Connoisseur's Corner: Two Fine Double Coronas
(From the August 2010 issue of Cigar Aficionado) What’s better than a big Cuban cigar? A big Cuban cigar from a great year with a bit of age. We rated two of Cuba’s finest double coronas, one of them from 1993, the other from 1997, and our nod went to the Punch Double Corona from 1993. The early 1990s were very good years for Cuban cigars. The cigar boom had just begun. By the mid 1990s and into the late 1990s, the Cuban cigar industry had increased production by a tremendous amount. That growth spurt gave the world far more Cuban smokes, but they weren’t always of the finest quality. The 1997 Ramon Allones Gigante was very good, but not nearly as good as that 17-year-old Punch, which scored a nearly perfect 99 points. But how long is too long to age a cigar? A 50-year-old Montecristo was a bit past its prime.