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More Than I Expected

I am backlogged in my cigar reviews which is a good problem. So let’s get on with the enviable task of reviewing cigars. As policy how and were I received the cigar does not impact my subjective judgement. If this review interests you, please try the cigar yourself.

Cigar Review:

Brand/Name of Cigar: Punch/ Gran Puro Santa Rita
Country of Origin: Honduras
Size:  4.5 x 52
Wrapper: Honduras 
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Shape; Petit Robusto
Where and when smoked; Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles, Ca. 3/5/17

Appearance/Construction:

Wrapper is a shade of medium to almost dark brown. Oil is present on the wrapper but not slick. Not a pretty looking smoke but appears to be well made. Texture is pleasant with no rough or hard spots. It appears to have solid construction throughout.

Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:

The blast of spice hits right away but you expect that from a Punch product. The black pepper opens up the palate so get ready for a full bodied experience. There is no subtle nuances in this cigar. Hold on to your butt (pun intended).

Smoking Characteristics :

Cigar is doing a very good job of being true to it’s burn, as the flow is steady, no hot spots or issues with any aspect due to good construction. What did surprise me was the second third produced a composite of cream and nuts. The spice was still evident but not bone shaking.

Conclusion/ Overall Impression:

I am always been partial to Punch Products from Honduras. I also like the product from Cuba but that’s another story.  They manage to produce well crafted smokes, at a reasonable price point. The cigar in question was a real crowd pleaser for the full bodied fans. Actually those who are partial to medium profiles should give the cigar a try.

Final Thoughts and Numbers:

Appearance and Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4 out of 5
Overall : 4 out 5

The Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita is a classic win. It has all the markings of a outstanding smoke with the added bonus of a reasonable price.

*Credit: Frank “Bo” Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole.

2017 Habanos S.A. Release List Leaks

It’s August and once the Habanos S.A. release list for the proceeding year has leaked.

The Brazilian website Conexão Tabaco has posted the list, which includes a handful of Montecristo additions amongst others.

According to Conexão Tabacothe 2017 releases are:

Duty Free Exclusives

  • Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Belicoso — 4 11/12 (125mm) x 52 — Boxes of 15

Edición Limitada 2017

  • Cohiba Talisman — 6 1/12 (154mm) X 54 — Boxes of 10
  • Partagás Serie No.1 — 5 5/12 (138mm) x 52 — Boxes of 25
  • Punch Regios de Punch — 4 3/4 (120mm) x 48 — Boxes of 25

Gran Reserva

  • H.Upmann Sir Winston — 7 (178mm) x 47 — 5,000 Boxes of 15

La Casa del Habano Exclusives

  • H.Upmann Connoisseur B — 5 11/12 (150mm) x 54 — Boxes of 25
  • Trinidad La Trova — 6 1/2 (166mm) x 52 — Boxes of 12

Regular Production

  • Montecristo Dumas — 5 1/8 (130mm) x 49 — Boxes of 20
  • Montecristo Leyenda — 6 1/2 (165mm) x 55 — Boxes of 20
  • Montecristo Maltes — 6 (153mm) x 53 — Boxes of 20
  • Romeo y Julieta Petit Royales — 3 3/4 (95mm) x 47 — Boxes of 20; Packs of 3
  • Quai D’Orsay Alma — 5 3/10 (135mm) x 54 — Boxes of 10; Boxes of 25
  • Quai D’Orsay Gourmet — 4 1/3 (110mm) x 50 — Boxes of 10; Boxes of 25
  • Quintero Favoritos — 4 1/2 (115mm) x 50 — Packs of 3

Special Release

  • Bolivar Mundiales — 6 1/3 (160mm) x 56 — Humidors of 115
  • El Rey del Mundo Imperio — 7 1/11 (180mm) x 54 — Humidors of 50
While the information has not been confirmed by Habanos S.A., over the past few years leaks around this time have proven to be highly accurate.
*Credit: Charlie Minato, Halfwheel