Review of Punch The People's Champ Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
“The People's Champ” cigar was developed with input from Punch cigar brand enthusiasts from across the United States, and is made in Honduras with tobacco from five countries, featuring a Honduran Habano wrapper, Mexican San Andrean binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua. These cigars became available at select brick and mortar retailers in June 2022, and are available in one limited edition Robusto size (5 x 50) that sells for $6.49 per cigar. For more information, please refer to the press release.
The People's Champ Punch cigar began with a pleasant and naturally sweet tobacco flavor, which was quickly joined by a moderate peppery taste after the first couple of puffs. The smoke was medium-plus bodied, say 3½ on a 5-point fullness scale. The initial flavors gradually faded about half-way through the smoke, where a modest leather taste became more prevalent along with some hints of nuts.
The cigar burned evenly most of the time, but a couple of minor touch-ups were applied at the 20 and 40-minute marks. No relights were required. The cigar had a very good draw and held a long ash. It took me 50 minutes to smoke The People's Champ Robusto down to 2¼ inches remaining.
I enjoyed the first half of The People's Champ Punch cigar more than the last half, but overall it was still a very good cigar worthy of a rating of 4 points on a 5-point scale. At a price of $6.49 per stick, it is also a very good value. However, you will have to visit an elite Punch Retailer to get your hands on these limited edition cigars.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.