Punch Upper Cut Robusto Sumatra

Punch Upper Cut Robusto Sumatra Cigar

So I heard yesterday that Facebook bought out my favorite mobile app Instagram for a billion dollars. While I’m not surprised that Instagram was bought out (it was just a matter of time before someone did in my opinion), I was a bit surprised and disappointed that Facebook is now the lucky parent company.

Yesterday was also a good day to try out the Punch Upper Cut Robusto Sumatra that I’ve been keeping for quite a while now. I have to admit, I don’t know much about Punch other than their Rare Corojo line, which I think is a great cigar. Let’s see how this particular cigar fares.

Quick Details

  • Cigar Size:  5 1/4 x 50
  • Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Price: $5.35 through Thompson Cigars

Construction

Once you get past admiring the nice double band that adorns the cigar near the cap and on its foot, it’s easy to see that this cigar is also made with quality in mind. Its wrapper is toothy and oily, and its seams seem to disappear amidst the body’s rather rustic appearance. A few veins also add to this look. Overall, I’d say it’s a good looking stick with a good weight and firm body to go along with it.

Its foot carries sweet elements of caramel and nuts combined with a faint hint of spice, while its body and perfect cold draw suggests raisin-like fruity sweetness.

Flavors

A full blast of wood, black coffee and earthy flavors with an added combination of spice and citrus in the long finish begins my journey through the first third of the Upper Cut. The flavors then settled to reveal a smooth mixture of caramel and wood, and this major shift to smoother flavors adds an element of sophistication to the entire experience.

Wood, a vegetable-like not and cherry flavors seem to be the standing theme by the time the burn roughly reaches the second third of the stick. At this point, it’s very obvious that this particular’s flavor is quite complex, delivering different flavors that seem to “touch and go” at any given time.

A richer version of the vegetable and cherry flavors begin to dominate the last third of the cigar. There’s a slight dose of cinnamon in the finish as well, and the entire flavor of this third part of the stick seems to be more focused on dense sweetness that is quite delicious. The entire cigar basically gives a delightful upper medium body combined with an medium strength kick.

Burn

Unfortunately, the burn line on this cigar was just horrible from the start. Numerous attempts at correcting the line was only met by more canoeing problems. Tunneling burn issues also plagued the last third of the stick, and a re-light was eventually needed. I suspected that the cigar was a bit on the wet side, but the burn area’s temperature was cool and didn’t expand the way a typical wet cigar would.

Thankfully, the smoke profile of this cigar was its saving grace, with voluminous plumes of smoke coming from each puff.

Overall Insights

I’m really torn between the Upper Cut’s excellent flavors and its lackluster burn mechanics. When a cigar’s flavor is just right on the dot and makes you want to smoke it all the way to the nub, it’s disheartening to see its burn require constant care and attention. Perhaps the cigar is just indeed on the wet site and I should have dry-boxed it the night before. I’ll smoke a few more to see if that’s the case, but for now, this cigar earns our third-drawer rating.

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