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Monday, 18 March 2013

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alt Today’s reviews cover two very solid cigars.  Up first is the spicy Punch Gran Puro Rancho, which will be followed by the flavorful Winston Churchill Lancaster.

Punch Gran Puro Rancho

The Punch brand of cigars is pretty popular and falls under the umbrella of the tobacco giant known as General Cigar.  The Gran Puro line has managed to garner some very high ratings in the past.  Like many of the brand’s offerings, the Gran Puro is said to pack a bit of a “punch” via some spicy notes.  Is the Gran Puro worthy of its high ratings?  I hope it is, and I am ready to light up one of its Rancho selections.

The Punch Gran Puro Rancho measures 5.5 x 64.  There are several other sizes in the line, including the 4 x 38 Lagunas, 4.5 x 52 Santa Rita, 5 x 52 Libertad Tubo, 6 x 50 Pico Bonito, 6.2 x 60 Sesenta, and the 6.5 x 48 Sierra.  The Gran Puro gets its name from the fact that it is a Honduran puro.  Its special filler is covered by a Sun Grown binder that was taken from the tobacco plant’s high primings.  This offers more flavor.  Completing the composition is a Sun Grown Havana Seed wrapper.  I mentioned that the Gran Puro packs a punch, and that places it in the full-bodied classification of strength.

From the looks of it, the Gran Puro Rancho is a quality cigar.  It certainly gives off that vibe with its classy red, gold, and black bands near the head that showcase the Punch name and logo as well as the Gran Puro label.  As for the cigar itself, it has a dark brown wrapper with a bit of oil.  A few small veins are noticeable, but that is it.  The cigar appears to have solid construction and is firm to the touch.  Before lighting, the cold taste and aroma are all spicy.

Once lit, the Punch Gran Puro Rancho burns like a charm.  It stays even throughout the entirety of the smoking experience, with the exception of a couple of times where touch-ups are needed.  No re-lights are necessary.  The draw is very good and the cigar produces some long ash that is gray in color.

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