Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo Salamone

Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo Salamone

General Cigar Company
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & Honduras
Size: 7 1/4″ x 57
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $7.99 MSRP

Overall Rating: 8.6

Each year in March, General Cigar releases it’s Punch Rare Corojo. For 2014 the have redesigned the cigar’s band and added a new limited edition salamone size. It is an impressive cigar, with complex flavors and a decent price. Most salamone sized cigars are carry a steep price due to the difficulty of rolling them, but the Punch Rare Corojo Salamone is a bargain at $7.99 (MSRP). According to General the salamone size will only be produced in 2014, and once they are gone that’s it.

General is giving away one box of the Punch Rare Corojo a week between March 1st and May 31st. You can enter the contest by clicking here.

There is one thing that I’ve always found odd about the Rare Corojo; if it’s so rare how can they release it every year? Yes, I know that there was a wrapper crop issue for the last few years, but I’ve never seen a lack of this cigar at the various B&M retailers I visit around. Maybe I frequent well stocked retailers or maybe the cigar is not as rare as it seems. Chances are the real answer lines somewhere between the two.

Pre-Light: The new cream, gold and burgundy color of the double bands gives the salamone a more sophisticated elegant look than previous releases. These cream colored bands only serve to showcase the milk chocolate color of the Corojo wrapper.

By all appearances the Rare Corojo Salamone is a well constructed cigar, with few noticeable seams. The wrapper is smooth and oily, having only one prominent vein. The pre-light draw is fairly easy, especially for a cigar of this shape and size.

Burn: On most salamone sized cigars the draw can be on the firm side at first, but the Punch Rare Corojo is an exception. The draw is easy from beginning to end. I’m quite impressed by how well the appealing while ash holds tightly to the cigar. The burn line is even throughout requiring no touch ups with the lighter.

Flavor: Dried fruit is the first flavor encountered upon lighting up the Punch Rare Corojo Salamone and is present all the way to the end. The cigar starts off on the milder side of medium bodied. An inch in, a mixture of cedar and hay occurs that compliments the existing dried fruit flavor. The main flavors during the second third are sweet cedar, hay, cocoa and just a slight background note of cherries. At the halfway point, an Arabic coffee note begins to occur and gets progressively more noticeable as the cigar burns on. The strength picks up for the second half of the cigar to a solid medium body. Oak, coffee, hay, earth and nuts are encountered in the final third with the dried fruit note taking a background role. This was a complex cigar with a nice interplay between the flavors.

Overall: I am not typically a fan of General Cigar (with the exception of the Foundry), so I went into the Punch Rare Corojo Salamone with rather low expectations. Yet, I could find few things wrong with this cigar. It doesn’t fit the flavor profile of what I typically smoke, but I still found it to be quite enjoyable. The flavors are complex and play well together. The construction is top notch, making this the perfect cigar for an impromptu long ash contest among friends. It is a long cigar to smoke, taking me (on average) an hour and forty-five minutes to smoke. While not an everyday cigar, the price makes this an excellent value for what you get.

Pairing: This is one of those rare cigars that pairs well with just about anything. I’m personally a fan of matching the Punch Rare Corojo with a cappuccino or dark roast coffee.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by General Cigar Co. As always, we at ToastedFoot remain impartial for our readers, and are under no obligation review cigar samples we are sent.