Handmade in Cofradia, Honduras, this is 100% Honduran from head to foot. While Punch, a so-called “ancient brand”, originated in Cuba in 1840, this world famous cigar line has been handmade in Honduras since 1969 from Cuban-seed tobaccos. The Honduran handmades that made them famous were mellowed by the inclusion of Dominican tobaccos in their blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves. The Punch Gran Puro is a bold step up from the regular Punch line, yet it manages to deliver a smoother, somehow more delicate taste. Make no mistake, however, it’s a powerful cigar. The bold recipe features a spicy Havana-seed sun-grown wrapper, along with a sun-grown binder. Together, they do in fact provide quite a “punch”, but in a strictly non-abrasive manner. Expect a firm white ash to cap the extensively aged tobaccos as they burn, and look for notes of spice that are difficult to capture in words—less of a pepperiness than a Caribbean style bite, if you will—with a hint of natural cinnamon, a product of the unique soil of the San Agustin Valley. The finish is particularly long-lasting and pleasant. A great cigar to enjoy toward the end of a hearty meal such as a porterhouse steak or a beef stew with your favorite merlot.
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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