Cigar Aficionado

Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita
Santa Rita
52 52
Tasting Note
First puffs of this dark, reddish-brown robusto are nutty with cashew notes and hints of fresh coconut. The toasty finish smacks of earth and cacao.
Body Medium
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 52
Length 4 1/2"
Filler Honduras
Binder Honduras
Wrapper Honduras
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Aug 01, 2016
Price $5.29
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2017 | Score: 93

Consider the Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita a love letter to Honduras. It is composed of Honduran tobacco, made in Honduras and serves as a good example of how vibrant Honduran smokes can be. General Cigar Co. which manufactures this brand at its STG Danlí factory, grows a proprietary tobacco in the San Agustín area of Honduras near the Guatemala border, so this blend is a very quaint expression of a region-specific terroir. And with a suggested retail price of $5.29 (before local taxes), it's also a phenomenal bargain. Punch is a heritage cigar that's been in General's possession since 1997. While it parallels Cuba's Punch brand, these non-Cuban versions are only sold in the United States. This isn't the first time that the Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita has been on the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list—it made an appearance back in 2012. Over the last four years, the price increases have been minimal yet the quality has remained quite high. The brand debuted in 2003 when the demand for strong, full-bodied cigars had yet to reach its potential. Perhaps it was ahead of its time. It's certainly the most powerful of the Punches in General's portfolio.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 91

The Punch Gran Puro line came onto the scene 10 years ago and is General Cigar's only Honduran puro, meaning that it uses only tobacco from Honduras. Blended around a proprietary dark Cuban-seed wrapper from the St. Augustín valley, this is a bold cigar that produces a very solid white ash as it burns. The high- priming leaves used for wrapper and binder are sun grown, resulting in dark, oily nicotine-rich tobacco that is also full of strength and flavor. Like all Punch cigars, it's made in Danlí at the Honduras American Tobacco factory (HATSA). Over the last 10 years, the brand has only seen minimal price increases and is always competitively positioned in terms of suggested retail price. This year, the near-black Santa Rita size is the very definition of bargain smoke, offering all the richness and flavor of a cigar that could easily cost three times as much.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2012 | Score: 91

This chocolate brown robusto burns perfectly even and draws well, delivering sweet and floral smoke with profound undertones of leather, dried red fruit and a hint of cinammon.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 88

A dark robusto with a rustic wrapper. It draws and burns evenly forming a very solid white ash. There are unsweetened cocoa flavors to the smoke along with tea notes and some saltiness.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2006 | Score: 87

Dark, oily and attractive, this well-made cigar has loads of cedar flavor and good amounts of caramel. The finish is slightly charred. A rich, fine smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2004 | Score: 88

A rich, dark-brown wrapper covers this cigar, which is very cedary and pleasant. It has pepper and apple flavors, and a medium body.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 01, 2003 | Score: 89

This cigar is rock solid and full in body. Its flavors are meaty, with a touch of black pepper and earth. the finish is spicy. A steady smoke.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale