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Punch Petit Punch

13 Sep

Smoked 8 September 2010. Box code EMA NOV 07; in humi since 7 November 2009.

Punch Petit Punch

These have settled nicely now. It still can’t be smoked too fast but taken nice and slowly I get rich fruit flavours with a touch of cocoa. I haven’t noticed the presence of the cocoa before, and it’s definitely cocoa rather than chocolate. An absolute delight!

It’s a real pity these have been discontinued. I’m not quite sure why Habanos SA decided to do that; there are very few Cuban cigars of the perla vitola still in regular production and I am a big fan of the size.

The smaller gauge cigars, though sometimes lacking in complexity, give a much stronger flavour in my experience. I don’t know whether this is due to the higher proportion of the tobacco that the wrapper makes up, or because fatter cigars have a higher proportion of the relatively flavourless Volado leaves added to improve the burning characteristics (I think it’s those leaves anyway). I don’t think it’s my imagination either, as it does seem to be a commonly reported characteristic.

I can only speculate that despite it being illegal for US citizens to buy Cuban cigars, their tastes are influencing the cigar industry as a whole. There does seem to be a trend in the US for increasingly large ring gauges e.g. the popularity of the NUB. Perhaps it’s a value-for-money issue? What do you think? I try to consider the cigar as an experience, rather than an object, for me, it is my favorite thing to do while gambling (follow the link for more information). I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for the thicker cigar, just that it shouldn’t be at the expense of the more traditional thinner ones.

 
 

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  1. eggopp

    2010/09/13 at 20:22

    What size are these? Are they the same size as the Partagas Aristocrats?

     
    • Dave

      2010/09/13 at 22:50

      The Aristocrats are 129 mm by 40 rg, and the Petit Punch are 102 mm by 42 rg.

       
  2. Simon

    2010/09/15 at 15:22

    Agree completely with you Dave, it’s a shame that there seems to be an agenda to make cigars thicker and thicker at the expense of variety. It’s a real shame when there is virtually no choice in the perla or long panatela ranges.

    These are damn good little cigars which did not deserve to be deleted by Habanos SA – a real shame.

     
  3. Bopmachine

    2010/09/19 at 19:33

    great post. I love this little smoke as well.

    I, too, am sad to see cigars go bigger and bigger. For many years I would not go above a corona, and even now I find 54 RG to be my limit. Anything bigger crosses the line from pleasure to work.