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Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Super Selection No. 1

Punch Super Selection No. 1

Bolivar Belicoso Fino (1996)

A beautiful light wrapper invites you to light up this figurado, which has a perfect draw and burn. The initial white pepper note gives way to a creamy coffee flavor in the mid-palate, and it finishes with a light earthy note. The finish builds in intensity as the cigar warms up. This cigar is smoking wonderfully now, but has a lot of life remaining. —Gordon Mott

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 (1994)

I lit this gorgeous, chocolate-colored robusto at a smoky lunch in Havana. From the first puff it was filled with flavors of crushed coffee bean, earth and Valrhona chocolate. The draw was perfect, the burn even despite a fan blowing away the humid Cuban air. A brilliant smoke that is filled with life. —David Savona

Cohiba Lancero (1991)

Beware Cohibas with this type of cigar band—unless you are certain they are vintage, and from a trusted source. This old, skinny smoke is remarkably vibrant for its age. The draw, sometimes a problem with this vitola, is flawless. It has a lightly minty quality, with pleasant earthy notes, toasted almond and a hint of baking spices. —David Savona