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This is a great cigar, second to none. My only complaint is I ordered the regular light brown wrapper and received the madero wrapper. Still a wonderful smoke.
As an introduction, I like Punch cigars in general. The Grand Cru is a milder, creamier, richer smoke than a normal Punch, but without the fullness of body. Still excels in consistency which I like Punch cigars in general for. Recommend highly.
What can you say about the Punch Grand Cru Piramide No. II maduro? If you've had one, then you know: these are what god himself probably smokes.
This Cigar is at the top of my list (My list is limited to about $5/stick) I never let the humidor run out of Punch Grand Cru Maduro. I taste a dry Cocoa. Not "hot chocolate" cocoa but the dark, powdered cocoa used for baking. This cigar is perfect from the first to the last draw. Strength is on the heavy side of Medium but not harsh.
A nice medium-bodied cigar that has a very smooth draw, a silky smoke with no harshness. The aroma/flavor is a subdued nutty spiciness. I've only smoked about a box over the past few years, as I enjoy variety in my cigars, but I put the Grand Cru right up there with the Perdomo ESV, the Rocky Patel 1992, the H. Upmann, etc. If you were hesitant to try these Grand Cru's because Punch are considered full-bodied, know that Grand Cru's are the smoothest and most subtle of the Punch line.
Great smoke. Earthy-chocolate. Not my favorite, but very good.
You can't afford not to buy the (Punch Gran Cru) Diadema. A very well constructed cigar and a great smooth well balanced taste. Well worth it to add this to your luxury collection.
Grabbed a handful of cashews, a good PA microbrew, and lit this top 5 of '08 cigar up (Punch Gran Cru) on Christmas Eve. This medium body smoke is extremely impressive! Notes of everything from nuts to chocolate, annis, leather, cinnamon, you name it... It's a veritable surprise per puff (and never disappointing at that). I can see why this is a "top of the line" Punch. Burn frame is perfect!! Place this one among CAO Italia, Petrus Reposado, CI Legends Yellow Label - a meal of a cigar, and RP Sun Grown as my tops for this year. Many thanks to CI!...
Beautiful construction and appearance with a firm ash and even burn. (Punch Gran Cru) A slightly firm draw keeps the burn slow. Costly, perhaps, but a very nice cigar.
The Punch Gran Cru #2 is a delicious creamy smoke. Definitely a regular, and at CI prices, you can't afford not to get your hands on some.