It had been decades since the Cuban Punch Brand saw a new size in its regular portfolio but at the 2019 Habanos Festival, a most unexpected announcement was made: Punch was getting a Robusto.
As it turned out, the cigar more than lived up to the hype—it’s one of the finest Cuban Punches we’ve encountered in years. Each puff brings all the warm qualities of holiday baking from nutmeg and oatmeal cookies to pecans and graham cracker, but there’s a spicy hint of hot chili oil tying it all together in unexpected ways.
This release is perhaps the most mercurial of all Regional Editions since the program started in 2005. The reasons are listed below:
It is the only Regional Edition to come from India, in 2009
It was released in two batches, an initial release of 600 and a second release of 1000. The inner leaflet incorrectly states 2000.
It practically has the same vitola dimensions as the regular production Punch Double Coronas and this is what we colloquially term a 'no-no' or 'faux pas' in relation to the rules for Regional Editions, which advocate different vitolas in marcas to regular production stock.
These are highly sought after by collectors for the reasons stated above.
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