October 27, 2012
Punch Bareknuckle Belicoso (5 x 50)
Video review HERE.
This cigar is a house brand by Punch for Cigars International. Draped in an oily, richly-hued Ecuadorian Habano Sun-Grown wrapper and jam-packed with long-fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua.
The cigar is well made with no veins. It is a dark brown in color. It has a nice density.
After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were sweet cedar, vanilla and pepper (7 out of 10).
About 1/2 inch in the flavors have settled down into sweet cedar, vanilla, coffee, and earth. The finish is cream with some lingering pepper. I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point. It shows signs that it may move a little further as it goes along.
At the one inch point there is some richness in the cedar. The finish is vanilla at this point with lingering pepper. The ash is more salt than pepper in color. The richness has made the cigar much better. It is not a full blown richness but it's nice.
At the midpoint the vanilla notes have subsided but there is the addition of wood which I would call oak. Some of the coffee notes have filtered over to the finish making it now one of coffee and cream. The previously described vanilla is now again cream. The finish continues to have some lingering pepper.
The cigar finished up with the same notes as the last segment. The cedar is the main player with the touch of richness. The coffee, wood, and pepper remained the same as did the finish; coffee and cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied. I thought this was a good size for this cigar. There are 3 other sizes offered but none over 6.1 inches and it also comes in a 50 ring. If this cigar had a little more richness in the cedar it would have gotten a higher score but I found the cigar to be very good. It would be a good afternoon or after dinner cigar.