Sunday, August 10, 2008

Punch Rare Corojo Crystale

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If this cigar can call itself "rare" yet still be available to the general public as I type this, then what in the world is in the Oliva serie V that makes IT so rare to find? Actually, General Cigar Co. calls the Punch Rare Corojo rare because: "... it's rich reddish wrapper leaves can only be grown in limited quantities." The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sumatra seed wrapper. (Sumatra is starting to become my favorite type of wrapper ;-)) The binder is USA Connecticut and the filler is a blend of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar is the creation of Villazon cigar master Frank Llaneza and is manufactured in Cofradia, Honduras. It debuted in 2001 and in 2007, the torpedo vitola was introduced in torpedo-shaped glass tubes and named, "Crystale".

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The dimensions of the torpedo is 54 ring gauge by 5.5 inches. You can purchase them in boxes of 20 for around $85. My first impression of this cigar was that the wrapper seemed thicker than most cigar wrappers. I worried about problems with burn especially if the cigar was overly humidified. So I plan on keeping the cigars in their tubes to prevent this problem. Hopefully with the weather getting warmer, I don't have to worry about them drying out too quickly. I just have to keep my eye on them. Other aspects of the wrapper- it has some medium veins through out as well as some dark mottling. The cigar overall feels firm and nicely packed and if you run your fingers across the surface you will notice a slight coarseness due to it's toothy character.

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The cap is well formed and quite generous in size. I recommend taking advantage of this by clipping most of it off to allow for a better draw. Even with most of the cap removed, I found the draw to be medium yet free. The wrapper smells wonderful with a nice aromatic tobacco richness that is quite obvious. The flavor on the pre-light draw was reminiscent of a fruity dark tea. The cigar lit up evenly and produced a very compact light gray ash. The burn line was sharp then spread to almost medium towards the end.

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The Punch Rare Corojo tastes great right from the start. The flavor profile starts off in the medium range with a fruity tang, coffee flavor and notes of chocolate and cinnamon spice on the finish. The resting smoke is very pleasant and smells of warm spiced tobacco. The second third of the cigar produced the same flavors but it's impact was much fuller and rounder. Rich dark chocolate flavor with notes of vanilla towards the finish. Hints of leather begin to make itself known as well, all the while remaining smooth and balanced. The last third puts the leather up front along with more sharpness (acidity) to the point of being too tart. I had to stop with one and a half inches remaining as the cigar began to feel hot to the touch and the flavors began to turn harsh. Also, I noticed that the draw was getting tighter in the last third as the filler seemed to be expanding like "a fat lady in skinny jeans". I kept waiting for the cigar to pop at any minute.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the richness of this cigar. The cigar smells wonderful and the flavor profile is very satisfying. I believe the price to be a great bargain at about four and some change for a flavorful tubed cigar. I would definitely recommend buying these cigars. They are sure to be a hit now and also later with a few years of aging.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not my taste now or in a few years. Taste like ash burning on a stick. The first ince was fine then it went all to hell from there.