Team Cigar Review: Punch Egg Roll

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Cigar Details: Punch Egg Roll

  • Vitola: Rothschild
  • Length: 4.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic and United States
  • Factory: HATSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Punch Egg Roll is dark brown and has a network of visible veins, but only a couple are slightly raised. The wrapper stops a half inch shy of the foot and exposes the binder. The seams are easily visible as they are raised while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is white with metallic red artwork, lettering and borders. The aroma from the wrapper is fairly light and brings a sweet wood. The foot brings a general wood note along with some tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw consists of sweet cedar with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Punch Egg Roll has a Colorado maduro wrapper shade to the Connecticut Broadleaf cigar. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head has a deep double layered cap. Nosing the wrapper gives cedar. Foot aromas give heavy white pepper and a hint of cherries. Cold draw tells cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, earth and baking spice. As the burn line reaches the wrapper, a dark walnut note joins the profile. The retrohale brings a mix of the wood, walnut and earthiness. As the third comes to a close, the wood and dark walnut are up front together as the earthiness is slightly behind and the baking spice is faint in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

Burning through the non-wrapper portion of the cigar, there’s barnyard and bread. When the wrapper begins to burn, the flavor profile broadens to providing minerals and creamed cherries. Retrohaling gives sharp cedar and more barnyard. The finish is short with bread/yeast. Strength and body is medium plus.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the profile is becoming a bit drying as the walnut note is taking the lead over the wood, earth and baking spice. The retrohale has the wood and walnut at equal levels. As the third comes to a close, the dark walnut remains up front with the earthiness right behind it. There is still some wood in the background while the baking spice has dropped out. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third loses out on the creamed cherry note but there’s nice creamy sweet nuttiness within the first tier of notes (with cedar and bread to follow). Strength and body is unchanged at medium and medium plus.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the walnut and wood are back to even up front with the earthiness slightly behind. The retrohale now has the wood up front with some earthiness right behind it. At three quarters of an inch in, the walnut has dropped from the profile and the wood has the lead over some earthiness. The cigar finishes out with this same profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

Last third is like the second third but with the barnyard note coming back. The nice creamy sweet nuttiness, bread and minerals are still intact. Strength and body finishes medium and medium plus.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn was spot on perfection until the middle of the last third. At that point, the cigar burned quite hot making it uncomfortable to smoke through.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, earthiness and baking spice and quickly gained a unique walnut note. The profile stayed the same until the end when the baking spice and walnut notes dropped out. The cigar was fairly average overall, even with the unique walnut note. With the Punch Egg Roll having a very low price point, it’s easy to put it on the try list. I would smoke it again due to the price point, without expecting anything spectacular from it, but to just have something to smoke when short on time or when the cigar isn’t my main focus.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Average
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
Very GoodBurnAverage
Very GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

Perfect draw having the ideal resistance and air flow.

Overall

I’m a bit taken back by how much I enjoyed the Punch Egg Roll. I haven’t been a fan of the last few years Punch releases, so going into this years release, expectations were pretty low. But to my surprise, this was a well executed short robusto and just the right size to have all the notes pull through nicely. I hope General Cigar makes more renditions of this in the future. Maybe Spring Roll for next years release?

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$0.73

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.87

Cost/Point

$0.58

Scoring System

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