with a nice weight in the palm. I don’t pick up a lot of notes along the wrapper on the pre-light aroma, but the foot has some nice notes that are topped with a bit of sweet spice. The cold draw produces a nice solid base of tobacco that coats the palate well.

Burn, 1.8:
The cigar cuts, toasts, and lights very evenly and remains so the entire smoke time. The draw is nice and produces plenty of smoke with just the right amount of effort.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary produces a nice flavor of earth and leather with just a touch of spice. The first third produces a tobacco flavor that has notes of earth, leather, and some creaminess at times. The spice is very mild on the finish and leans toward sweet as opposed to pepper. The second third opens up a bit and with a bit more defined spice. The cigar is well balanced as the notes of tobacco blend well with the sweet spice. The finish is medium to long and is very pleasant on the palate. The last third does not really transition for me; it stays on course with the above profile – the only variation may have been an increase in spice, but it was very minimal.

 

Overall, 2.7:
I thought this was a good smoke for the price point. The flavors were solid and kept me interested throughout the sixty plus minute smoking time. I know these smokes were produced in a limited supply, but if you are fortunate enough to run across them, pick up a few because it is a solid smoke at a solid price.

 

(Total: 8.9)