Yesterday, June 1, 2014, Punch Cigars began their three-month contest to give away $2,500 in Punch Cigars and fishing gear. The contest is being done along with BassMaster. Participants can enter the contest directly or play an online fishing game to increase their chance to win. The contest will run through August 31, 2014 and entrants can enter each of the three months.
Punch is a line of five cigars from mild to full flavor. Most of their cigars are well rated due to their excellent construction and flavor. Although often thought of as Cuban cigars, they are mostly made through a combination of Honduran, Nicaragua and Ecuadorian ingredients. Whether one is talking about the filler, wrapper or binder, if you are buying a Punch cigar in America, it did not come from Cuba. We expect to review one or two Punch cigars next month, so make certain to subscribe to this column to be notified via email.
Punch Cigars are marketed exclusively to men as their website contains the 'Punch Man's Blog' and 'Grill Guide'. The website also offers various manly beef guides to 'pair' one's Punch cigar. In addition, perhaps just like the men they are marketing to, much of these ancillary 'guides' are out of date. With this latest contest, it furthers its interest in Punch being considered a man's cigar, with the link to Bass fishing. Punch may benefit in widening its appeal to the growing number of women smoking cigars these days. It is not uncommon to be at a cigar bar where there are four women for every ten patrons.
The premium cigar industry, for which Punch is a part, has been fighting with the federal government over regulation and taxes, especially under April's announcement by the FDA it putting cigars within its purview. The FDA announcement lumped premium cigars with e-cigarettes even though most e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, but do contain nicotine. Cigar Rights of America is asking its members and non-members to sign an online petition to thwart the FDA's threat to the industry.