Punch Royal Coronation
This Corona from Punch (normally found in a
tube) is a mild smoke that I was pleasantly surprised by. If
you read my last review on the Opus X, you would know
that I got a nice sampling of cigars for Father's Day - this
is the next from that bunch I will be reviewing. I'll be
honest, I didn't know much about this one before toasting
it, but that is the fun of a gift, you get to try something
you normally might not pick up.
It came packed in
a small Spanish Cedar sleeve (as do most tube cigars) and
had some great aromas even before I got it ready to smoke.
The construction was good and smooth.
prefer a stronger cigar but I can also appreciate a nice
mild cigar (especially on a nice summer night with a few
beers) and from what I see and smell, I think this one may
deliver. Let's get it going...
It starts off
mild, like I expected, nothing too heavy about it - So far
it has an even burn and nice white ash and smoke. At the 1/4
mark it has been smooth as silk with a clean even burn. Not
overpowering - I'd call it a wood like flavor, earthy as
some say. It seems to be getting better as it goes on.
As I approached
the the half way point it started to get a little fuller
flavor, hints of pepper and fuller bodied - but nothing
major. For me it's still mild but for most it would be
considered medium bodied at this point, there is a definite
change as it burns down - It's also burning a little hot for
being so far from the band. This one is hard to judge right
now. I don't love it, but I don't hate it.
The last half was
much better than the first half. It was enjoyable from the
1/4 to the 3/4 point but once it got where it was in the
picture above, it was way too hot for me to continue and
enjoy it so I stopped it there.
For the price
(about $6 a stick), there are others I would rather smoke that
give me a longer, more enjoyable session for my money.
If you prefer a mild to medium smoke, and are looking for
quality construction in a trusted brand like Punch, give it
a try, you may like it. It's certainly not a bad cigar, just
not for me.
I may pick up a
few and have then sit in the Humidor for a year or so and
try one again then - from what I have read this (like most
cigars) improve with age. Getting this one as a gift I don't
know the history of it and what year it was produced, but it
was still enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it.