"I don't usually go for the bigger cigars but this was excellent start to finish. The sweet cocoa at the beginning that morphed into buttered toast and warm cinnamon at the midway point was perfectly balanced by charred oak and black pepper on the retro. The final inch or so got a little heavy on the wood notes but I would definitely smoke this one again after a big dinner with a nice rye to pair." -Vance T. (Vance)
The Punch Rare Corojo is coming back again, and this time the annual cigar is coming back in a size from the past. The Punch Rare Corojo 2022 will be an Arisocrat size, a 6.125 x 40/54 figurado. The size was originally made at the at the Villazon factory, commissioned by Frank Llaneza, founder of Punch Cigars in Honduras. Frank made what he referred to as a baseball bat-size cigar for Red Auerbach and Art Rooney, two sports legends.
Punch, owned by General Cigar, has announced the “Punch Bento Box” for the 2021 holiday season. This limited edition, brick and mortar exclusive contains all three “Year of the Zodiac” releases from 2019, 2020 and 2021. Punch Bento Box will ship in October and contains a total of 42 cigars, including 20 of the 2019's “Egg Roll," 12 “Chop Suey” from 2020, and 10 “Kung Pow!” from this year. All cigars come in their original sizes and blends. Also included is a custom-made cigar rest, created exclusively for the Bento Box. MSRP for this set is $205.58.
The Punch Brand has been around since 1840, originally crafted for export to the United Kingdom. To celebrate its 18th anniversary, General Cigar is releasing the Punch Aniversario, which the company is calling its more limited offering to date.
General Cigar's Punch is adding another cigar to their Chinese New Year Series: Punch Fu Manchu. This cigar celebrates the Year of the Tiger following 2021’s Kung Pow!, 2020’s Chop Suey and 2019’s Punch Egg Roll. This makes the fourth entry in the series.
"Overall this was a very light flavor with it being very hard to pick up flavors from this cigar of creamy, earthy, and salty flavors. The part I did not like was the flavors did not stay on the palate and between puffs it almost felt like i was not smoking a cigar. " -Chad M. (Chad Tchad
General Cigar has updated the look for its Punch Signature line. The redesigned packaging actually started hitting shelves already, earlier this month. The blend remains unchanged.
"Overall, it was an okay smoke, no frills for me at least. If you like earthy notes with some pepper and char, this will be right up your alley. Little gave in way of sweetness save the grassy notes in the beginning that quickly faded halfway through. Draw issues with it being too tightly rolled made smoking it at times a chore, however all in all, eh, try it… you might like it, you might not, you be the judge…" -John A. (Bostoneo)