Punch / General Cigar
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
Purchase Source: Ralph Larson
Date Purchased: October 16, 2018
Date Smoked: September 18, 2023
COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 730: 3.75-Mile Cigar
It was a balmy (42°F, 5.6°C) Cigar-Walk this morning with this delicious and satisfying Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapped Punch Diablo Scamp (Toro) by General Cigar. And, it was much needed!
My Baby (Vintage 1989 BMW 635csi) needs a new automatic transmission that will cost more than the “Bank Value” of the car… I don’t know what to do!
So, I’m glad I chose this Punch Diablo to contemplate the complexities with and… I got a complete workout … even with perspiration!
Until next time…
No wonder I enjoyed the new Punch Diablo, I just realized that this was a collaboration with A.J. Fernández and by now you should know that I’m a fan.
And I’m particularly a fan of his more Full-Bodied cigar creations; the Punch Diablo is no different.
At first light and puff, I fall in love with the toasty vanilla cocoa and leather flavors… I’m in a good place with this cigar.
Handsomely bold is my impression of the Punch Diablo today.
Until next time
Back in the day when I started smoking cigars (30-years ago) I eventually discovered Punch Cigars somewhere along the way and enjoyed them. I haven’t been near them since my return to the cigar hobby at the beginning of 2018. When I heard from Ralph Sumo who gifted this Punch Diablo Scamp (6 1/8 x 50 Toro) told me that this would be the first time Punch parent company General Cigar would be made outside of Honduras at the A.J. Fernández factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, my curiosity was piqued.
My cold draw provided cocoa and leather aromas. Once lit, dry wood and dry earthy leather with a subtle pepper spice on the retrohale come to me. A perfect draw and burn line are accompanying this smoky finish.
At the end of the first third dry earthy leather becomes the dominant flavor with the pepper ramping up by coating my tongue for a lasting finish. The Punch Diablo pretty much hangs out in this flavor spot pretty much through the rest of the cigar and I’m OK with that.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the ligero tobaccos in the Punch Diablo Scamp by General Cigar made it a close resemblance to what I crave when I’m looking at the Liga Privada T-52 or The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar. I have a feeling I can’t be too far off with the 4-year-aged Ecuadoran Sumatra Oscuro wrapper and the bold Connecticut Broadleaf binder.
I think I’ll try the Punch Diabolus (Robusto) next time.
I’m loving this cigar. #SakamotoHappy
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