While it’s slightly late, General Cigar has announced a cigar to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Punch brand. The cigar is appropriately called the Punch Aniversario.
The Punch brand was created in 1840 as a cigar for export to the United Kingdom. Today, the U.S. version of the brand is produced primarily in Honduras. This year’s Punch Aniversario is a limited edition offering. The blend is produce at the HATSA factory in Danlí, Honduras and features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that was given additional cedar aging to enhance the tobacco and create a deeper, richer profile. The blend also uses Connecticut Broadleaf binder over proprietary filler leaves from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The cigar is available in a single size – a 7 1/4 x 54 Double Corona. A total of 3,400 ten-count boxes will be released exclusively to Brick and Mortar retailers in September.
Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch, said, “Perhaps more than any other handmade cigar brand that has graced a tobacconist’s humidor, Punch has been symbolic of a trailblazer, a maverick and one who is unapologetically self-assured in their choices. Today, we celebrate Punch as the first name in Honduran-crafted cigars with this special release. We look forward to upholding the brand’s legacy for today’s Punch loyalists and the next generation of Punch enthusiasts.”
At a glance, here is a look at the Punch Aniversario:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: Honduras American Tobacco S.A. (HATSA)
Double Corona: 7 1/4 x 54