Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

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Cigar Details: Punch Golden Era Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Habano and Corojo
  • Factory: Las Lomas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: May 2023
  • 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 Golden Era Robusto is light brown and has some lightly raised veins that carry a hint of green to them. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being gold and navy blue and denoting the brand and line. The secondary is all gold and is in the shape of a leaf on the front. The aroma from the wrapper is musty hay and light wood, while the foot brings graham cracker and a faint barbecue sauce note. The pre-light draw brings musty hay and a light floral note.
Seth: The blue and gold bands on the Punch Golden Era Robusto look nice against the Colorado colored wrapper. Small to medium sized veins present throughout. Silky texture. Some oils with the wrapper. Firm in hand. Aromas of tobacco, earth, spices and stone fruit.
John: The Punch Golden Era Robusto came in cellophane, and had a UPC sticker that tore in half when opened. The cigar is double banded with a golden, thin secondary band that looks like a leaf and a primary band indicating Punch 1840 Golden Era. The cigar weighed in at 11.6 grams and the humidity as measured with a HumidiMeter Pro was 62.5%. Aromas from the wrapper included a faint, musty wood and nothing else. From the foot, there was a faint hay and wood. Overall, the aromas were very mild from the cigar.
Jiunn: The Punch Golden Era Robusto has a shade that is slightly darker than Colorado Claro. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of primarily aged cedar. Aromas from the foot reveal sharp baking spices and cedar. Cold draw gives cedar and savory saltiness.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and chalkiness. At a quarter inch in, the chalkiness is now pretty light. At a half inch in, a light black pepper joins the profile. The retrohale consists of toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the profile is a dry mix of toasted cedar and earth even up front with black pepper a bit behind and light chalkiness in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice cedar and sweet pepper spice profile. There are some earth and creamy aspects as well, and there is this faint raisin finish. I would classify the cigar as being between mild and medium in strength and body.
John: A musty, sweet wood and tobacco combination open the first third. A sweet center settles into place as the first third progresses, with overall light-plus body. Baking spices come into the retrohale as it continues towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third provides a nice array of flavors. Lot of soft notes centered around creamed cherries, soft Hawaiian bread and effervescence. Retrohaling gives deeper creamed cherries and introduces spicy cedar into the mix. The finish is short and mild with light cedar and cream. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the toasted cedar takes a slight lead over the earth. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At an inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are back to being even and the fullness of those two components have increased. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front with the black pepper and chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third delivered some more strength and body than the first. I would classify the cigar as being medium in this third. The pepper is more pronounced in this third as well. I was picking up raisin, cream, cedar, dry earth and tobacco notes.
John: Baking spices and a musty tobacco lead the cigar into the second third. Sweet bread settles into the center of the profile as it continues. There are no other flavor combinations to remark on, as it remains consistent for the rest of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third adds a layer of tannins to the profile. There’s also the same other flavors, especially the tasty creamed cherries and effervescence combination. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the chalkiness picks up a bit. At a quarter inch in, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and a decent level of black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the toast level is now pretty heavy. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is heavily toasted cedar and earth even up front, with chalkiness in the middle and light black pepper in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with the second. Right around medium in strength and body with a flavor profile of cedar, cream, pepper spices, soft raisin notes and dry earth. Smooth finish.
John: Bread and baking spices are the primary flavors on the first few puffs. A musty tobacco and wood also join a few minutes later. There are no other flavor evolutions for the remainder of the last third.
Jiunn: The final third turns it down a bit, being primarily cedar focused. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was razor straight for the entire review process.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Punch Golden Era Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: I was surprised at how resistant the cigar was given how light it weighed in. The cigar was roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches into the resistant spectrum, giving it an average rating.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and chalkiness. Black pepper joined a bit later. The final third saw the toast level become pretty heavy and the chalkiness increased. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Punch Golden Era Robusto had a fairly average profile throughout, focused around toasted cedar, earth, chalkiness and black pepper. It was also pretty dry throughout. Overall, a pretty pedestrian experience and not something I’d really see coming back to.
Seth: I enjoyed the Punch Golden Era Robusto. I do wish there was a little more body to the cigar, I think that would help with the flavor department as well, because it just came off as being too light in a lot of areas. Great base, but needs something more. I like the balance between the raisins, creaminess, tobacco, spices and earth. Still a solid smoke for the price if you are into this Honduran profile.
John: The Punch Golden Era Robusto was pleasant with some more engaging flavor combinations in the second third, but overall leaving me with an average flavor experience. The burn was perfect while the draw had significant resistance to it. The price point on these is okay for the market but the flavor profile didn’t do enough for me to want to return to it again. Total smoking time was a bit on the fast side at 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Jiunn: This Punch Golden Era Robusto is by far one of the best non-Cuban Punch I have ever had. The interplay of creamed cherries, effervescence and Hawaiian sweet bread was enjoyable every single puff. And for an MSRP of $9.99 per cigar, this is no doubt a box buy.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.74

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.71

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.77

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.47

Scoring System

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