Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 01 December 2003

User Rating: / 1

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Another spin off of a popular brand. How does the Punch Grand Puro fit in? “When you light up a Punch Gran Puro cigar, you're smoking one of the finest examples of the Honduran cigar maker's art... an all-Honduran Puro cigar developed to bring out the best of the round, spicy flavors for which Honduran-made cigars have become famous. The Punch Gran Puro stays true to the Punch tradition of rich taste that's true to its name.”

So says the General Cigar Website when perusing the qualities of their cigars.  The concept isn’t new, take tobaccos from one country and make a distinctive puro with a personality like that of the native country.  The Punch Grand Puro line is Punch’s attempt to highlight their native country…Honduras.

A decent looking cigar with an attractive price point, the Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita will have no problems selling.  Once cut and readied to smoke, the pre-smoke flavor is quite pleasing.  No tobacco harshness, and no hints of the spiciness that is about to jump out.

The ash burns dirty, with a gray/black color and a form that struggles to hang on to the end of the cigar.  The cigar stays even throughout the smoke, so you can forget about breaking out that new torch lighter and doing any touch ups.

The taste of the Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita stands out with a beautifully spicy and busy initial flavor.  As you work your way down this cigar, you can’t help but getting excited that you may have come across a new “go to” cigar for your humidor.  Unfortunately, the spirit of our reviewers started to dampen as they worked their way in this cigar.

“I thought I had a mega-winner on my hand.  This Honduran puro was a treat until I hit the midway point of this cigar.  It quickly got hot and proceeded to deposit a crappy taste in my mouth.  Major bummer...maybe time?”

Not to say that the Punch Gran Puro didn’t completely leave us wanting…

“Okay, so this cigar started great and turned mediocre.  I don’t have a problem with new cigars doing that, as I know they will get better and balance out with age.  I’ll take this in a heartbeat.”

We think Punch has a very good cigar on their hands in the Gran Puro Santa Rita.  Their may be some early inconsistencies from which this stick suffers, but don’t overlook the finer qualities, as the glass is half-full with this one.  Go for the Punch Gran Puro, it’s a safe bet you won’t be disappointed.  We gave this cigar a "B" grade, and expect a nicer report card down the line.

Vital Statistics:

Size: 4 ½ x 52
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Est. Cost: $3.70

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