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Quick Smoke: Punch Chop Suey

27 Feb 2020

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Last year Punch released the Rothchild-sized Egg Roll. This month, in celebration of the Year of the Rat, General Cigar launched Chop Suey, a lancero (7 x 37) with a shaggy foot that sports an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper around Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. It retails for the affordable price of $5.49 and is available in 25-count “takeout-style” boxes (3,650 were made, for a total run of 91,250 cigars). Construction is solid, a testament to the work at the General Cigar Dominicana factory in Santiago. The flavor is leathery and fairly complex for a cigar in this price range. Notes include dry oak, melon, white pepper, and a gentle cedar spice. The aftertaste is characterized by a soft cayenne heat. Join me in celebrating Punch’s decision to introduce a limited edition lancero that won’t break the bank; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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3 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Punch Chop Suey”

  1. Erik V Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    If you can still find the original Egg Roll out there, they are smoking great with a year on them. What was your fortune on the back of the band? I got “rick-rolled” on mine

    • Patrick A Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

      I am embarrassed that I didn’t remember to look for a fortune; I carelessly discarded the band without looking. Which raises the question: If I never saw my fortune, does it come true?

  2. Erik Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    Half empty or half full, depends on how you think, but since you did not see it and don’t know what it is who’s to say it didn’t already come true? At the same time, if you didn’t read it, is it even a fortune? or just some text on the back of a cigar band?

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