Cheap Ash: Punch Rare Corojo

A few weeks ago I asked you to tell me what cigars you’d like to see my review, and one of those suggestions actually surprised me. It was suggested that I review some of the older brands, such as Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, etc. I really like this suggestion because I think the older brands, most of which are owned by a couple large companies, still hold a very important place in the cigar market. These cigars, at least to me, represent how many of us started smoking cigars. So with that said, I think I’m going to make an effort to review more of these cigars.

Name: Punch Rare Corojo
Company: General Cigar Company
Made in: Honduras American Tabaco S.A., Cofradia, Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominica Piloto Cubano
Price: $3.50 per stick
Comes in: Boxes of 25
Vitola: Elites (5 1/4″ X 45) (Corona Extra)

The Punch Rare Corojo was introduced in 2001 by General Cigar Company. This line in the Punch family comes box-pressed and features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The wrapper is a medium shade of brown and has a leathery appearance. The wrapper is dry to the touch and the tiny veins in the wrapper are not detectable to the touch. I was unable to find and hard or soft spots in this cigar and after clipping the cigar I found a wonderful draw. Pre-light aroma was light and reminiscent of cedar.

After I put fire to the end of this cigar I was impressed with the amount of smoke it produced. The smoke delivered a nice mix of nutty and woody flavors. This cigar was pretty straight forward without any complexity, but in this case I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Because let’s face it, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Looking back on the construction of the cigar I’m really impressed with the draw and just how evenly the cigar burned. The mix of good flavors, solid construction and great price make the Punch Rare Corojo Elites a perfect everyday cigar that I’d recommend to anyone. If you’re in the market for a straight forward affordable smoke then this stick should do the trick.

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A decent cigar at a great price,can’t go wrong with these.

Thanks for the personnel update — Life has a way of intruding, no? (Or, as John Lennon put it: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.)

Awesome sit-down you’ve got there; local ‘baccy store? Nothing like that in Boston…

And, of course, thanks for the review!

I have had a few of these, but in the bigger sizes. I think I had the 60 ring gauge ones. They were a decent smoke, but at the local price in the b&m, I would rather grab a La Traviata :)


Budget cigars! Now we’re talking. :) Thanks for the review Chris.

Good evening Chris, this sounds like my type of cigar, good tasting, and the price is also good, and it’s a Punch!

The Punch Rare Corojo is my favorite Punch blend. I have to admit the Upper Cut is catching up fast!

Great review. It is nice to see these old faithful cigar reviews. I remember when I started smoking, back when the Rare Corojo first came out, and I would buy these every week. I loved them. Might just pick some up next time I am at the B&M.

How bout doin some fuentes: God of Fire blends, Don Carlos, etc. I really enjoy the hemmingway but other than that not a big fan.

I have not smoked Punch cigar’s in awhile. It is a cigar that you can smoke in any occassion. Great review….


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