Team Cigar Review: Punch Dragon Fire

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Cigar Details: Punch Dragon Fire

  • Vitola: Double Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 60
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Condega
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Honduras
  • Factory: STG Esteli
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release Date: February 2024
  • Source: Punch

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Punch Dragon Fire is a marbled dark brown with some fine tooth and lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth, the head is completely flat and well finished and the foot is mostly covered with folded over excess wrapper. The band is white, red, silver and black and denotes the brand and year and has an image of a dragon. The aroma from the wrapper is damp wood, earth and smokiness while the mostly covered foot brings much of the same along with some stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings cedar and light stone fruit sweetness.
Seth: I love the flat cap finish! I am awful about cutting them, but I still love the look. Rich aromas of manure, barnyard, coffee, chocolate and warm spices. Leather and tobacco as well. Cool closed cap. Medium sized veins throughout. Coarse texture with marbled coloring. Dark Colorado Maduro on the Punch Dragon Fire.
John: The Punch Dragon Fire comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. For artisanal complications, it has a flat style cap along with a partially closed foot. There is a single Punch 2024 band with an image of a red dragon behind it. I weighed the cigar at 20.6 grams and the humidity was 62.0% as measured with a HumidiMeter Pro. Aromas from the wrapper that I could detect included sweet tobacco, with underlying prune and light earth. The only distinct thing I could pick out from the foot was sweet tobacco.
Jiunn: The Punch Dragon Fire has a dark maduro wrapper shade. The wrapper is both rustic and thick. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is pancaked pretty well. Pre-light aromas consist of heavy campfire and hay.

Punch Dragon Fire

Punch Dragon Fire

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, black pepper and some earth. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a fair amount. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, earth in the middle and faint black pepper in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some earthy and soft cocoa notes. Bits of damp wood and barnyard qualities. Faint spices on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with sweet earth and tobacco, an increased sweetness through the post draw that brings with it earth. There is a pronounced pepper on the retrohale just over the medium mark. As the first third settles in, the retrohale rounds out with mild hay and wood. During the progression to the halfway point, light plus strength baking spices come through mid retrohale.
Jiunn: The first third is fairly one dimensional. There’s burnt cedar mixed with cream. Not much at all in terms of spice. Retrohaling brings out greater intensity of flavors as there’s black coffee and spicy cedar. The finish is short with dirt and cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Punch Dragon Fire

Punch Dragon Fire

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth picks up a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper picks up a bit as the toasted cedar remains up front with the earth in the middle. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver those earthy and cocoa notes from the first third. Damp wood and barnyard qualities are present as well. Spice notes are slightly more mineral like. Medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet wood starts the second third with the same notes finishing and taking on some dryness. That dry wood lingers somewhat on the post draw. Tannins join the wood finish as it settles. The remainder of the second third is unchanged from the initial established flavor profile.
Jiunn: The second third has the same set of flavors as the first third. Still burnt cedar mixed with cream. The flavors do gel a bit better together but the enjoyment level is still average. Strength and body remains medium.

Punch Dragon Fire

Punch Dragon Fire

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the earth is creeping closer to the front of the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper is now just shy of the middle of the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with a light black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper in the middle of the profile. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third shows more mineral notes than the second third and it is right in line with the earthy, cocoa, damp wood and barnyard flavors. Still medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions in the last third are sweet wood, tobacco and a dry, mildly tannic wood into the post draw. As the last third settles, earth also joins the finish. The remainder of the profile is unchanged from the initial start, much like the second third.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes to the second third. Still one dimensional with burnt cedar and cream. I like the retrohale the most because it has spice, which helps to break up the boredom. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Punch Dragon Fire

Punch Dragon Fire

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy and the cigar went out once in the first third, but after that, it burned straight. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Solid burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the entire review process.
Jiunn: Ideal burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Punch Dragon Fire

Punch Dragon Fire

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum. I cut the cigar with a La Gloria Cubana large ring gauge cutter I had, as my v cutter was not big enough.
Jiunn: Ideal draw performance as well, giving the best of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, black pepper and some earth. The pepper mellowed quite a bit about a half inch in. From there, the earth slowly increased while the black pepper picked up in the final third. The Punch Dragon Fire had an average flavor profile throughout and the strength just built up to medium. This is a pretty mellow cigar that I could see a lot of people liking, but the flavor profile just wasn’t all that exciting to me. Not a cigar I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: I don’t think its fair to rate this Punch Dragon Fire as Subpar, but it’s not a cigar I would come back to or recommend. The flavor profile is lacking and the size does not help. I think this would actually be better in a petit robusto or petit corona offering. Medium in strength and body, the cigar can be smoked by anyone. Might be heavier for some, but definitely not a heavy cigar. It’s so weird smoking modern Punch cigars. Rough Mexican offering.
John: The start of the Punch Dragon Fire offered up some interesting flavor combinations, but for the remainder of the review, the profile was linear and lacked the dynamic character of the first third. The burn was perfect, while the draw had some resistance to it. Overall, there wasn’t much here to elevate the Punch Dragon Fire from the crowd, although it was overall a pleasant cigar to review and the price point is quite attractive. Total smoking time was a bit on the quick side at 1 hour and 30 minutes exactly.
Jiunn: This Punch Dragon Fire is the tamest dragon I’ve ever come across. The only fire was the burn line. None of it translated into a remotely good tasting cigar. One dimensional and boring is essentially all it was. Definite pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.26

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.29

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$1.21

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.22

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