Punch Cigars are known for delivering a wallop, as the majority of their products can be considered far beyond full bodied. A lot of their products will be too strong for even seasoned smokers, but for once, this company has produced a medium to full bodied stick, that almost anyone will enjoy. I certainly like the Upper Cut in the Toro size, and this new release is the best yet from this famous company. While it is a Honduran cigar, and therefore robust, its Nicaraguan tobacco takes a bit of the “edge off.” This along with the Sumatra wrapper, make it a delight, and I’m going to purchase a box of these to age. They are simply that delicious, and one of the best values, that money can buy.
The first difference between this Punch and others, was the appearance. Simply put, its beautiful, which is in stark contrast to their usual rough and ready looking stogies. This allows you to consider the Punch Upper Cut as a gift type of cigar, and I almost didn’t want to fire it up, due to its gorgeous appearance. The wrapper just has a glowing sheen to it, and the foot’s tobacco is rolled in such a way, that you can tell it was treated with reverence at the factory. This is a huge improvement for the folks at Punch, and the dual bands makes it even more pretty. The golden colors mix well with the wrapper, and its easy to take off.
Yet what really impresses me, is the flavor of this cigar. I cannot possibly express in words, how delicious this cigar is. In fact, it is now in my top five list of great smokes. The cigar is very sophisticated, and it is one of the few stogies I have had, that have both notes of citrus and leather. The latter note is the most prevalent throughout, and I like this taste, along with the hints of chocolate, nuts, and earthy tones. At the beginning it does have a bit of a kick, but mellows out nicely with a bit of cooling, and just keeps getting better throughout the hour it takes to smoke this. The velvety finish, and medium body are greatly appreciated, and the smoke volume is excellent.
As for the cigar’s construction, this is also impressive. The draw is right where it should be, and it holds up throughout the experience. You cannot do better with a cigar’s burn rate than this one, its even and you can easily have three inches of ash on the end of it. These cigars are now being sold everywhere, and at $5.80 each, these are an incredible value. You can buy them as part of a box, and that will save you even more, but this is a fantastic value even when purchased individually. Kudos to the folks at Punch deserve credit for the Upper Cut Line. The quality of tobacco, the perfect taste, and great construction make it a must have cigar.