General Cigar Releases Punch Rare Corojo Aristocrat

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For more than two decades, General Cigar Co. has released limited annual runs of its Punch Rare Corojo series, and this year the company resurrected a size meant to resemble a baseball bat. According to company lore, the new Aristocrat is based on an older shape that was originally designed for cigar-smoking sports legends Red Auerbach and Art Rooney back when the Punch brand was owned by Villazon & Co. (General Cigar acquired Villazon in 1996.)

Tapered like a Louisville Slugger, the shapely figurado measures 6 1/8 inches long by 54 rings at its widest point. Its Ecuador Sumatra seed wrapper covers a Connecticut broadleaf binder that contains a blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican tobacco.

The Punch Rare Corojo Aristocrat is made in Honduras at the HATSA factory and is now available at tobacco shops across the United States, with a suggested retail price of $9.99 per cigar. Aristocrats come in boxes of 20 units.

“The Aristocrat size was almost a forgotten size,” says Ed Lahmann, Punch Senior Brand Manager. “Fortunately for us, while browsing the Punch archives, we learned that this size hadn’t been made in decades. Further digs into the factory uncovered 80 molds for this special size, which is what we needed for a limited edition smoke.

General Cigar Co. is a subsidiary of the European group Scandinavian Tobacco.

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