1998 Punch Corona

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Wanted to try something different tonight. Haven’t had a vitola from this marca in awhile so thought now would be a good time to rectify that. I tend to like the Punch flavour profile as a Edicion Regional vs. the regular production as I find the flavours to be more amplified. Maybe the regular production need some time to develop?

Let’s see how this is progressing…..

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The 1998 Punch corona is dark cigar. chocolate and chestnut brown. Very rustic looking. Wrapper is fairly smooth though. Aromas of honey, cocoa and earth, with a touch of leather emanate from the wrapper.

The construction is ok. Seems slightly overfilled. Hope this doesn’t lead to any draw issues. The triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.

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A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to go.

The draw is firm but manageable.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, earth, cocoa and a touch of bing cherries.

Time to take this to the flame…..

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First Third
Nutmeg, citrus, honey, cocoa and leather come out to greet my palate. Strength is at a medium level. Well balanced between flavours and strength so far.

The draw, smoke production and burn are all good. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ light grey.

The retrohale confirms the flavour profile. Fairly complex as nutmeg, citrus, cocoa and leather, with a touch of honey firmly move through the nasal passages.

The afterfinish is expansive and enjoyable. The flavours gently coat the palate and linger effortlessly. Nice combination of nutmeg, honey and cocoa, followed by leather and honey. Delicious. Makes me start to rethink this marca…..

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Second Third
Not much evolution, in terms of flavour profile. Pretty straight forward in terms of nutmeg, citrus, honey, cocoa and leather. Good cigar so far but not much excitement going on. Consistent is probably the best description. Strength level unchanged as well. Hope to see some nuance and subtle changes in the final third.

Either the after finish has shortened or my palate has gotten used to the flavour repetition. I am amazed how consistent the flavours are, in terms of staying at the same levels as the first third. No increase in one flavour vs. another. Everything seems to stay within its boundaries. Hope that there is a surprise finish in the final third……

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Final Third
Still the same. Like hearing the same song over and over again. Nice flavour profile however, one dimensional. nutmeg, citrus, honey, cocoa and leather. Lacking excitement and nuance. Very consistent throughout the cigar if anything.

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Final Impressions
A good conversation cigar. What I mean by that is that it would be a good cigar to smoke while chatting with buddies and not paying attention/looking for changes in the flavour profile. Very consistent, in terms of flavour profile, strength and construction. Looks like I am still in the camp of the Edicion Regionals are much better than the regular production….

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2 Responses to 1998 Punch Corona

  1. Normally I do not read post on blogs, however I would like to say that
    this write-up very forced me to try and do so!
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    nice article.

  2. atlharp says:

    Punches tend to be monotonous cigars in my experience. Their regional varieties are nice, and even the standard production is good, but I have yet to had an outstanding experience in the line. They are worth the money and are solid sticks in the morning with coffee.

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