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Monday, 10 January 2011

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punchchapic2 Can a cigar offer quality and be affordable at the same time? Sure it can, and today we have two such examples. It's time to review the Punch Champion and the Oliva Serie O Toro.

Punch Champion

Punch's Champion cigar was made with full-bodied fans in mind who seek somewhat of a quick, yet fulfilling smoke. Besides its interesting shape, the Champion supposedly has plenty of flavor. It's also affordable, and that's a definite relief considering the high taxes placed on cigars lately.

The Punch Champion is rather odd in its form, as it does not have a uniform thickness from head to foot. The cigar is quite stubby at 4 ½ inches long, but its ring gauge is where things get interesting. It has a ring gauge of 30 at the head and swells to a 60 ring gauge at its fattest point towards the foot. The Champion's filler is a blend of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It has a Connecticut binder and is topped with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. In terms of strength, the Champion is categorized as being full-bodied.

As stated earlier, the Champion has an odd shape, and its the first thing you notice when looking at the cigar. In a way, it almost looks like a bowling pin due to its shape. The wrapper is dark and oily. It shows just a few veins, but other than that, the construction appears to be top notch. The seems to be well-packed with tobacco and has no soft spots. A large red and gold band decorates the cigar. It has Punch and Champion stamped on it with a nice logo in the middle. Prior to lighting, there is a tobacco cold taste and an earthy scent.

The shape of the Champion makes it seem as if it would be hard to produce. This does not stop the cigar from having an excellent burn. The cigar burns evenly from start to finish, and needs just one re-light towards the nub. The draw is good and solid white ash is produced.

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