‘Puro’. Such a simple word, two syllables, and yet one of my favorite words to see on the box or bands of a cigar. You see, puro means something; it means the tobacco is purely from one location, generally. For example, a Nica Puro cigar contains tobacco only grown in and treated in Nicaragua. Well, in this case all the tobacco comes from Honduras, and the tobacco is beautifully treated.
But first, let’s talk a little about where Punch comes from. They were one of the best Cuban cigars, founded in the mid-1800s and made in Cuba. Of course, as with all cigar companies, they changed hands a few times, starting with the hands of the German founder and ending more local to Cuba. After the violent revolution, the Castro crew allowed Punch to continue to operate, but nationalized it. Thankfully, since then, someone has begun producing Punch cigars in Honduras, mimicking the old flavor without having to do business with the communists.
The Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita is a robusto-sized cigar with sun-grown wrapper and tobaccos chosen specifically for this blend. Much of the tobacco is grown from Cuban seeds from Havana, and it has a spicy taste with just the slightest hint of cinnamon, a complex smoke that has smoothness to it and that you will grow to love if you take the chance on one. One of the better Puro cigars I’ve ever had, as well.