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Quick Smoke: Punch Champion

21 Jan 2007

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief take on a single cigar.


When I’m looking for a fairly quick smoke, I often turn to the 4 1/2 inch (by 30/60 ring gauge) Champion. I find the shape — resembling a python swallowing a pig — intriguing. I would call it a medium strength, flavorful cigar. I find hints of cedar, pepper, even vanilla. I have had occasional burn problems with Champions, though this one ran straight and true.

Verdict= Buy.

George E

7 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Punch Champion”

  1. Rich D Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    "a python swallowing a pig" – sounds about right

  2. Sam Monday, January 22, 2007 at 3:59 am #

    I would also reccommed the Arturo Fuente Hemingway short story, or the Natural by Drew Estate Root.

  3. George E Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:02 am #

    I agree wholeheartedly with you on the Short Story. An excellent smoke I'd say is even better than the Champ. I haven't tried the Root.

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