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Stogie Reviews: Punch Café Royale

23 Jun 2006

I’m a firm believer that, if stored properly, cigars – much like fine wines – only get better with age. After all, every single noteworthy stogie producer initially ages its crop for about four to eight weeks after it has been rolled to dry, stabilize, and allow the tobacco to mature. But if you have the patience, letting cigars age even longer in your humidor will allow the flavors to further blend, bond, and mellow into more melodious smokes.

I must admit, I usually don’t have this patience. When I bring stogies back from my tobacconist and place them in my humidor, I usually can’t wait more than a few weeks before indulging. Call it a weakness, but when I see their oily, smooth wrappers and their glistening, golden bands…well, I can’t help myself.

For one reason or another, however, I was able to keep my hands off a Punch Café Royale that had been aging beautifully in my humidor for over one year. That’s over 365 days! I know – I can’t believe it myself.

But I recently caved and smoked this fine five and 5/8 inches by 45 ring gauge cigar and, I must say, I was not disappointed. It was bold yet smooth, and its flavors – which ranged from leather to oak – were delightfully complex. They say that Punch is “the cigar with a taste that’s true to its name.” I’m a believer. While the burn wasn’t as even as I had hoped, I am highly recommending this cigar.

It’s true this review may be biased given the months I allowed this stogie to develop and mature in my humidor, but I can certainly say over the years I’ve smoked enough of these cigars to confidently give the Punch Café Royale a praiseworthy three and ½ out of five stogies.

-Patrick A


7 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Punch Café Royale”

  1. Tom Friday, June 23, 2006 at 10:15 am #

    I agree: Punch definitely KICKS ASS!!

  2. Anonymous Friday, June 23, 2006 at 12:44 pm #

    Punch KICKS ASS!

  3. The Stogie Guys Friday, June 23, 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    I’m glad to see my review has initiated such intelligent discussion…

  4. Tommy Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 6:33 am #

    This seriously is a good smoke… I'd say more like a 4 or 4.5 stogie cigar!

  5. Jerry Monday, June 26, 2006 at 9:29 am #

    Nice review! I've actually haven't tried one of these but after a review like that, how can I resist. Any idea on price?

    Punch makes some fabulous sticks. You definitely have to try the 2006 Rare Corojo and the 2005 if you can still find them. As an everyday type smoke the Punch Champion can't be beat.

  6. The Stogie Guys Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 4:34 am #

    Jerry: Thanks for the props on the review. You should expect to pay about $4.75 apiece for one of these babies. I've got a Punch Grand Cru waiting for me in my humidor. That review is forthcoming…

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