Up for review is the Sucker Punch cigar by Punch. It is a nice looking cigar with a light colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. After cutting, the draw is a little loose on it. Once lit up, there is an initial acidity that is overwhelming. That eventually fades and leaves a rich, sweet, and earthy flavor with some faint pepper. Towards the end, that open draw allows the cigar to heat up and the acidity comes back. Overall, both sticks had some construction issues and draws that were too open. The second third was very good, but the rest of the cigar left a lot to be desired. We recommend trying this one before committing to a box purchase.
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
IamDarren: Band is interesting to say the least. Very light shade wrapper. Nice sheen. Mine does have a 1/4 inch crack near the band.
Terry1: Yeah the band is interesting. The Punch Sucker Punch has a sweet hay smell to the wrapper. The draw is a tad open and it has the same hay note. Ready to light this up.
IamDarren: yep I’m getting the same draw and hay note. Lighting up now.
IamDarren: Well. Mine is not starting out that good. Very acidic with some pepper up front. Slightly creamy finish. Hope it improves.
IamDarren: Starting to pick up a bit more sweetness with the cream. Still peppery up front and in the sinus.
Terry1: I’m having trouble getting enough smoke through the barrel. Mine is starting out with the same sweet hay note as the cold draw, a mild pepper note and some of the acidity you mentioned.
IamDarren: Mine smoke production is decent but you would expect more from the easy draw
IamDarren: acidity is fading on mine, thankfully. Nice mix of pepper, hay, and a creamy sweet note.
Terry1: Smoke production is getting better. It takes a couple of puffs to get it going thou. I’ll agree with the pepper, hay and sweet notes. I’m liking the sweetness and pepper in the aroma. The acidity is gone on mine too.
IamDarren: pepper is also starting to fade on mine going into the second third. Sweetness is really coming to the front now. It is also picking up a slight richness. It might just be that the acidic hay note was covering it up.
IamDarren: Went ahead and removed the huge band. It came off easily.
Terry1: I’m guessing the sucker punch will happen in the final third. Did Punch make the cigar look like a mild Connecticut but fill it with heavy fillers? The first third tastes like a typical connie. I’m actually curious to see if the strength hits me later.
IamDarren: They rate it at a medium strength. I just wonder if they are starting to name the cigars to align with the brand name.
Terry1: I’ll take the boxing references over that creepy puppet.
IamDarren: that darn crack is letting air in so it must be through the binder, Luckily it isn
IamDarren: it isn’t too far from the head so I can cover it up
IamDarren: watch the ash, its getting soft and flakey
Terry1: That sucks. Hopefully it wont cause to much headache. Band came off cleanly. Burn is good. Flavors are about the same as I get closer to the middle third.
IamDarren: So far this is a decent cigar. Looks like some high ratings on famous. I have also been noticing a five star rating on cigarsintl. I can’t help but wonder if they weed out the negative reviews to sell more product.
IamDarren: You never see anything under 3 stars
Terry1: I’ve wondered that too but you would expect to see a stink rise up on the blogs from people who posted bad reviews and had them removed.
IamDarren: I also wonder if the people who post reviews are the Punch fanboys. You can get very biased if you are brand loyal.
IamDarren: richness is still creeping upward on my stick. Starting to get an earthy flavor in the mix.
Terry1: Into the middle third. Sweetness is dominant. Pepper is very light. I only get it through the sinus. Hay notes and a slight bitterness rounds out the flavors now for me. Got a crack now between the burn line and where the band was. Still smoking okay.
IamDarren: worth noting that if I smoke a little fast it gets dryer and the acidity starts to creep back in.
IamDarren: I guess I have always kinda lumped Punch with the big brands like Monte and RyJ. They are mostly decent sticks but usually they never wow me.
Terry1: I’d agree. Not a brand I seek out much but it’s okay if I get one in a sampler.
IamDarren: The G Maduro by Hoyo de Monterrey is the only big brand cigar that I have ever bought a box of that I can recall.
IamDarren: Saint Luis Rey, sorry
Terry1: Yeah that’s a decent stick. I’ve been trying to smoke slower but the bitterness is building in my mouth. Not liking that. Aroma is still nice.
IamDarren: Mine has decent flavor but I am getting a little acidity on the back of my tongue.
Terry1: My cigar is swelling where the crack is. Luckily it went straight up and stopped at the overlap. It’s affecting the ash, flowering a little but still smoking okay.
IamDarren: I’m into the last third. Not much to report. Decent flavor. Medium body.
Terry1: Same here. Flavors have lost some of the sweetness. It’s more earthy now. Burn caught up to the crack and evened everything out. I am feeling the nicotine now. My curiosity is satisfied.
IamDarren: lol, same here
IamDarren: this one is turning out to be more like a love tap
Terry1: Mine is starting to smoke hot. I’ve got about an inch left and I’m having to let is sit before I puff on it to keep from burning my mouth. Flavors are getting washed out. Probably from the heat.
IamDarren: Last third is ending like it started. Getting dry and acidic. Think I may put mine to rest.
Terry1: Yeah I’ve had enough. Let’s rate it.
IamDarren: I think these are a little pricey as well
Terry1: Okay cigar. Middle third was the best. I thought it did have a nicotine kick at the end but I’m a lightweight. Overall an okay Connecticut with a few minor construction issues.
IamDarren: I agree, decent stick but I recommend trying a fiver