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Monday, 22 November 2010

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After being lit, the Upper Cut burns nicely. It manages to keep an even burn all the way through. No touch-ups or re-lights are necessary. The draw is good, and some solid white ash is formed. The light color of the ash looks great against the bold wrapper.

The Upper Cut presents some nice variation in flavors, although none are strong enough to knock you out. The sweetness found in the cold taste begins the smoke, and it tastes somewhat like cherry. The next flavor that pops in is of wood, and there is also some coffee that is noticeable. Leather makes an appearance later on, and some spicy pepper notes come into play too.

Maybe the cigar's name came off as intimidating at first, but the Upper Cut was far from overpowering. It seemed to hover more towards being medium-bodied, although it did have some evidence of power at times. The construction was good, there were no burn issues, and the flavors were varied. There's nothing too memorable about the Upper Cut, but fans of previous Punch releases that have not had the chance to sample one may want to give it a try. A single has a retail price of about $6.50, and it also comes in packs of five or boxes of 20. Is the Upper Cut one that you want to buy a box of? Probably not, but that does not mean it's not a quality cigar. As with many selections, your mileage may vary.

The Punch Upper Cut Robusto earns a rating of three out of four stars.

Carlos Torano Noventa Latin

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The Torano family has been entrenched in the cigar business for a long time. To commemorate their mark of 90 years in the industry, they released the Noventa line back in 2006. Noventa means ninety in Spanish, so the name is a perfect fit.

The Noventa Latin measures 6 ¼ x 54. Other sizes in the line include the 5 x 50 Santiago and the 6 x 52 La Esperanza. The cigar's filler is a blend of tobaccos from the Condega, Esteli, Jalapa, and Pueblo Nuevo regions of Nicaragua. The binder and wrapper are of the Nicaraguan Habano variety. The tobaccos used to make the Noventa come from the Torano family's proprietary farms and were aged five years. Strength-wise the Noventa falls between the medium and full-bodied categories.






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