Punch Signature – Cigar Review

Punch Signature Cigar 2
The Punch Signature is a cigar touted as having a rare and refined tobaccos.  It has an oily wrapper leaf and a perfect draw after cutting.  Once lit up, the cigar started out very spicy and peppery.  The spice quickly calmed down and the flavors were creamy and buttery for the second third.  The final third was a perfect mix of that sweetness and peppery spice.  We also tasted some cinnamon in there.  Overall, the construction was perfect and the flavors were good.  We felt the flavor profile was missing some complexity, but it was enjoyable, worthy of being a signature line.  Give these a try!
Punch Signature Cigar 1
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 46/50
Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

Punch Signature Cigar 3
7:34 PM
StraightUpCigars: The Punch Signature has an oily wrapper leaf with a semi-sweet tobacco smell to it. Did a shallow cut and this is what I think of when I say perfect draw, some resistance, but plenty of air moving through.
7:37 PM
Terry1: Mine has a perfect draw as well. Getting a dusty pecan note on the cold draw. Looks like a great cigar. Ready to light this one up.
7:38 PM
IamDarren: very interesting, kinda retro band on this thing. Construction looks decent, nice sheen on the wrapper. Little snug on the draw but getting that same dusty pecan note that Terry mentioned.
7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lighting!
7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: Getting a woody and nutty flavor to start, with a little sweetness and a peppery finish.
7:42 PM
Terry1: Pepper right off the bat! Some sweetness in the background. Smoke volume is lighter than expected but adequate.
7:43 PM
IamDarren: sweet spice, pepper, a kind of leathery nutty flavor coming through near the finish. Strong but not over the top.
7:45 PM
Terry1: I’m getting the leathery note on the finish. Don’t taste the nutty flavor both of you are getting.
7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: That tangy pepper/spice is really good right now. I like it.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: im getting a creamy, buttery note on the finish, Its probably just my brain associating that with nuts but its pleasant and calms down the spice and pepper that i get twords the front of my palate.
7:49 PM
Terry1: Mine is getting more creamy too. Pepper has dialed down a couple of notches allowing some of the other notes through. There is a pleasant sweetness present and that leather earthy note on the finish. I’m liking it.
7:50 PM
IamDarren: Hey guys, my father needs some help. Hopefully i will be back before the cigar is finished, but don’t wait up
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: All right hopefully everything is all right. We’ll be here.
7:54 PM
StraightUpCigars: The flavor is real good too, but big hats off on the construction so far. Draw, ash, burn line are all good.
7:55 PM
Terry1: Yeah mine is burning well too but the draw is beginning to tighten up. I think the cigar is a little wet and it’s swelling with the heat. Not a problem yet, just an observation.
7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s not surprising if it’s anything close to as hot there as it is here.
7:57 PM
Terry1: It’s hot but bearable, around 90 today.
7:58 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s pretty bad. I think it’s pure shock for these spoiled cigars… sitting in a humidified box at a constant temp all day.
8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have an idea, most cigars are aged and all at the same temp/humidity etc. What if a manufacturer aged/cured a brand of cigars in varying temps/humidity? I would guess there would be some subtle differences between each cigar and could make a box purchase more interesting.
8:02 PM
StraightUpCigars: Call it: The Experiment
8:04 PM
Terry1: I wonder if that would work? It would probably be a pain for the manufacturer to try.
8:05 PM
Terry1: The price on these are reasonable, about $4 a stick.
8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, these are cheaper than I would have guessed. These particular samples were gifted, of course.
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: A different spin on my previous idea, a line of cigars made of the same tobacco… some aged in oak casks, some in cedar lined rooms etc. Would be interesting to see just how much the aging/curring process affects the flavor.
8:11 PM
Terry1: Band popped off without any problems. My only issue with Punch cigars is the creepy doll they use as a mascot. I’d have nightmares if I had one of those in the house.
8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol! I was thinking that earlier. I have a buddy that has a clown phobia, I doubt he would smoke one of these.
8:13 PM
Terry1: That’s an interesting idea on the curing process. I’ll bet that is something that is tried and they choose the best result for production.
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: I bet you’re right. The manufacturers surely already know the answer to my question, but I think the consumer would be interested in tasting the difference.
8:15 PM
Terry1: It would make an interesting blending class.
8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: My band popped right off too, but I was afraid to touch the clown puppet… don’t want to awake any evil spirits.
8:18 PM
StraightUpCigars: The flavor on mine is getting progressively richer and fuller bodied. Getting a bitter coffee flavor right now that’s pretty enjoyable.
8:21 PM
Terry1: I agree with the richer flavors. The flavors are really melding together nicely. Not getting the bitter coffee yet. Mine is still sweet with a dash of pepper and earth.
8:24 PM
StraightUpCigars: You’re right, nice balance of flavors. This one has some strength too, starting to creep on me.
8:26 PM
Terry1: I’m noticing the strength too. Draw was getting too plug so I used a poker and now it’s drawing well.
8:34 PM
Terry1: I’m getting a little cinnamon. My mouth is tingling.
8:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think that’s what I’ve been tasting. The pepper is back in a big way on mine too.
8:37 PM
Terry1: I’m just about done. The strength is starting to kick my ass. Good flavors still.
8:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s getting close too. Ratings coming up.
8:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think this is a cigar worth of calling your signature line. The flavors were real good… maybe just lacking a little something. Price is definitely good and worth buying.
8:42 PM
Terry1: Good cigar just got a too strong for me in the end. The draw tightening up became a small problem. I agree it’s worth trying.

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