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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua 5.5x54
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: junglepete
80
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member bstessl (Brian).  This particular round was run as a blind review.  Each member received the exact same stick and none of them knew what it was.  So without further ado, the stick that was reviewed was the Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua 5.5 x 54.

The Hype:
Nothing short of a flavorful, this Nicaraguan handmade at General Cigar’s HATSA factory in Danlí, Honduras. Wrapped with a dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf and brimming with Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers. Medium to full-bodied, you can expect to be met with a deep earthiness nuances with a hint of leather and a slight spice.


Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Glen Morangie and Sparkling Water on the side.

Pre-Light: 15 Points of 20 Possible

A very firm canon. So firm I was worried about the draw. One very firm/hard spot. Some noticable veins present. A dark maduro wrapper applied almost seamlessly. Well applied cap that stayed intact with a straight Palio cut. Pre- light aroma was honey, mild hay, mild barnyard. No spice in the nose.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Easy light and a funky burn during the first third. Solid ash in first third, so solid that one spot would not break off with a tap due to a very tight spot in the canon. After the first third the burn opened up nicely.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

As I thought, there was one spot that was hard and tight, which caused the cigar to want to go out all during the first third. Once past that spot, the draw and burn were dead on. However, the first third was a struggle to keep lit and required more puffing than usual. The bunching was beautiful to look at. The cap held well throughout. The draw improved after first third.

Flavor: 27 Points of 35 Possible

First Third: Because of the heavy hurfing, the burn was a little hot and may have spoiled the tastes a bit. Milder than I expected but it did match the softer pre-light aromas.

Second Third: Much better. Reminds me of the flavor profile of something from A.J.Fenandez. I want to say Man O War or Diesel. Smooth, leathery, moving from milder to a solid medium bodied strength.

Final Third: Still enjoying the clouds of smoke and a perfect draw and burn now. Now it reminds me of a good Punch or a CAO Brazilia. Earth notes, more strength, hint of dark chocolate. Still a smooth finish.

Summary

Overall I liked the cigar and would smoke another. It never really got much stronger than a medium plus body in strength but there was some nice tastes going around. The first third was spoiled by some construction issues, but I liked it enough to nub it in the end. A big thanks goes out to Brian for including me in this mysterious blind review.



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