General Cigar Co., parent company of the non-Cuban Punch brand, has provided details on the next project from Punch, known as Punch Diablo.
Historically, Punch cigars have been known for their Honduran origin, being one of the first brands to come out of the country, beginning in the 1960s. But with Punch Diablo, the cigars move production out of the country for the first time, with General Cigar handing production over to A.J. Fernández and his burgeoning factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Punch cigars are also known for their strength, being one of the first brands to embrace fuller-bodied smoking experiences. That being said, today’s trend of ultra-full-bodied cigars has altered the scale, and many smokers would now consider classic Punch blends less than full-bodied. Punch Diablo places the brand back in the realm of full, touted as the brand’s fullest-bodied cigar to date.
Punch Diablo utilizes all-aged tobaccos within the blend, beginning with an Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper, aged four years. The blend is rounded out with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper (aged six years) and filler leaves of Nicaragua and Honduras, each aged for four years.
Punch Diablo features new packaging that is said to represent the brand’s new look and feel. Noticeably, this includes spacing for the upcoming requirement of oversized warning labels from the FDA regulations. The cigars will be debuted in three sizes at IPCPR 2018 and are scheduled to begin shipping to retailers in late July.
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
- Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Filler: Nicaraguan Habano | Honduran Habano
- Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular
- Packaging: 20-ct | 25-ct boxes
- Vitolas: 3
- Price: $7.19 – $8.19
- Release: July 2018
- Scamp: 6⅛” x 50 | $7.19 (SRP) | 25-ct box
- Diabolus: 5¼” x 54 | $7.79 (SRP) | 25-ct box
- Brute: 6¼” x 60 | $8.19 (SRP) | 20-ct box