Punch Corona Corta

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Punch cigars, in my experience, are one of the cigars that most cigar smokers have smoked at some point.  They can generally be found in any tobacconists inventory and fall in a reasonable price-point.  Today I’m reviewing  the Punch Corona Corta that, because of it’s size, has become a cigar I generally keep around for times that I want a short smoke.  

Company: General Cigar
Made in: Cofradia, Honduras
Made by: Honduras American Tabaco S.A. 
Size: 4 1/2 x 44 Corona Corta
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler:   Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican
Binder:  Connecticut Broadleaf 
MSRP: $3.25 each/$81.25 box of 25

Pre-light

The Punch Corona Corta is a short, firmly constructed petit corona.  Dressed in a cinnamon brown sumatra wrapper, these Punch cigars are devoid of any veins or noticeable blemishes.  All of the examples felt uniformly constructed, and had little aroma other than tobacco.  I cut the cigars with my Palio cutter and took a few tight, but unrestricted, pre-light draws.  

First Half

Upon lighting this cigar I got a load of cinnamon, pepper and cedar flavors.  The Punch created a significant amount of light airy smoke, that quickly rose to the ceiling.  Continued puffing yielded a classic nutty flavor that acted as a nice mellow background for the spicy flavors previously mentioned.  I took a few retro-hales of this cigar and got even stronger spice flavors.  The smoke left my nose tingling.  The burn line was consistently straight on these cigars and the ash held on, in most cases, for the entire first half of the cigar.  

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Second Half

As I smoked my way into the second half of this cigar I began to notice the cinnamon and pepper flavors mellowing, and becoming nearly undetectable.  The nut and cedar flavors became more prominent, and delivered a pleasant end to the Punch.  I also began to notice the smoke becoming increasingly hot as I got deeper into the second half.  On more than one occasion I purposefully took more time between puffs to try and cool down the cigar, however, the heat remained.  With a smoke time between 25-40 minutes, these cigar met the bottom of the ashtray.

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Final Thoughts

Like I said in the introduction, Punch cigars are just one of those cigars that most cigar enthusiasts have smoked at one time or another.  This was by no means a bad cigar, however, it lacked the complexity that I have grown to appreciate from different manufacturers.  The hot smoke towards the end was the only true downside of this cigar.  I won’t give this cigar a strong endorsement to the seasoned smoker, but I do believe it has a place in the humidors of beginning cigar enthusiasts.  The flavors are standard and the price point is great.  I also think this cigar is a good pick for anyone that needs a few short smokes for lunchtime or on the ride to and from work.  I enjoy this cigar most with a hot cup of coffee and would suggest others try this combination.  

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Comments

Nice review. It is good to see reviews of some sticks that might serve a different purpose (ie. lunchtime smoke) than the typical sizes.

Thanks for the review. I do like the Punch in a maduro wrapper and I’ve tried sumatra but it doesn’t do it for me.

Nice and honest review. Great info.! Very useful

i can’t find a web site to order these delicious treats and have them sent to iraq …. for the love of aries can you help me

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