Monday, September 28, 2015

Cigar Review: Punch Descobridores Edición Regional Portugal (2011)

In my opinion, Punch is the brand that comes off as the mild child. It is not as successful as the Global Brands Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, and not as fun or cool as Ramon Allones and Juan Lopez. Punch has been around for a long time, but it never made it to the next level like H. Upmann in terms of becoming a Global Brand or Bolivar with rating successes. However, with its lack of success, the brand has been able to be selected as a regional release for several years. It has even gotten a limited edition release! The Punch brand received two of the first four regional releases, and with these regional releases we saw larger Punch offerings. While I am not looking at one of the two 2005 regionals, I am looking a vitola that has come back multiple times for the Punch regionals. The vitola is the robusto, and today I look at the Punch Descobridores Edición Regional Portugal (2011).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Embargo?: Punch Thunderdome

Last night, on What Embargo?, Yellow Snapper and Big Tuna put two Punch regionals in the Thunderdome! Those smokes were the Regional Edition Punch discoverers Portugal (2011) and the Punch discoverers Portugal Regional Edition (2011). Check out the show and see which one came out alive!

Two cigars enter! One cigar leaves!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cigar Review: Edmundo Dantes Conde 54 Edición Regional Mexico (2011)

In 2007, Habanos S.A., along with Max Gutmann, owner of Importadora y Exportadora de Puros y Tabacos, Mexico's Cuban cigar agent, announced a regional edition to Mexico that would be like no other. The Habano was titled Edmundo Dantes, and it was titled that because they could not use Montecristo name due to trademark issues. What makes this regional release so special is that this would be the first regional edition for one of the Global Brands, and it would be one of two brands that were released only for the regional edition program. The other one being La Escepción in 2011 for Italy. The 2007 release was El Conde 109, a magnificent 109 release, and in 2011 they announced the Conde 54 as the second. Today I look at that 2011 release and see how it is smoking after four years of aging.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cigar Review: Por Larrañaga Picadores

In 2014, Habanos S.A. announced that one of the oldest brands in production, Por Larrañaga, would be receiving a new vitola. It had been 12 years since a new vitola was introduced to the brand, and for those past 12 years there were only been three vitolas in production. Those three vitolas were on the smaller side of things, nothing over a 42 ring gauge, and one of those was a short filler blend. The new vitola released, titled Picadores, would be a much lager releases, a Hermosos No. 4, and would come with new packaging as well. This release would be the one that launched the brand into the 21st Century, and it is a brand that desperately needs a jump start. Personally, I love the Por Larrañaga brand and everything it delivers, so let's see how the new Picadores smokes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What Embargo? Book II, Chapter II

Today, on What Emabrgo?, Yellow Snapper and Big Tuna pair a Bolivar Royal Coronas from October 2012 with a 2013 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel and a random Californian Pinot Noir.