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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
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.
I came into a small stash of cigars that I don’t have any room for and I have been told I can sell for a fair price.
This is a cigar I first tried at Highland Cigar Company back several months ago as it was a release from 2017’s IPCPR. The line, inspired by hotrods and muscle cars, came out from CAO as a tribute to the hot rod craze, as even the boxes come with pinup girls and artwork attributed to the engines.
Created by General Cigar’s Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna, the Flathead 660 is a bulky, jet black box pressed cigar with no veins, a simple red and silver band with the frontmark present. A quick cold draw from punch at the cap gives us dried plums and dark fruits.
Lighting up the cigar presents us bittersweet cocoa and chocolate notes, a touch of pepper. As the cigar smokes, the flavors intensify and I start to taste the dark fruit, though I’m unable to identify it. (My problem, not the cigars) Closing with a medium finish, the spices increase in intensity, making this a great value cigar that definitely lives up to the hype.
This is a brand new release from My Father Cigars, which features a Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper that has a plethora of flavors, and none of them were what I expected the cigar to have. All of them as usual, exceeded expectations.
This is a softer box press at 6X54, complete with the extravagant and somewhat ornate band that My Father is known for.
Cutting into the cigar with a straight cut, I take a prelight cold draw and pick up hints of wood, fruity notes. Pepper is actually absent considering this is a My Father cigar. Once the cigar is lit a few puffs
revealed white pepper from the wispy, white smoke. The draw was solid. Fruit and graham cracker sweetness, almost like honey, join the fold.
This is a full bodied, yet softer release from My Father, a perfect compliment to the My Father Le Bijou line. sweetness
The Señorial by Jose Blanco was a hit, but what could be better that this?
If you said a Maduro version, you’re goddamn right! Wrapped in a San Andreas wrapper, with Dominican fillers, Las Cumbres is knocking things out of the park.
The pre-light starts off with raisin and what I’d describe as terroir. Once lit, strong spice and oak come through. The cigar burns evenly with an enjoyable amount of smoke.
Black pepper starts to show itself in the second third, and on the final notes, we taste oak and mellow flavors. Overall, it’s a really satisfying cigar with a good, even burn line, good construction and a fantastic presentation.
Hint of vanilla.
The oak comes through stronger at the halfway point with the black pepper being nuanced.
Really glad to see JC Newman add a Maduro to this line and one that isn’t the Mighty Mighty. Nothing against the 6X60 cigar but I tend to prefer cigars in the toro range, usually no bigger than 6X54.
The Brick House Maduro Toro isn’t one of those cigars that’s going to blow your mind, but you’re smoking it because it’s consistent, draws well every time, is a little rustic in not just packaging but overall appearance and is a damn fine cigar for the price point.
Flavors include bitter cocoa, bittersweet notes and some earthiness that resonate throughout the entire cigar. Again, it’s consistent, well priced and a solid medium bodied cigar.