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The Gran Puro Nicaragua, latest release from Punch cigars is more or less a line extension. With re-envisioned coloring and packaging, the brand is trying to remain relevant among a sea of new blends for newer smokers who crave something different.
Using a USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan binder, and fillers, the line isn’t a puro at all. But it is interesting. Measuring at 6X54, the cigar was supposed to be a blend of different things and have more complexity than the usual Punch smoker was accustomed to.
The cigar itself is rolled and constructed well, and a plethora of peppery smelling smoke emits from the lit foot. Flavors from the cigar aren’t overwhelming, so we may come back to this in a different size. But what I did pick up included pepper, sweet molasses, wood notes and and if you reach, you can detect subtle hints of sweetness at the end.
Overall, decent but nothing I’d purposely write home about.
This is a monster of a cigar but it has flavor and some depth to it. I had this at Russia’s (Got Cigars?) in Decatur as we’re thinking of carrying it.
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morron
- Binder: African Cameroon
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: STG Estelí (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited Edition (3,500 boxes of 20 cigars)
- 6X60 in this size and will probably retail for just around $9.
“As promised with CAO’s announcement of their Pan-Am Tour at the beginning of April, the company released details on a new limited release over the weekend. The CAO Pan-Am Tour is a virtual tour throughout the focal points of the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Mexico with the new CAO Zócalo.”
Now, the review: The first thing about this cigar honestly is that it’s hella packed full of tobacco. I used a V-cut and took a pull, getting nothing really special off the cold draw.
But that’s not how I judge a cigar anyway, so lighting it up, I took a puff. Then another, and got it good and going. The first thing to note was the sweetness from the Cameroon binder imparting distinctly. The flavors were mellow and medium with hints of spice. Consistent throughout the first third and a half, until warmer flavors pick up. The taste of red pepper becomes evident. The draw is excellent, and the cigar retains a good bit of ash before I knocked it off.
The Zócalo.finishes with a combination of that sweet, earthy taste and mild pepper notes.
We recently received a box of Rocky Patel 55, a new release from Rocky Patel and Co. out of Esteli, Nicaragua factory.
This is a multinational blend consisting of Nicaragua and Costa Rican tobaccos. This cigar was created to honor Rocky’s 55th birthday (this year!) and is part of the Artisan series.
Right from the start, the draw on this cigar is good, producing a good heft of sweet smelling smoke. There is definitely a plum taste to it. The cigar feels thicker and better packed than the softer counterpart the Rocky Patel platinum. Hits of sweet cocoa light up the first few puffs.
As the cigar burns fairly evenly, the softness of the flavors really accent the smoking experience. Unlike the Decade or the 15th, the 55 is much smoother.
Developing flavors include light cocoa or chocolate, almost like baking chocolate. Still with the easy draw. i’m really enjoying this cigar more than I thought I would.
The middle and final third produce
baking chocolate. Definite baking chocolate. Spice joins an earthy core for a medium finish that’s rather unique in that it lingers just on the palate without quite being annoying.
It’s a higher price point for a Rocky, but I feel it’s justified
This is a celebratory blend to commemorate the formation of two
great American Icons in both grocers and wine making. Kroger and Wente both found their way onto the scene in America during the year 1883 and have had a bit of a partnership as Icons in their respective industries.
I’ll be honest. Much of what I’m seeing in the grocery stores that passes for wines from California does little to thrill me. Perhaps it’s years of living in the Bay Area and having access to much of the wine up front, or having access to inexpensive wines that were under priced.
The Wente Cab isn’t a bad Cabernet. Fruit flavors and cherry from the get go start off the wine. It’s a deep red in color. The nose of this wine is light, but the berry tartness can be picked up easily. The wine has a mellow flavor, almost like that mulled wine flavor I keep picking up in CA wines that I buy from the grocer. I did manage to pair it with tritip from the cast iron, and that helped.
This is not a disparaging review by any means. I have had a ton of wines from California (particularly from Underground Cellar and Firstleaf) and this wine serves as an excellent table wine with friends.
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It’s nice to go where they remember you even after you haven’t visited in eons! I picked up another can of wine. Yes, you read that right.
Underwood Cellars is located in Oregon and is part of the Union Wine Company.
The folks at Wahoo Wine and Provisions keep Underwood Cellars cans of wine in stock and out of my own natural curiosity I had to try one. I’ve had the Cabernet Savignon, the Pinot Noir and now I’m trying the Sparkling Rose.
I have to be honest. The snob in me is disgusted LOL!
But honestly? This is one of the better cans of wine I’ve had in a long time. In fact, for a rose, since I’m not overly fond of those to begin with, it was pretty tasty. The nose was typical, but the flavors were lingering tart cherry, blueberry and almost a candy heart sugariness that’s oddly light and refreshing.
I’ll go back for the other two cans mentioned and do reviews on them when I can.
Big takeaway here? Oregon is known for stellar Pinots. But wine in a can?
Blew my mind too, but remember, a can of wine is HALF A BOTTLE haha!
We got this cigar in recently at Got Cigars? in Decatur and I was curious. I haven’t had a Rocky in a good long while, on purpose.
The first thing to note is the very clean lines on this box pressed cigar. Habano wrapper- guessing Ecuadorian Habano.
Pre-light flavors include deep raisin, almost sweetness. Some hints of wood, and leather. The pull is easy. A rich, chocolate, blemish free wrapper graces the cigar.
Used a straight cut. The green and silver band are a nice touch.
Right off the top, oak and spice, like a coarse black pepper. Bit of wood. Easy draw. Plenty of grey smoke. Smoke has a pepper smell to it, black.
This isn’t as robust as say, the RP Decade. It’s a little mellower. The burn line isn’t clearly even but I expect the cigar to correct itself or only require a small touch up. I’m anal about my cigars burning evenly.
The ash didn’t hold on. It feel pretty quickly. During the first third, the flavors sweeten a little, becoming more open to that raisin/plum-like note I hinted to earlier. The burn line has mostly evened out. Draw is easy. Feel in my fingers is a little softer than I’m used to. We did just open the box the other day.
The cigar gains some additional red pepper flake flavors, along with mellow sweetness before a bite comes across the palate. Not a harsh or bad thing, just maybe that black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.
Once I touched up the burn line, the cigar burned evenly. This is around the start of the second third.
The flavors continue to mellow slightly. Overall, a good cigar. Burn line did stay even. Mellow, almost mulled wine finish mixed in with hints of white pepper. I picked up dry oak on the middle third of the cigar and the white pepper intensified.