Cigar Aficionado

Punch Double Corona
Double Corona
49 49
Tasting Note
Solidly rolled with a firm draw that imparts a somewhat thin draw. The smoke exhibits a combination of floral notes and sweet graham cracker, but the weak draw hurt the score.
Body Medium-Full
Size Double Corona
Ring Gauge 49
Length 7 5/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Oct 01, 2016
Price £26.85
Box DateFeb. 2015
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 21, 2015 | Score: 95

An exquisitely rich, complex cigar that leaves profound impressions of leather and coffee on the palate along with resonant notes of chocolate and almonds.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2012 | Score: 93

Cuban double coronas went through an inconsistent period in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Today, they are superb, rivaling their days of glory before the modern-day cigar boom. The stately size, measuring 7 5/8 inches long with a ring gauge of 49, is known as a prominente in Cuban cigar factories. Double coronas are cigars that should never be rushed, something to be lit only when you are going to be free of interruptions and can truly enjoy all that they have to offer. The mother factory for Cuba's Punch brand is La Corona, a cigar factory located near Havana's largest baseball stadium. The factory has a tasting room where workers come in every morning, sit at a small desk, and light up, filling out forms to ensure the previous day's production tastes as it should. Quality control of this nature—along with a less rushed atmosphere in which to make cigars, more draw testing in the factory and better tobacco—are among the reasons that Punch Double Coronas are so delicious to smoke. They build in flavor and complexity. First you will taste the coffee, then dark fruits and some vanilla, then nuts, then more. Complexity, balance, power—the Punch Double has it all. The cigars also age beautifully, only adding to their allure.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2011 | Score: 94

Profound coffee notes start to immediately build in intensity, layering the palate with dark fruit, vanilla and nuts. A complex smoke that just gets better and better.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2010 | Score: 92

An attractive double corona with an even burn though firm draw. The medium-bodied smoke has a creamy texture that is full of leather, coffee and earth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 91

Well constructed with a very even, full draw despite the size of this large cigar. It is a toasty smoke with a very balanced interplay of rich tobacco flavors and tea notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2007 | Score: 94

A stunning, richly hued cigar with exemplary construction. The smoke slathers the palate in cocoa and coffee bean flavors that are complex with toasty, leathery undertones. The finish on this medium-bodied cigar is long and full.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2005 | Score: 87

While oily, this cigar has some wrinkles to its wrapper. It burns and draws well. It has a creamy, woody taste with a short finish. A simple medium-bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2002 | Score: 88

A chocolate brown wrapper covers this elegant cigar, which has a well-made cap. The medium-bodied smoke is woody, with a complimentary black cherry note.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2001 | Score: 86

This dark, box pressed cigar that has a tight draw. It's herbal and meaty. Medium bodied. It simply lacks a depth of flavor and complexity.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 2000 | Score: 89

This cigar has nice color and texture. It has a firm draw, showing flavors of coffee, cream and burnt vanilla. The finish is a bit dirty.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1999 | Score: 96

A full-bodied powerhouse. One of the best cigars we've smoked in years. A beautiful reddish, dark brown wrapper with perfect construction. It has sweet cocoa bean notes and delicious spiciness, as well as a sweet wood finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 1998 | Score: 90

A cigar with a toasty character. It has excellent balance of flavors with a roasted cocoa bean note, and a soft spiciness. An earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 01, 1997 | Score: 92

This chocolate brown cigar is rich, powerful and leathery, with a strong backbone of earthy flavors. It has a smooth draw. Complex and interesting.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 1997 | Score: 90

This dark, silky cigar has a firm draw, but it's loaded with flavor. It is medium- to full-bodied, with hints of semisweet chocolate. A short finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 92

It wasn’t that long ago that the Punch Double Corona, as one of the hardest Cuban cigars to find on the market, was worth its weight in gold. That all changed in the last five or six years as consumer tastes evolved to shorter and fatter cigars. What remained the same is the 7 5/8-inch x 49-ring cigar’s astonishingly good taste, which offers cocoa and coffee bean flavors that are complex with toasty, leathery undertones. It’s a medium-bodied smoke, perhaps less powerful than it was a decade ago, but the tempered strength is more than made up for in finesse and refinement. Most of the Punch Double Coronas are made by top-ranked rollers in the new La Corona factory on the outskirts of Havana. Recent visits to key factories suggest that the cigars are now produced in very limited quantities due to waning demand.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale