Stockmann a German named individual registered the Punch brand in 1840. The name is derived from a European puppet show character called Mr. Punch. The brand accomplished much success particularly in the Great Britain and in 1874 Luis Corujo bought the brand and got ownership. It later changed hands again when Manuel Lopez Fernandez bought the brand in 1884. Manuel later retired in 1924 and shortly thereafter he passed away, ownership had been passed on to Esperanza Valle Comas. The brand was later bought by the Fernandez Palicio y Cia firm in 1930. After the United States set an embargo against Cuba, Fernando fled Cuba and settled in Florida where he sold his cigar lines to Frank Llaneza and Dan Blumenthal of Villazon & Co. which continues to make the Punch, Belinda and Hoyo de Monterrey cigars.
The Punch cigar provides a medium to full-bodied taste and utilizes an Ecuadorian wrapper. The Cuban seed tobacco fillers hail from Honduras, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The maduro versions of the Punch cigars utilize a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The Punch cigars do not disappoint, they are smooth and come in a variety of different brands including Punch Deluxe, Punch Gran Cru, Punch Gran Puro and Punch Rare Corojo among others. It also produces the Cigarritos Reserva and Cigarritos which are machine-made cigarillos.
The following are some of the popular Punch cigar brands
The Punch Grand CruThe Grand Cru was launched four years later after the launch of the Punch Deluxe in 1990. It features an elegant Connecticut Shade wrapper and an exquisite blend of Honduran tobaccos. The maduro versions feature deep dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers.
The Grand Cru Maduro RobustoThe Maduro Robusto is part of the Grand Cru line it features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The filler is a rich blend of Honduran, Dominican (Piloto Cubano) and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf. The body ranges from mild to medium, featuring an array of flavors. The pre-light offers a sweet tobacco flavor and as you continue to puff away more flavors emerge including earth with hints of coffee, wood and dark chocolate. This combination is accompanied by a hint of sweetness. The wood and chocolate flavors are quite intense at the end, somewhat harsh than smooth. Other than the harshness felt at the finish, this is a good cigar and best enjoyed in the afternoon while relaxing.
The Punch Rare Corojo Introduced in 2003 the Corojo is produced in limited quantities making it quite rare. It utilizes a dark Sumatra wrapper grown in Ecuador and a blend of Honduran, Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. This cigar is super spicy and the tobacco flavors are dominant and remain consistent throughout from start to finish. The full flavored tobaccos, aromatic wrapper and spicy touch makes this robust is a delight.
The Punch Gran PuroThe Gran Puro compared to other Puros is definitely in a class of its own. This beauty is wrapped in deep dark Havana-seed wrapper that has been produced exclusively for this cigar and it hails from the San Agustin Valley of Honduras. The filler is 100% Honduran tobacco and a sun-grown binder whose leaves are carefully chosen to ensure the cigar?s unique flavor and color. It is medium to full in body and expect only the best of tastes from this cigar.
The Punch Gran Puro Santa RitaThe Santa Rita is from the Gran Puro line and it features a dark Havana-seed wrapper and a blend of Pure Honduran tobaccos, both the binder and filler tobaccos are sun-grown. The pre-light offers a good amount of spice that mellows soon after and becomes creamier. Peppery spice with hints of clove is among the dominant flavors at the start while the Honduran tobacco flavors remain consistent throughout. Towards the finish earth flavors emerge with slight hints of sour cream and as you come to the very end the spicy notes become more intense. The Puro with its distinct flavors and rich blend of premium tobaccos is definitely well worth a try.
The Punch UppercutThe Uppercut hails from the Ometepe region of Nicaragua, an island in Lake Nicaragua that produces the best tobacco in the world. It is medium to full- bodied and utilizes a dark oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the long-filler is a rich blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been well aged and the binder is Nicaraguan. This exquisite cigar features rich tobacco flavors combined with wood, leather, earth and warm sweet spice flavors. The earthy and woody flavors remain consistent from start to finish and the cigar remains smooth all the way. It should be noted that wrapper is rather spicy and peppery and this powerhouse is definitely not for a novice.
The Punch DeluxeThis cigar was introduced in 1990 and it features a Sumatran wrapper grown in Ecuador whereas the maduro varieties utilize a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The filler is a rich blend of Honduran tobaccos. The flavors are complex and subtle providing a wonderful smoking experience for all enthuthiasts.