Blind Cigar Review: Punch | Rare Corojo El Diablo

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Blind Cigar Review: Punch | Rare Corojo El Diablo

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This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Vitola: Double Toro
Length: 6.5″
Ring Gauge: 66
Country of Origin:
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: , and
Factory: Undisclosed
Blender: Undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 4—– (ThaGreatWazoo) (Throck) (Eulogy) (SosaCub4Life)
Price: $8.25
Age: 5 Months
Release Date: February 2015
Contributed by: General Cigar

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Initial Impressions

Appearance: 91

“This large boxed pressed cigar has soft edges, almost invisible seams and a nice dark brown wrapper. The wrapper itself has no sheen and a soft velvety texture with a large triple cap that is very well applied.” – (Eulogy)

Aroma: 89

“I picked up a lot of chocolate which was very nice. The foot was mostly tobacco with a hint of the sweet chocolate.” – (SosaCub4Life)

First Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Hints of chocolate among earthen notes danced on my tongue during this first third. This was probably the best section of the cigar; however, nothing stood out drastically accept for difficulty with the actual smoke. The cigar was quite awkward to hold and smoke due to its large size. I also noted some bulging and splitting of this section likely related to the exorbitant heat that was produced with each draw of this “pipe-like” cigar. I was actually able to feel my fingers get warmer at the cap with each puff.” – (Throck)

“For about the first half inch, all I am able to taste is black tea with a strong pepper finish on the back of the tongue. After the black tea flavors start to mellow, notes of cedar and grassiness start to round out the initial flavors. The draw has a dry but very healthy smoke output. On the retrohale is an intermittence of heavy cream and anise with a peppery finish.” – (Eulogy)

Second Third

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Flavor: 79
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The initial chocolate and earthiness had tapered in this section. The predominant flavor was tobacco with a thread of almond that was intertwined. The complexity was lacking as were the amusing notes that the first third provided. Mild nicotine content was provided throughout.” – (Throck)

“The peppery spice has calmed down some but is still there on the retrohale. The creaminess has started to come through and coat my entire mouth and throat. The cigar continues to produce lots of smoke and the burn has stayed pretty consistent.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Final Third

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Flavor: 78
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The notes of black tea, hay and pepper are still there, but a bitterness is starting to become overwhelming on the finish. The retrohale has devolved a bit and I am only detecting pepper now.” – (Eulogy)

“The final third was much the same as the second for me. Still has the overall prominent spices and was a good smoke. The cigar did get pretty hot towards the end so I had to put it down before totally nubbing it.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“The draw was decent considering the overall size of this thing.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

Burn: 88

“The burn was very good. It did get wavy and off from time to time but always corrected itself and never needed a touchup.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Construction: 91

“The construction initially had no issues; it was during the smoke that these developed. Splitting and bulging approximately 2 inches from the lit end was occurring during the first third. In addition, part of the cap was deteriorating during the smoke which caused tiny pieces of wrapper to end up in my mouth.” – (Throck)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 78

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“This cigar started and ended quickly for me. I was able to manage into the second third, but had to stop. No real good flavors, no strength, nothing to write home about. Buyer beware on these.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

“The initial presentation of this cigar was the best part. It is truly a behemoth. This is basically where my ranting and raving ends. This may have actually been its downfall as the cigar got too hot with each draw and caused construction and possible burning issues. I would not be seeking this cigar out to smoke again.” – (Throck)

“I didn’t hate the flavors of this cigar and it preformed very well technically; I just found myself becoming bored of the flavor profile. It was also a little awkward to smoke due to its very large size and boxed pressed shape.” – (Eulogy)

“Overall, it was a good cigar. Definitely on the spicy side with peppery spices and I didn’t get much of the sweetness that I expected to get from the aroma. If I had to smoke again, I’d pick a smaller size as this was rather large.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 85

  • Appearance 91% 91%
  • Aroma 89% 89%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 79% 79%
  • Final Third 78% 78%
  • Draw 91% 91%
  • Burn 88% 88%
  • Construction 91% 91%
  • Overall Experience 78% 78%

Total Score - Fair



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