March 25, 2012

Punch Rare Corojo 2012 Magnum (5.1x54)

Video review HERE.

This is the 2012 version of the Punch Rare Corojo and the size is the Magnum, 5.1x54. It is a beautiful reddish brown and box pressed. The cigar feels dense and it looks the part also.

The cigar utilizes a dark Sumatra wrapper with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder around Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran filler.

These cigars were introduced in March and will be around until May 31st, 2012. The range in price from $3.59 to $6.49.

After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were leather and cinnamon with some nice pepper.

About 1/2 inch in the leather is the lead player followed by cinnamon with a mix of vanilla and a touch of citrus to give the cigar a little twang. The finish is primarily vanilla with a little almond and a touch of lingering pepper. The pepper in the spice is average. The cigar seems to be one of primarily leather with the other flavors secondary. The ash is light in color and the cigar is medium bodied.

About an inch in I am revising my original assessment of flavors. What I initially labeled as citrus notes are actually tea notes. This is an odd combination of cinnamon and tea following the prominent leather notes.

At the band the cigar has not made many changes. The main flavors of leather, cinnamon, and tea are still in place but every one in awhile you get notes of almond. The pepper remains good. The finish is a creamy, light vanilla with a touch of lingering pepper.

At the end of the cigar if finished much like it started with heavy leather notes with cinnamon and tea. The cinnamon notes decreased somewhat at the end. The pepper was nice. The finish was vanilla with some lingering pepper. A nice cigar especially if you like leathery cigars.

Score: 87

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