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Monday, 10 January 2011

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Despite its small stature, the Punch Champion has quite a bit of flavor. Some notes of spicy pepper are noticed first, and they are followed by earth and leather. Woody notes are also detected, as is a sweet, almost fruity flavor. While it is listed as full-bodied, the Champion seems pretty smooth and more medium-bodied.

This Punch selection is a little champion in its own right. It's not overpowering by any means, and has a surprisingly good variety of flavors. The Champion costs around $4 per single, but you can find it in boxes of 25 for around $75. That seems like a great deal for a flavorful little stick. Packs of five are available as well. If you are looking for a nice, quick smoke to add to your humidor, the Punch Champion is not a bad choice at all. It offers an enjoyable hour of smoking during any part of your day. It seems like a good pick right after a meal. Best of all, it's affordable.

The Punch Champion earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

Oliva Serie O Toro

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Oliva's Serie O was one of the brand's first lines to hit the market. Despite being one of Oliva's first ventures into the cigar world, the line has received high ratings, just like its popular Serie G and Serie V releases. The Serie O is said to have a unique flavor. Let's see just how unique it is by giving it a try.

The Serie O Toro measures 6 x 50. If you are not a fan of the Toro vitola, Oliva offers the Serie O in the following selections: the 4 x 49 Petit Perfecto, the 5 x 43 Number 4, the 5 x 50 Robusto, the 5 x 50 Tubo, the 5 x 55 Perfecto, the 6 x 46 Corona, the 6 x 50 Tubo, the 6 x 52 Torpedo, the 6 x 60 Double Toro, and the 7 x 50 Churchill. The Serie O is a Nicaraguan Puro. In other words, it's made completely of Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler and binder are made of Nicaraguan Habano tobacco, while the wrapper is of the Sun Grown Habano variety. Oliva grew the same Cuban Seed Habano tobacco in Nicaragua's fertile Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa Valley regions to make the Serie O. This practice of growing the same tobacco in different regions gives the cigar a variety of flavors, and it's also an old Cuban tradition. Prior to being constructed, the tobaccos used to make the Serie O are aged for five years. Strength-wise, the Serie O is between medium and full-bodied.






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