"Overall, it was an okay smoke, no frills for me at least. If you like earthy notes with some pepper and char, this will be right up your alley. Little gave in way of sweetness save the grassy notes in the beginning that quickly faded halfway through. Draw issues with it being too tightly rolled made smoking it at times a chore, however all in all, eh, try it… you might like it, you might not, you be the judge…" -John A. (Bostoneo)
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“This is a cigar that I could see myself giving to a novice or a seasoned cigar smoker. The seasoned bloke will enjoy the change in pace of flavors presented on sample 529 and the novice will become introduced into the world of what a premium cigar can offer. This is a cigar that could be smoked and enjoyed after several other offerings as the profile is bold and evident. Construction was top-notch and however many hundred or thousand hands it touched before coming to fruition, it was worth it.” –Matt C. (Big Matt)
"Another great cigar that I enjoyed. Beautiful light chocolate wrapper with bumps and veins showing. Nice notes of sweet tea, hickory, black pepper, and butterscotch balance this cigar out. Minor splitting at the end that corrects itself. Even burn with a nice inch long ash. Great late afternoon smoke. A cigar I'd try again." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
"As soon as I lit this cigar, I could taste sweetness and roasted nuts. Almost like honey roasted peanuts. As I continued to indulge, a little white pepper was introduced, adding a little complexity to the cigar. The sweetness eventually gave way to the pepper notes, only to return as the cigar began to wind down. Would I smoke this cigar again? Absolutely! I enjoyed the experience so much I would have immediately smoked another one upon setting this one down. " -Jai P. (Jai)
General Cigar has announced a new regular production line in the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur brand: Excalibur Black. Launching June 7th, the new blend uses a USA Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadoran Sumatra binder, and Honduran and Nicaraguan ligero filler. Excalibur Black wil be rolled at General's HATSA factory in Danli, Honduras.
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"First I really enjoyed this cigar. It’s aesthetic value, even before cutting, had me excited to get started. Toothy flavor bumps did not disappoint. I really am having difficulty finding any misgivings about this smoke. Draw, finish, flavors, transitions, construction, burn, etc ....all impeccable!" -Randy B. (randobush)
"I really enjoyed this cigar quite a bit. It had a mellow and smooth smoke for almost the entire time, never harsh and never bitter. I kept thinking while I was smoking that this would be a great late spring or summer smoke because it was so bright tasting. It had a fresh upbeat taste that was medium-full in flavor, so it would be a great way to end the day. Nicely constructed too made it a big hit for me." -Paul (pmr1010)
General Cigar has updated the look for its Punch Signature line. The redesigned packaging actually started hitting shelves already, earlier this month. The blend remains unchanged.
ough from the first puff until the last and became even stronger when retrohaling. Notes of cinnamon, oak, and an odd floral end gave just enough a transition to keep things interesting. If you enjoy a full-bodied pepper bomb as I do, you are going to love this cigar." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
The Punch Brand has been around since 1840, originally crafted for export to the United Kingdom. To celebrate its 18th anniversary, General Cigar is releasing the Punch Aniversario, which the company is calling its more limited offering to date.