This week’s group cigar review is of the Punch Rare Corojo 2013. This cigar is a limited annual release by Punch. The first thing we noticed is the nice looking and extremely oily wrapper, so oily that it stained the celo a yellow color. Both of our cigars had a loose draw after cutting and we smelled a slight barnyard smell on the wrapper. Once lit up, we tasted charred cedar and a caramel sweetness, then a spicy finish. This cigar just billows smoke, the loose draw actually made it smoke very well. Later on in the cigar a coffee flavor dominated as the sweetness faded out. It started out mild/medium bodied and ended medium/full with a spicy kick. Overall, we loved the construction and enjoyed the flavor, but we felt it was missing the “wow” factor to put it over the top. Nevertheless, it is easily worth the price and we recommend giving these a try.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: This Punch Rare Corojo has one of the oiliest wrappers I’ve ever seen, the celophane it was in has turned yellowish brown from all the oil! Really nice looking wrapper.
Terry1: Agree, the Punch Rare Corojo is a nice looking cigar. Slight barnyard smell to the wrapper. Draw is on the loose side with not much flavor.
StraightUpCigars: Barnyard smell for me too, and mine has a loose draw as well, I wish I wouldn’t have cut it so deep now. Ready to light up
Terry1: Lighting up.
Terry1: Nice. Lot’s of caramel sweetness on the first few puffs. Some earth and just a hint of spice. Lot’s of smoke coming off this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Minee lit up easily and has a rich charred cedar flavor and a spicy/sweet finish. I like the start, lots of flavor but only mild-medium bodied.
StraightUpCigars: I like the open draw and easy smoking of this one – lots of smoke like you mentioned.
StraightUpCigars: Did the cigars I sent make it there safely?
Terry1: Yes they did. You must not have seen my post on Saturday. For some reason the chat room reset on Sunday.
Terry1: Thanks for the ties! That was a surprise. Where did you find cigar themed ties?
StraightUpCigars: No I did not, the chat room did its twice monthly clean out thing.
StraightUpCigars: No problem, I thought you’d like those! I just end up with one every few shipments and I’ve been setting them off to the side. A couple of those were really neat ones. Ine was kinda cheesy.
StraightUpCigars: Funny thing about the cigars, I went on Cbid to buy a fiver of Oliva Masters for us to try out, then I ended up with 5 other 5 packs
Terry1: I liked them. I appreciate the gift. I’ll wear them when I go see me cigar smoking clients.
StraightUpCigars: Nice, I’d imagine they’ll be great conversation starters.
Terry1: This is my first time smoking the Rare Corojo. I’m liking it so far. I heard the corojo is so rare it’s not even in the cigar. Laughed the first time I heard that and realized it was true.
StraightUpCigars: This thing has really ramped up the flavor. That charred wood flavor has increased quite a bit. Hoping for a little more of the sweetness to come back.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! I like this one too. We did smoke the 75th anniversary one a few years ago, but this one seems different, I’ll have to go read that rview.
Terry1: The sweetness has faded. I’m getting more of that black coffee and earth. It must be the charred wood note you’re getting.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, sounds like our cigars are doing the same thing.
StraightUpCigars: Can’t say enough about how easy it is to smoke this one, that’s a nice bonus. I bought some other punches for us to try, the Bully.
Terry1: It is easy to smoke. I get a hint of sweetness ever few puffs. I’d like it to be more upfront. The pepper on mine is fairly mild thou. Ash is holding on. It’s well over an inch now.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, strong ash. First band popped right off too.
Terry1: If I didn’t have the bands on it I’d try to see how long it would go. But I’m too the point where that first band needs to come off.
StraightUpCigars: I’ve seen pics of people that smoke the whole cigar without ashing. I’ve never tried it. You?
Terry1: Wow they come off easily. Whatever glue they are using should be an industry standard.
Terry1: No I haven’t. I usually end up wearing the ash when I let it get too long.
Terry1: Just looked up the price on these. Not too bad. Under $5 and you can probably find them for less.
StraightUpCigars: You are so right, they have the band glue down to a science.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, these are a serious bargain, only sold in a limited batch for a short time each year too. The whole Punch line is fairly priced IMO.
Terry1: Yeah it funny. It’s an easy brand for me to overlook. I’ll have to try them more often.
IamDarren: hey fellas, whatcha smoking?
StraightUpCigars: Hey Darren Punch Rare Corojo tonight
Terry1: We’er about halfway if you want to join us.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, the brand is odd, they are half boutique and half big brand. The bands are reminiscent of RYJ and MAC, but then the lines have silly names like Bully and this one is a limited release.
IamDarren: you guys are pretty far along, I think I will pass. Just got in from planting corn. I might light something up though.
IamDarren: which blend is it?
IamDarren: that’s the name
StraightUpCigars: I’m confused.
IamDarren: lol, I was just wondering what your cigar is? I scrolled up but I couldn’t find where you mentioned it.
StraightUpCigars: It’s the Punch Rare Corojo.
Terry1: Hey Darren, the cigar festival released some of the cigars they’re giving out this year. Excellent selection. There’s a new AJ Fernandez called New World that I never heard of.
IamDarren: Still gotta talk to the wife about going. That’s pretty cool that they saved a new AJ blend for the festival.
IamDarren: I picked up another new AJ stick to send you guys. He just decided to release the Diesel Unlimited with a maduro wrapper. Looked pretty tasty.
StraightUpCigars: Nice snag Darren! Is AJ going to be there this year?
Terry1: Don’t know yet. They haven’t released who will be there this year.
StraightUpCigars: How’s the planting going Darren?
IamDarren: just got started with dryland. We have already strip tilled a bunch of ground so now we just have to run the planter across it. Hopefully it will make things go smoother this year.
IamDarren: im gonna grab the laptop and head outside
StraightUpCigars: My stick has increased to medium-full here on its last leg. That charred flavor just keeps on increasing. I definitely taste a coffee flavor too like you mentioned Terry. I do wish the sweetness would have come back, but I’ve liked this one nonetheless.
Terry1: Yeah I’m into the last third and this Punch Rare Corojo is billowing with smoke. Burn is still perfect. The flavors are good but it’s missing the wow factor. A little more sweetness or pepper would help define this cigar better.
StraightUpCigars: Well said, missing the wow factor. This is also a low strength cigar, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to someone new to cigars.
Terry1: I was thinking the same thing. Good flavors that wouldn’t overwhelm a new smoker.
StraightUpCigars: And a fair price too. Can’t wait to try that Bully, that’s touted as a full body cigar.
IamDarren: I think the last punch that I had was the Uppercut. I don’t remember being all that impressed. Is Punch another General Cigar brand?
StraightUpCigars: Yep, they are.
StraightUpCigars: We decided earlier that they are a brand without identity.
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s just about finished up, I may have smoked it a little fast. Easy to do with how much smoke it produces, it’s hard to set down.
IamDarren: good point, you don’t hear much about the brand
Terry1: I do like some of the new names they are using, Bully, Upper Cut, Bare Knuckle. They need to distance themselves from that creepy Punch puppet.
StraightUpCigars: Lol! you are so right.
Terry1: I’m just about done too. We can rate it when you are ready.
StraightUpCigars: All right, gimme a second.
Terry1: A solid cigar. I’d buy a fiver. Not sure I liked it enough to get a 25 count box.
StraightUpCigars: I agree. You really summed it up, missing the wow factor. It does make up for that with excellent construction and the oiliest wrapper on the market.