Punch Uppercut Cigar2009 © Dr. Mitch Fadem Licensed to About.com, Inc.
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If I've smoked cigars that were made with tobacco from the Ometepe island I'm at a loss to remember which ones. In fact, the limited amount of tobacco this island produces guarantees that my regular rotation more than likely doesn't include this leaf. With that said color me curious as I do not usually buy Punch cigars. I've smoked about 4 of the Grand Corona profile and I am certainly pleased with what this blend and size offers. I usually smoke larger ring cigars as I find the smoke is cooler yet plentiful, yet this stick is very comfortable in the mouth and delivers copious cool smoke until the last quarter where it's still delivering yet gets noticeably hot. The Sumatran wrapper is just right for a zing of spice on the tongue and back of throat...A truly great balance of just a bit of burn. The wrapper looks rich brown with just slightly noticeable veining and the dual bands are elegant making for a great presentation. This stick lights with absolutely no effort. It burns true and leaves a beautiful nice white ash that has a density that allows up to 2"" before you need to remember to do slight maintenance in order to insure cleanliness, nice here too. The taste is like seasoned meat and has a salty nut-like finish. This is all interweaved with that aforementioned spice which keeps it quite interesesting. Add to that that I did not experience any of the bitterness that I feared may show up. It burns for just about an hour too, plus there's just one more thing to bring this right in to a recommendation. That last thing would be the price which should not be over $6.50. I think Punch has made a unique taste that is very good at a reasonable price. I know it will not be everyone's ""cup of tea"", but I think any cigar fan owes it to himself to give this a try. Unless in the future this cigar isn't available or proves less consistent (after 4 I am experiencing uniform consistency, albeit from the same box) this will be a long-term addition to my rotation.
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