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The (Punch Deluxe) is the best cigar I've ever smoked, and I've smoked thousands. I buy a box or two of these and a few dozen boxes of other brands evry year. Each time I torch off one of these, usually well into a summer evening beneath the stars, I'm left wondering why I buy anything else. Enjoy.
I could tell it would be an outstanding cigar from the mere looks and feel of it. The size was another plus no less, and I was not disappointed by any means. Much more mature than overpowering bodied and consistent to perfection. And thanks to CI, neither am I disappointed in picking up a huge 10pk for a super great price.
I guess cigar makers/rollers/tobacco growers etc. must change their recipe for making a particular cigar over a period of years because the last Chateau L I smoked (probably in early to mid '90's) sure seemed to be MUCH fuller bodied-full flavored. It was the double maduro type and I remember saving out some paycheck dough every two weeks just to buy a half dozen. The one I had just this summer was truly plain and quite "bundle cigar" tasting...sad deal.
Fresh and tasty, fine selection. A little stronger than I'm used to but I settled right in and by the end of the box was enjoying every puff.