It’s always tough when you receive news that someone that you know has passed away. It really reminds you of your mortality and that you have to live life to the fullest as there is no rehearsal. I’m at the age now where you start to realize that mortality more frequently. When I was in my twenties, you would never think about this. Now, as I’ve entered my forties, the reality sets in that health, happiness, family and friends are to be treasured and celebrated. I smoke this tonight in tribute to the passing of a great BOTL.
Let’s see how this is progressing…..
The 2013 Edicion Limitada Punch Serie D’Oro is one of three Edicion Limitada releases this year. Surprisingly, this was my favorite of the three at this stage. This is a Campanas vitola that comes in at a 52 ring gauge and is 5.5 inches in length. They were released in 25 count dress boxes. This is the first Punch vitola released under the Edicion Limitada brand.
* information courtesy of http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com
The wrapper is a deep, dark chestnut hue of brown. A little toothy as you move your hand across the cigar. Aromas of barnyard, molasses, earth and leather emanate from the wrapper. Very pungent and strong.
The construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The pointed triple cap looks perfect and the foot is packed.
A quick snap from my Palio and we are ready to roll.
The draw is perfect. Nice airflow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are molasses, earth and leather.
Time to take this to the flame…..
Floral notes, cinnamon, earth and leather start us off on our adventure. Very seductive flavour profile. Nice balance between the the robust and subtle flavours. Well integrated, despite its youth.
The cinnamon note really makes an impact during the retrohale. Leaves an impression as it joins earth and leather during its move through the nasal passages.
The after finish is equally tantilizing. Cinnamon leads the way, followed by earth, leather and floral notes. Starts off strong and slowly ebbs through the flavour spectrum, ending up with floral notes to calm the palate. No harshness to speak of. Full of vibrant flavours that are well balanced with the medium level of strength. Very lasting on the palate….
Flavour profile settling in. The cinnamon note is not as dominant as the first third, allowing earth, leather and floral notes to participate more freely. A hint of citrus coming in now, rounding off and complimenting the existing flavour profile. Strength continues to be at a medium level.
The retrohale brings cinammon, earth, and floral notes. Smooth as it moves through the nasal passages.
The after finish continues to last on the palate. Gentler now, with the addition of the citrus and the reduced emphasis on the cinnamon. The leather and earth are coming through more prominently, making more a richer flavour profile on the palate.
The flavour profile seems more balanced between the richer flavours and the subtle flavours. Cocoa has crept in, aligning itself with earth and leather, while the cinammon, floral notes and citrus continue to keep the equilibrium together.
The retrohale is more richer as well, with earth, leather, cocoa and citrus moving more heavily through the nasal passages.
The after finish is noticeably heavier with the addition of the cocoa. the floral notes and citrus are more predominant as well, while cinnamon has become a background singer. Earth, leather and citrus lead the way, while cocoa and floral notes follow suit with the occasional hit of cinammon. Interesting progression of flavours…..
This cigar is coming along nicely. The flavours seem to be more integrated and varied, in terms of emphasis and nuance. Decent level of complexity however, the cinnamon note would have provided a new level of depth if it could be more prominent in the final third.
Overall, the quality of tobacco, construction, flavour profile and strength are spot on. I suspect that this will continue to evolve over time. Interesting to note that there was an absence of sweetness, which seems to be the trend of the newer Edicion Limitadas as that sweet notes was very prevalent in early releases…
I dedicate this review to Bassman and to those who lost a loved one this year. Rest in peace…..