PUNCH THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP | CIGAR REVIEW
JULY 7, 2022 - PHIL KURUT, COMEDY - CIGARS - MUSIC
PUNCH THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP ROBUSTO (5 x 50)
WRAPPER: HONDURAN HABANO
BINDER: MEXICAN SAN ANDRÉS
FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, BRAZIL, NICARAGUA
For starters, Champ has an excellent draw and smoke output. I dig that. I had a cigar a few days ago that had a terrible draw, which I haven’t gotten for awhile, and I don’t go through the hassle of spending a bunch of time trying to fix it. I already spent money on the cigar, I’m not getting paid to fix it.
That was apparently a pent up rant. Anyway.
Earth, some chocolate, and general sweetness come forth. Sounds like one of those movies set in olden times - kings, queens, princes, etc. It must have been quite the challenge living back then. Uncurable diseases, rotten food, bad breath. On the other hand, no TikTok. Maybe not a terrible time to live.
Champ’s retrohale has some coffee, earth, and a fruity floral thing going. Not bad.
The finish has a bit of a harsh sting to it. Right near the back. The harshness doesn’t steal all of the spotlight from leather, sweetness, and fruit though.
Ash gets a bit fugly, but it hangs on like a stage five clinger.
A litte further on, and the draws turn to leather and mild fruit. All wrapped up with a bit of harshness.
Chocolate finds its way back. Very muted but back. Earth and leather tie up the loose ends.
The retrohale is dark earth and burnt toast. A bit of fruit briefly starts the finish, but it’s quickly overcome by leather. Tingling spice lingers on the throat.
The ash has improved greatly, and the burn line burns just fine.
Champ’s foot smoke puts off some earth and oak. Nice.
Bringing on the earth and some fruit now.
Leather, coffee, and the slightest hint of dark chocolate streams fairly smoothly through the nose.
Leather is the last man standing on the finish. Neither harsh nor heavy.
The People's Champ performed like many famed champs. There were ups and downs. There were good times and bad times. Maybe I'll write a documentary, full of scandals and mysteries. Probably not.
SMOKE TIME: 1 hr. 18 mins.
RATING: 2.25 / 4 - The life of a champ.