The Punch Rare Corojo is a beautifully constructed salomone, with a smooth, medium brown wrapper, clean seams and no soft spots. I really like the elegant, yet muted design on the bands. It goes very well with the elegance of this particular shape. I can't discern too much from smelling the wrapper, except a slight sweet, tobacco. The cold draw confirms the sweet tobacco flavors, along with some cedar.
Size: 7.25 x 57
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
The first few puffs of the Punch Rare Corojo produce thick, white smoke, even from the small diameter start. The sweet tobacco I got on the cold draw turned into a sweet, dried fruit note, but no specific fruit jumped out at me. There was also a nice, tingly cedar spice coming through, on the back of my tongue and on the retrohale. The burn is razor sharp, and the ash is perfect. This is one well constructed cigar.
As I get into the second third of the Rare Salomone, the burn and ash remain perfect and the smoke falls back, to a less dense amount. The beginning flavors continue and there is the introduction of cocoa, and some intermittent bitter coffee notes. This is a very nice cigar so far, and not as sweet as the regular rare Corojo version, which I had in a Rothschild.
The final third is a steady mix of bitter cocoa and coffee, with spicy cedar notes. The Rare Corojo Salomone has also gotten creamier, and and the finish is long. I definitely have to keep it slow, to keep the heat and flavors within range. The burn and ash were top notch throughout.
Overall, I enjoyed the Punch Rare Corojo Salomone. Perfect construction and nice flavors kept me interested, which is important on this size of a cigar. That said, a salomone is a larger size than I normally lean to, because I have a hard time cutting out that much time. In the end, it was good, but the flavors were not bold enough (IMHO) and the size cost it points for me. I would like to thank General Cigar Co. for these samples to review, much appreciated.
80 to 83 - If I had them. – I wouldn't pay money for them, but I'd try to weasel some or trade for some.