It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Punch Sucker Punch in the Lights Out size. This 5×52 Robusto features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper securing a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan ligero long-fillers. The wrapper gives off a strong tobacco and cedar aroma. Out of the foot, there is a potent raisin smell.
The pre-light draw gives me a musty raisin flavor. Once lit, the cigar produces a significant amount of spice with wood and leather. Through the nose, there is some black pepper spice.
After twenty-five minutes, I finish the first third. The draw gives me spicy cedar with some hay and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a fruity wood with mild spice. On the finish, there is additional spicy cedar with notes of peanut and a delicious salty caramel. The finish does not last long, though. The strength and body are at the medium mark.
The second third brings me to fifty minutes. On the draw, I am given spicy cedar and earth with a cardboard taste. Through the nose, there is a blast of black pepper spice with leather. The finish is lacking with wood and mild spice. Strength and body have not changed.
The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. There is more cedar and cardboard on the draw with the introduction of a soapy earth. On the retro-hale, there is black pepper spice and a spicy raspberry note. The finish gives me dry char with leather and white pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
Overall, this cigar is a great budget option. It comes in around the $4 to $5 mark, and although it isn’t overly complex, it produces some nice flavors. It would make a great “yard-gar” or simply an everyday stick at an affordable price. It didn’t “Sucker Punch” me as expected, but a cigar doesn’t have to have overwhelming strength to be good in my book.