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Cigar Review: Don Julio Punto Espada Paca From Don Reyes Cigars



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Don Julio Punto Espada Paca From Don Reyes Cigars




The Don Julio Punta Espada has a truly unique blend, that carries a very delicate yet unusually rich balance of noble power, immersed in the most precious sweet and mellow notes.

All the passion and knowledge of the six generations of the Reyes Family where necessary to achieve this exclusive combination where strength is just the showcase of an array of mellow subtleties, the grail of cigar makers!

Yes, the tobaccos were exclusively grown and selected in the Reyes Family fields located within the best soils of the Cibao Valley, then they were carefully blended by experts cigar makers, yet family passion was the real key to this exquisite work of art.

This true Dominican Puro was created with the real connoisseur in mind and no decision was made for other purposes that of the pursue of perfection.





This true Dominican Puro was created with the real connoisseur in mind and no decision was made for other purposes that of the pursue of perfection. The Reyes family has been involved in the tobacco growing and leaf brokerage business for over 160 years.

Today the company is run by Augusto’s daughter Nirka. De Los Reyes is best known for its Saga brand with the Saga Golden Age and Saga Blend No. 7 lines.

The Don Julio Punta Espada is positioned as a more premium and more limited line. The cigar is named for Don Julio Samuel Reyes Fermin. Reyes is considered to be a legendary tobacco grower from the third generation of the Reyes family.

The blend and presentation of the cigar is meant to pay homage to Don Julio. The name Punto Espada is Spanish for “Sword Point”.



  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Paca: 5 x 58
  • Gordo: 6 x 58
  • Belicoso: 6 1/4 x 54
  • Gigante: 7 x 60



The Dominican wrapper is milk chocolate in color with several bumps, indentations and wrapper over rolls. Notable seam, toothy and vein. One of my favorite cigar sizes the Paca is a 5 x 56 chunky box press with a wide open foot and triple rolled cap.

One large colorful band sits on the cigar, red looking like a rising sun with gold accents it reads “Don Julio” in gold cursive font.

A kings crown sits atop the label with gold birds and leaf on both sides on a black background. Along the bottom reads “The Reyes Supremacy” in black cursive with a solid gold background.

A secondary band is around the circumference of the footer in solid gold. The primary band has a real retro sort of throwback look to it and suits the cigar beautifully. Pre light aroma had notes of Cream, Vanilla and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, cedar and mild coffee.




A leather cedar aroma off the toasted foot. Upon first light a heavy dose of cedar char, leather and coffee. Other distinct flavors are orange peel and raw walnut. Background flavors of bitter dark chocolate, floral and clove.

The spicy element is in an even dispersion of dry black pepper at a medium level covering all areas of the palate. The retro is producing an interesting reversal starting with a flavor of chocolate tapering into a long finish of white pepper.

  • Cedar/Char
  • Leather
  • Coffee
  • Orange Peel
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Dry Black Pepper/Med



Entering cruise control burn the flavor profile has eased into flavors of warm cedar, leather and coffee. Still hitting full throttle is an assortment of roasted nuts, most notable is a bitter raw walnut flavor with nuances of citrus and orange peel.

The spicy element has decreased significantly with a minimal black table pepper dusting experienced in between draws with a flavor of coffee grounds and light chocolate. The retro has reversed with medium level white pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.

  • Warm Cedar
  • Leather
  • Coffee
  • Assorted Roasted Nuts
  • Raw Walnut/Bitter
  • Citrus
  • Orange Peel
  • Black Table Pepper/Mild



In the final third an assortment of roasted nuts, cedar and creamy leather have been consistent and on point. Background flavors coffee and natural tobacco with an appearance of a sweet dried fruit flavor with nuances of citrus.

Mild black pepper is still notable in between draws with an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee creating a long sweet and mildly spicy finish. The retro is producing a consistent stream of medium level white pepper evolving into sweet flavors of chocolate.

  • Roasted Nuts
  • Cedar
  • Cream/Leather
  • Coffee
  • Natural Tobacco
  • Dried Fruit/Sweet/Citrus
  • Black Pepper/Mild
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Chocolate



CONSTRUCTION: Good, the cigar had several inconsistencies in the wrapper, bumps and over rolls

BURN: Example one produced a razor sharp burn with a very compact ash. Examples two and three had very inconsistent burn lines producing a jagged and inconsistent carbon line

ASH: The grayish black ash was firm and tight past the inch and a half point on example one, two and three produced a loose globular and flaky ash with a thick inconsistent carbon line

CUT: All examples were straight cut

DRAW: The draw had the perfect amount of resistance resulting in an over abundance of thick aromatic and creamy white smoke

RE LIGHTS: Only required on examples two and three, due to crooked and jagged burn lines. Combustion was solid throughout with a perfect smolder

STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM bodied with a myriad of FULL flavors, most notable roasted nuts and raw walnut



From first light to final third there was a battle royal of flavors going on, front loaded with a myriad of roasted nuts, most notable raw walnuts, coffee and creamy leather.

There was minimal to zero transition throughout the stages of the smoking duration, the cigar took off at first light and stayed consistent and balanced until the final third.

The strength of the Don Julio Punto Espada Paca was in the straight medium bodied range with a consistent dusting of black table pepper active during and in between draws creating a long sweet a mild spicy finish. 


Cigars for review: Purchased (Underground Cigar)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 90

Size: 5 x 58 (Paca Box Pressed)

Wrapper: Dominican

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (De Los Reyes)

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