Punch is a name that is worthy of respect in the cigar world, with a history of being one of the pre-revolution Cuban brands. They were founded in the 1840s by a German who looked around Europe and believed (and rightly so) that there was a market there that was not being properly serviced by the cigar makers of the day. His cigars would quickly become popular throughout Europe, and they even managed to garner a cultish following in the United Kingdom.
Of course, all good things come to an end, and in this case, that inevitable end was the loss of the beautiful Cuban tobacco that the cigars had been made with for around a century and twenty years. The communists took control, they destroyed cigar makers, they killed owners and manufacturers alike, and they nationalized the brands that they thought would last the best. Sadly, Punch was one of them. However, undaunted by this loss, the owner went to Honduras, registered his company again, and began to make cigars in Honduras that matched the quality and taste of what he had been making in Cuba.
The Rare Corojo is made in Honduras, and is made once a year. One run, once a year, that’s it. It’s a medium-full cigar with a Sumatran wrapper from Ecuador and tobaccos representing the best of what you can find in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, coming together to make a cigar that’s a little rough but big on flavor. However, if you’re a patient man, you can put this cigar in your humidor for a year or two, and you will end up with a cigar that is much more flavorful and mellow, a cigar you can enjoy without reservation, a smoother smoke. Do yourself a favor; buy a few of these and put them in your humidor. You’ll be glad you did.