PUNCH GRAND CRU CERTIFIED VINTAGE
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf/Ecuador Sumatra BINDER: Connecticut Broadleaf FILLER: Dominican Republic/Honduras/Nicaragua
What can you say about this Honduran masterpiece? The maduro is deep, dark, and extremely rich without being overpowering. The natural is light creamy, and flavorful without being bitter. Both versions start out smooth and intensify as you smoke them. This cigars flawless, square-pressed construction is consistent throughout each stick, and its white ash is known to grow to a solid two inches long.
Because of a dearth of packaging at the time they were crafted, these beauties were forgotten about for quite a few years making them one of the most well aged cigars around. This Punch line is one of the "smoothest" full bodied Honduran cigars you'll ever have the pleasure of smoking. Aged to perfection and full of everything a great cigar should be… at a fantastic price.
If you haven't tried one you don't know what you're missing. This smoke is every true connoisseur’s dream stick.
Featured Customer Reviews for PUNCH GRAND CRU CERTIFIED VINTAGE
Past Its Peak?
I got a bundle of the Maduro 1998 Grand Cru Piramide No. II, and while I have zero complaints on the construction, burn, or draw of these cigars, I do think maybe they have aged beyond their prime. The flavors have perhaps settled down TOO much, the smoke is TOO smooth and TOO mellow. I had a similar experience with the red-label Vintage Hoyo De Monterreys: a pleasant and enjoyable smoke, but somewhat flat, lacking in complexity and nuance, and by no means a knockout. Plus, if the J.R. item description is correct, then these are Ecuador-Sumatra maduros, unlike the Grand Cru maduros I am familiar with, which use Connecticut Broadleaf. If that is the case, then personal taste plays a role here: I have always found Sumatra leaf pleasant, but a bit lacking in personality. When I smoke Punch naturals, like the Rothschild for example, it is not for the Sumatra wrapper, but rather for the spicy stuff in the bunch. Since the Grand Cru is a bit milder than the regular Punch line, I suppose you could say it lives and dies more by the taste of its wrapper leaf.