Punch 'Elites' Double Maduro Corona

Punch Elites Double Maduro Corona 1
Punch 'Elites' Double Maduro Corona. 5.25x45. Good build with straight edges, though veins and ends were too pronounced for my taste. Dark sweated wrap. Lit well. Cut was poor, resulting in a bad unraveling of the crown and careful handling for the entire session. Easy draw pre- and post-light.

First half tastes of roasted, almost burnt walnut, hard wood, almond notes. Second half is wood, bitter herb, notes of black coffee, allspice on the exhale. Ash was clean, nearly white with gray striping, holding near two inches. Burn was mostly even across, though some course correction was needed mid way. Draw was consistently easy to the end.

This is was an enjoyable cigar with the one build flaw of its wrap at the crown. Even the sloppiest of cuts should not result in a complete unravelling of the wrap. Throughout the cigar, I had to pay careful attention to the wrap to keep it in check. Other than this, the cigar was good with a standard of quality that I come to expect from Punch. I will have this cigar again in the near future, to test whether or not the rookie wrapping was a fluke. Recommended.

From the company:

"A go-to brand among tenured smokers since its introduction in 1969, Punch cigars are a classic. The brand lives up to its name with a bold, full-flavored taste derived from its Ecuadorian wrapper and rich blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. The large-ring Magnum and uniquely-shaped Champion frontmarks have earned high praise from Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider, with 90 and 91 ratings, respectively. Cigar Cyclopedia concurred, and gave the collection a stellar A rating."
[source: punchcigars.com]

"Smooth with some spiciness, a Punch cigar will fit everyone's palate. With an excellent range of flavor but not overpowering, Punch cigars are superbly constructed and consistently delicious. Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan filler, Connecticut binder and a dark wrapper. Robust and full-flavored - Punch is a world class cigar. Punch cigars have received countless 90+ ratings, including several 91s and ‘Humidor Selection’ honors, noting: 'This attractive, oily cigar has a rich leathery aroma. It’s full bodied and balanced. Flavors include leather, wood and earth. The finish is long.' "
[source: cigarsinternational.com]

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