Stick MSRP $4.89
Five Pack Per Stick Price $3.40
Box Price Per Stick $3.40
Wrapper: Maduro Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican
Size Name: Punch Rothschild Maduro
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Medium – Medium Full
There are a few good Rothschilds out there that are my “go to” sticks, especially in the morning, when I am on my way to the office. Occasionally I may smoke one to close out an evening and I don’t want a large or long smoke. I also think they really are a great size for getting an almost perfect amount of wrapper, binder and filler. I would say a Panatella is a close second or tie, IMO, to achieving this balance of a cigar’s ingredients. I have smoked a few other Punch sticks but there are few that really stand out. This is my first Rothschild from them so I am eager to try it. Let’s dive in.
The wrapper has a nice, slightly oily, satin-like sheen to it with a medium to dark coffee-brown color. I noticed a couple of small veins, but nothing too thick. The cigar is fairly firm, but not tightly packed. Overall the construction looked to be excellent and I expected no burn issues…I just sensed it would be even. As I said this cigar is a great size for me in the morning or after “round 2” in the evening. Looks like it is time to sniff, clip, draw, and toast.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma
The unlit aroma is woody, earthy, and has a solid, semi-sweet fermented tobacco scent. On the pre-light draw, I get a more of that woody note, oak maybe, with a bit hint of faint coffee. The initial flavor after lighting is great, I get a heavy blast of oak, with a hint of espresso and cocoa (unsweetened). The draw is perfect, slight resistance, and the cigar kicks out a good amount of smoke. The smoke was very rich and medium-full on the pallet. After a few puffs the chocolate flavor disappeared and the rich sweetness of the fermented Maduro wrapper really started to become the dominant flavor. The burn was razor sharp and with a firm light grey ash. The resting smoke was about average and the burn was about average.
I was drinking my morning iced coffee with this one and as I got a bit further into the stick I was hit with a myriad of flavors. I was getting a sweet tea like flavor, as well as pepper, chocolate, and a nice cream and nutty flavor. (walnuts) I was impressed by how evenly it burned for me; it didn’t need any touchups at all. The flavors didn’t really change too much beyond that but by no means is that a bad thing. Burn time was about 45 minutes.
Nearing the end of cigar, at the band for me on this one because I had arrived at work, the stick was definitely what I would consider a medium to full bodied smoke. There were a variety of flavors to be had in this stick so it was definitely not just one noted, just flavorfully even and consistent. In fact I enjoyed the consistency of the flavors as some sticks can go from nice and tasty to harsh and bitter in a hurry if they are not balanced right. With that being said and the size of this cigar, and and knowing what kind of consistent experience you will have with this smoke, make me recommend it as a must try, pick up a fiver. It had a beautiful aroma and was tasty on the pallet. This made for a really enjoyable experience. There are other Rothschild sizes out there from popular manufacturers one that comes to mind is the Illusione *R* Rothchildes that I would easily put this stick on their level. By doing so I would consider picking up a box if you like the size and are able. As always stay smokey and ash on! Click on the link below to get your hands on this stick!