****Read on to the end of the article to find out how you can win a three pack of Rare Corojo.***
The Punch Rare Corojo has been a longstanding staple in the Punch and General Cigar family. Its annual release spans the course of a decade and for many General and Punch fans it’s a highly anticipated release. This year we got a few samples of both the Punch Rare Corojo and the Rare Corojo Limited Edition from General and I can easily say that they are both worth checking out.
Both the Rare Corojo and LE are somewhat similar in construction and profile. The cigars are both box-pressed, albeit with a slightly irregular shape that makes them appear a little more rounded than your average box-press, and feature a toothy wrapper with a minimal oil presence. Inspection of the foot and wrapper reveals an aroma of slightly steeped tea on the wrapper and a vegetal foot with a hint of barnyard. As I clip the cap and test the draw I find there to be an excellent draw with just the right amount of resistance in both models. From here the paths diverge a bit in the flavor profile.
In reviewing the cigars the CB staff and I found that the chief difference between the Rare Corojo and LE is the beginning note and the consistency. Both the cigars start off with strong notes almost immediately. The Rare Corojo’s initial notes are those of dry cedar, a hint of white pepper, and some mixture of baking spices, but are a bit too muted to pull out independently. Turning to the Limited Edition’s initial burst is more singular in its profile and it reveals a strong mushroom note that is fairly reminiscent of shitake. At about the one inch mark however the Rare Corojo hits a proverbial dead-zone. All three of the CB staff that smoked the Rare Corojo and myself found that the cigar at about the one inch mark completely lost its flavor and it took about a quarter to half inch of smoking before the dead-zone tapered off into the second set of notes. The Limited Edition on the other hand never lost its flavor profile.
Turning to the second half of each cigar reveals the notes that carry through the rest of the way. At the midpoint the Rare Corojo takes on a different woodnote that we could only suggest is more deciduous in character than conifer. It is pleasant and is the dominant note throughout the rest of the cigar where it only falters at the end a little bit by becoming more muted. The LE on the other hand maintains its shitake flavor and adds a slight cedar and white pepper note, which carries on throughout the midpoint and finish. As stated above the most notable difference between the two is that the LE maintains its flavor consistency throughout, whereas the Rare Corojo, as pleasant as it is, has moments that fade or become overly muted.
In the end however, all the Cigar Brief reviewers agreed that both of the cigars were really quite tasty and worthy of a try. The preference amongst our staff leans towards the LE for its consistency and unique flavor profile, but the Rare Corojo is no slouch either and is one cigar that shouldn’t be overlooked this year. Each cigar is a medium-to-medium plus in the strength department, had excellent smoke output, and exhibited excellent construction throughout. So if you are fan of a consistent medium bodied cigar with a unique profile, then don’t delay and track down the Punch Rare Corojo or Punch Rare Corojo Limited Edition today!
Size: Magnum (5 1/4 x 54) & (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Sumatran (Rare Corojo) & Connecticut Corojo (Punch Limited Edition)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan Fillers
Price: $3.59-6.49 (SRP) Rare Corojo & 6.99 for the LE (SRP)
*****Contest Rules & How to Enter: Entering the contest is simple. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section about your favorite Punch Cigar or General Cigar and why, and one comment will be randomly selected to win a two pack of Punch Rare Corojo and a Limited Edition Rare Corojo cigar, with the winner to be announced next week. You can enter as many times as you want, but only one will win, so good luck! Contest ends on Sunday, April 8th, 2012****