Punch is one of the very oldest Havana brands. Don Manuel Lopez of Juan Valle & Co founded it in the mid 19th Century with an eye to the booming British market where a humorous magazine of the same name was much in vogue.
A contented Mr Punch, the clown who personified the magazine, is still featured on every box, cigar in hand, and surrounded by 19th Century images of cigar making that remain virtually unchanged over a century and a half later.
In 1931 Punch became associated with Hoyo de Monterrey and the two brands have been made at the same factory ever since. Today the factory is LaCorona.
Punch’s distinct medium flavour created with a blend of filler and binder tobaccos from the Vuelta Abajo zone is available in a wide variety of sizes all of which are Tripa Larga, Totalmente a Mano – long filler, totally hand made.
RING GAUGE: 49
LENGTH: 7 5/8 inches
A majestic DC that is as close to an iconic size as you will find. It’s made alongside Hoyo’s version of the same size at Havana’s La Corona factory, but with a distinctly different taste. Develops beautifully as you smoke it.
VITOLA: Corona Gorda
RING GAUGE: 46
LENGTH: 5 5/8 inches
The signature Corona Gorda size that has been a big player amongst heavy girth Havanas for five decades. You can depend upon it to deliver the vivacious notes that separate Cubans from the rest.
RING GAUGE: 42
LENGTH: 5 1/8 inches
An honest, medium bodied mareva in a recently designed, British racing green tube. An ideal accompaniment for outdoor pursuits – shooting and fishing expeditions for example.