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
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.
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