Monthly Archives: January 2009

Life Insurance for Cigar Smokers?

I found a post about life insurance for cigar smokers and thought I would pass it on. Something to think about.

Here is a little from the post:

Unfortunately, most life insurance carriers do not distinguish between the man who smokes the occasional Padron and the guy who smokes two packs of cigarettes per day.  This is important because if you smoke cigars and are looking for life insurance, you need to know where to look, or you’ll run the risk of being lumped into the same “tobacco user” category as the daily cigarette user, and will pay two to three times higher than what a “non-tobacco user” pays.

Cigar Review: Punch Gran Puro Rancho

Guest review from Erik_T from the forum.

From the site:

The History:
Punch has been a leading premium brand from Villazon Company ever since it was first imported from Honduras in 1969. A Cuban cigar manufacturer named Manuel Lopez created the original Punch cigar in 1840. In an effort to attract the British market, he named the cigar after Mr. Punch, the cantankerous half of the Punch and Judy puppet shows, which also inspired the name of the famous British humor magazine. Punch Gran Puro, introduced in 2003, expresses the heritage of Mr. Punch with an elegant domed medallion on the box that features a classic illustration of Mr. Punch and his dog Toby.

The Cigar:
Punch Gran Puro is all-Honduran with an extra-dark, extra-bold Havana-seed wrapper developed exclusively for this cigar in the rich San Agustin Valley of Honduras. Both the wrapper and the binder leaves are sun-grown and carefully selected from the highest primings to ensure the cigars’ special color and flavor. The result is the Puro of Puros — a cigar impossible to imitate.

The Experience:
A new experience in smoking, Punch Gran Puro is pure Honduran, a medium-full bodied, no-nonsense cigar that would have brought a smile to the otherwise curmudgeonly face of Mr. Punch himself.

Country: Honduras
Size: 5.5 x 54
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Sun-grown Havana seed
Filler: Honduras Sun-grown
Binder: Honduras Sun-grown
Strength: Medium
Price: $115

Pre-light: Great pre-light draw, easy, with a really nice tobacco pre-light taste. Appearance was really nice, this one had one major vein but nothing to make you think rustic. They call the wrapper a natural, but it was a nice chocolaty brown.

The burn: Great burn razor sharp, firm white ash that didn’t fall off until I was way past 1/3 down. Huge smoke, I didn’t know that much smoke could come out of one mouth.

The taste: This cigar started out really nice and spicy. Before I smoked these I read about them and people said there was either a clove-ish or cinnam-ish flavor. I didn’t find it to be one or the other but I understand why people say this. There is a definite spice that can be compared to either of them. After the first third the spiciness dropped off and the was a nice wood flavor that is more like a fruit-wood than cedar. It imparted a faint sweetness that didn’t interfere with the tobacco flavor and there was a nice creamy quality to the flavor. The last third went back to spicy including the cinnamon/clove like hints and the finish was long. For 3.50 a smoke this was great but I just found 25 of them for 77.00 bucks on Famous. Next paycheck I am getting a box.

Over all: This is a really good medium body flavorful smoke. If you like Rare Corojo or just plain punch you should give this one a try.

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