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Cigar Review: Punch Diablo Diabolus

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

Punch Diablo Diabolus

 

 

 

Punch has gone to the dark side! Punch Diablo is being rolled in Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez, a manufacturer well known for making FULL bodied cigars.

This marks the first Punch from General Cigar to be made outside of Honduras

“When it came time to create the blend for Diablo, we decided that we wanted to make the fullest-bodied Punch to date,” said Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Punch. 

 

 

Packaging for the Punch Diablo Diabolus, 25 cigars in flip top box.

 

 

Fernandez made the cigar from a four country blend of tobaccos.

The wrapper is from Ecuador, a Sumatra seed leaf oscuro.

Another dark leaf was used for the binder, broadleaf from the Connecticut River Valley outside of Hartford.

The filler is a mix of Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves grown from Cuban seed.

 

 

 

Available Punch Diablo Sizes:

  • Scamp: 6 1/8 x 50
  • Diabolus: 5 1/4 x 54
  • Brute: 6 1/4 x 60
  • Box count: 25

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper is dark coffee bean in color showing light seam, mild tooth and visible vein.

Diablo Diabolus is rolled in the Robusto format at 5 1/4 x 54 and has a wide open foot with a triple rounded cap.

With closer inspection there is a small portion of binder exposed near the foot.

A classic Punch band sits on the vitola, but’s that’s where any comparable similarities end.

Set on a glossy black band with red accents it reads “PUNCH” in white font on a red background with “1840” in silver on a black shield background.

Rounding the sides are four silver discs with embossed designs including the “Mr Punch” gnome.

Diablo translated in Spanish mean Devil and I can’t think of a more suitable name.

Pre-light aroma had notes of black tea, cedar and natural tobacco.

The cold draw produced flavors of sweet tea, leather spice mild chocolate.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

A heavy aroma of cedar off the toasted foot. Immediate first light flavors of cedar char and orange peel.

Once the blend settles in flavors of espresso, anise and a mild sweetness of thick maple.

A heavy dose of FULL black pepper and nicotine is muting any identifiable background.

The retro is producing a wasabi sting through the nose evolving into a distinct flavor of sassafras similar to the rich dark flavors of root beer.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

Heading into the second half the first light flavor of espresso has decreased into strong black coffee.

The sweetness of maple has remained with flavors of black licorice with a bite of leather.

Minimal background inflence of damp earth, oak and leather have appeared with consistent dose of heavy black pepper with a mild effect of nicotine.

The retro has decreased to MED white pepper evolving into a long finish of caramel.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third core flavors of strong black coffee, sweet maple and black licorice have been up front and on point.

Decreased background flavors of earth and cedar with a consistent leather bite.

The spicy element has been a consistent dose of FULL black pepper with an increased nicotine effect.

The flavor and strength profile have been extremely bold but the lack of balance is loosing my attention quick.

The retro has increased with FULL white pepper evolving into a long finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction on all 3 examples smoked for review. The smooth Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper had no visible cracks, blemishes or soft spots.

 

• BURN: The burn was a bit uneven but corrected itself in the second half without any required touch ups.

 

• ASH: On 2 examples the ash split at first light with no further flowering after tapping. Light grey in color the ash was smooth with only a few fissures holding about an inch before tapping off with ease.

 

• CUT: V-cut all three examples smoked for review, however the second example produced a small amount of tar and had to be straight cut improving the draw and taking care of the issue.

 

• DRAW: Milkshake type resistance other than the aforementioned issue of tar that opened up after straight cutting.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required with consistent combustion of all three components.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch.

 

• STRENGTH: FULL BODIED PLUS.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

This isn’t your grandfathers Punch! General cigar went outside the box tasking A.J Fernandez to morph it into a bolder type offering coining the phrase “The Dark Side of Punch”.

Disappointing to say the least there was too much blaze and bluster with very little balance.

Knock out strength and nicotine completely overpowered the minimal identifiable background flavors making it completely devoid of complexity. 

On a positive note the construction of the vitola was better than average but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to add this into a regularly rotated cigar.

I may try the other sizes in the line at a later date but for now I’m throwing in the towel on the Punch Diablo Diabolus.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Punch Diablo Diabolus

Cigars for review: Purchased (Box)

Cigars smoked for review: 6 total, 3 for standard review

Cigar Smoke Rate: 79

Size: 5 1/4 x 54 Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Seed Oscuro

Binder: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras 

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

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