Last year, the storied Punch cigar brand turned 180 years old and General Cigar Co., who makes the non-Cuban version of the brand, is celebrating this milestone with a large cigar called Punch Aniversario Double Corona. Retailers can expect the limited-edition smoke to start shipping in early September.
Rolled at the HATSA factory in Honduras, the 7 ¼-inch-by-54-ring gauge Punch Aniversario is made with a four-country blend consisting of a broadleaf wrapper and binder from the Connecticut River Valley and a mix of filler from Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The cigar has a suggested retail price of $14.99 each.
The packaging for the Punch Aniversario features a handsome box stained a dark shade of navy blue with gold accents. Production of Punch Aniversario will be limited to 3,400 boxes of 10.
Punch as a cigar brand dates back to 1840 and gets both its name and mascot (Mr. Punch) from the popular Punch and Judy puppet shows of the day. The brand changed hands multiple times before and after the Cuban revolution. The first non-Cuban Punches were made in the 1960s, with General Cigar eventually acquiring the U.S. rights to the name in 1997.
The cigars were supposed to be released last year but production was delayed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.