Review of Punch Spring Roll Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Punch Spring Roll is the fifth cigar in Punch's annual Chinese New Year Series. Spring Roll is a limited edition cigar that was released in February 2023, to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. These cigars are made in Honduras with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Pennsylvania Broadleaf binder, and a blend of filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, USA, Columbia and Mexico. Punch Spring Roll has a shaggy foot, measures 4½ inches in length with a 50 ring gauge, and is priced at $5.99 per stick. For more information, please see the press release.
The sample Punch Spring Roll cigars began with a modest taste of leather. After about five minutes, the shaggy foot burned down enough to ignite the wrapper, which initiated a gradual and somewhat subtle transformation in body and flavor. During the next 10 minutes, the body moved up a bit from mild-to-medium into the medium range, while the taste of leather intensified and was joined by a moderate amount of spice. These flavors remained until the end of the smoking session.
It took me only 25 minutes to smoke each sample Punch Spring Roll cigar down to 1½ inches remaining. During that time, the cigars had a good draw, mostly even burn, and held a medium-to-long ash. However, one sample needed a minor touch-up at the 20-minute mark to keep the burn even. No relights were required.
The first halves of the sample Punch Spring Roll cigars were more interesting than the second halves. These are decent and quick smokes for those times when time is limited. Overall, a rating of 3.25 points on a 5-point scale seems appropriate.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.