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A budget and palate-pleasing new regular Punch cigar is coming to your local tobacconist. Knuckle Buster is a three-cigar collection that is set to begin shipping to retailers in March 2020.

The name is inspired by a phrase made famous by a university basketball coach that described a rough and tumble physical game as a “Blue Collar Knuckle Buster.” This new Punch cigar was created to deliver a hardworking blend for hard working people.

“Punch is committed to staying true to what the brand has represented over the last six decades: a consistent, well-made, no-nonsense cigar at a price that’s fair and reasonable,” says Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Punch Cigars. “Punch Knuckle Buster honors this commitment with a solid, enticing blend for the people who work hard to enjoy the good life.”

Punch’s blending team at General Cigar’s HATSA cigar factory in Danli, Honduras set out to make a medium-bodied cigar that would appeal to both new and seasoned smokers. The team opted use Habano-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras to create a cigar that had a balanced flavor and strength profile. Punch Knuckle Buster has a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan Habano binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. It will be available in three sizes: Robusto (4 1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 50), Gordo (6 1/4 x 60). MSRP will range from $4.99 to $5.99 per cigar.

“Our hope is that Punch Knuckle Buster becomes a ‘go to’ blend that cigar smokers can rely on time and time again, without having to think twice when they hit the cash register or click on their carts. We want it to be the perfect smoke for walking the dog or mowing the lawn or enjoying with cigar smoking friends. Because after all, a cigar is not about money or status or boutique cigar makers. It’s about removing those barriers and enjoying a moment of well-earned relaxation,” added Lahmann.

Punch Knuckle Buster will begin shipping to retailers on March 9, 2020.

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