Monday, November 28, 2011

Punch Uppercut Toro Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $7.00

Since this cigar was smoked as my Thanksgiving cigar, I feel I should start out by thanking all of my readers. I would like to extend a special thanks to all of my readers and friends over at r/cigars as well for helping me find and smoke new cigars. I was asked what I was smoking for this Thanksgiving, and why? The only think that popped into my head was the Upper Cut because it is more or less the movement used to stuff a turkey. That was the best I could do.

Well the wrapper on this cigar is almost like a dark chocolate shade. There are a couple thin veins that don’t bother me much at all. This stick is also very solid throughout the entire stick. There are two layers to the cap and both lay perfectly flush. The smell is actually sweet and slightly bitter. The cigar cut clean and was easy to light.

With a name like “Upper Cut” I was expecting a nice punch of spice, but I was greeted with the exact opposite. The start was very creamy with a slightly earthy and woody flavor to it. About a half of an inch in, there was a light spice that came out. By the one-inch mark, this cigar really opens up. There are much stronger wood and earth notes. The spice remains very mellow with a slight sweetness in the background.

The mid-section of this cigar is slightly bitter. When the bitterness comes out, the mild sweetness that was there goes away. The wood notes pick up much more. There is actually a little bit of leather that builds on the palate about halfway and then the bitterness is much stronger at this point too. The earth is much stronger too.

Around the start of the final third, the sweetness comes back. The leather flavor is even stronger than before as well. The flavors that remain on the tongue are very distinct. I am getting good amounts of the creaminess and the bitterness; it is almost like a cup of coffee. The finish is very strong and the flavors pick up even more.

The ash is almost white on this cigar and it holds on for about two inches at a time. The burn is perfectly even throughout the entire length of the cigar. The draw is very easy too and helps produce a thick white smoke. The smoke gave off a nice earthy aroma.

I have had a handful of these, and they never disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t the greatest cigar you are ever going to smoke, but it is one that is definitely worth a try. I give it a 7.25 out of 10.


Zack the Stogie Man