Torpedo, 5.75 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
|Cigar age||0 yr. 5.4 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Punch Signature is a relatively recent cigar project from General Cigar Company. Master Blender Agustín García and his team kept true to the original Punch blend by using tobaccos from the same countries of origin. Said Garcia, “Punch Signature is inspired by Punch original blend. Think of it as a brother who has a lot of fire in him, but also respects tradition and the family name.”
Development of the Punch Signature blend began in 2012. Agustín and his team found a small batch of Ecuadorian tobacco they wanted to use, but had to ensure that they would have enough to make Punch Signature a full-time addition to Punch.
So they started working with a grower to cultivate a special Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper exclusively for this cigar. The wrapper is related to the original Cuban Corojo seed. The Punch blending team in Honduras aged and sorted the tobacco, and prepared it for launch three years later. The wrapper has a lot of natural oil, which makes the leaf silky and gives it elasticity.
The binder is made from a proprietary Connecticut Habano leaf. The filler blend composition is a story all its own. The leaves are from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and they are of the same variety as in the original Punch blend. Here’s what’s different: Some of the filler leaves are very aged, and others are less so. The aged leaves are purported to bring flavor and balance, while the newer leaves deliver more strength. Think of Punch Signature as a mix of tradition and modern taste.
TASTING NOTES: The cigar charged out of the gate with spice, oak wood, cloves and a touch of vanilla sweetness. There were other types of natural tobacco sweetness present: I could detect orange peel and a Grand Marnier character. Retrohaling added white pepper spice and a savory-sweet and clean finish.
In the first half, the cigar weighed in at a firm medium in body, flavor and strength. As such, the cigar was very approachable and at that point I felt it was likely to appeal to a wide audience.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, there were many of the same features as the first half: spice, wood and natural tobacco sweetness. But as the cigar progressed, it also ramped up in intensity, bringing with it some more earthy flavors. I noted black pepper, coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate. Retrohaling changed from white pepper character to black pepper.
Overall this was an interesting and challenging smoke. Unfortunately (perhaps), for inexperienced palates, this cigar increased in intensity to medium-full in body, flavor and strength. On that basis, I would probably not recommend this to a new cigar smoker, but experienced smokers should love this stick. It has a broad flavor profile, great smoking characteristics and is just plain tasty.
I’ve seen the Punch Signature Torpedo for a box price as little as $4.11 per stick. That is a steal.
Final verdict: Buy a bunch of these and enjoy.
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