Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Double Corona (1994)

Punch Double Corona

Coronado by La Flor Double Corona (2006)

The ’06 No. 2 Cigar of the Year has evolved into an ever-better smoke. Well-balanced from its youth, this cigar has rounded with age. From the first puff, La Flor Dominicana’s trademark strength comes through, but it is wrapped in a riot of orange peel, leather and earthiness around a core of spice. The burn and draw are perfect. The long finish of cocoa and espresso goes on and on. —Gordon Mott

Romeo y Julieta Cazadores (1994)

Many older cigars are mellow and nuanced. Not this slim, dark smoke­. It’s still a powerhouse after spending nearly 30 years crammed in a box, wrapped in foil. (The foil packaging makes it a true rarity in the cigar world.) The Cazador is brawny from the first puff, loaded with minerals, salt and flinty earth. It has plenty of power and life, quite a fun smoke. —David Savona

Ramon Allones Dunhill Selección No. 81 (1961)

The faint impressions of nutmeg, minerals, cinnamon and slate gain some intensity about halfway through, and are deliciously elegant, but this thin corona is past its prime and doesn’t deliver in aroma or flavor the way it once did. If you have any of these laying around your locker or perhaps burried in a humidor, smoke them now before they fade away. —Gregory Mottola