Punch’s Knuckle Buster line has grown with a new blend being added as well as a new size for an existing blend.

The new Punch Knuckle Buster Shade began shipping to stores on March 1, and gives consumers a lighter expression of the line. It uses an Ecuadoran-grown Connecticut shade wrapper, a Mexican binder, and a filler that features tobaccos from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and United States broadleaf. It is produced at STG Danlí factory in Honduras.

Punch Knuckle Buster Shade is offered in four vitolas:

  • Punch Knuckle Buster Shade Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $5.39 (Box of 25, $134.75)
  • Punch Knuckle Buster Shade Toro (6 x 52) — $6.09 (Box of 25, $152.25)
  • Punch Knuckle Buster Shade Gordo (6 x 60) — $6.59 (Box of 20, $131.80)
  • Punch Knuckle Buster Shade Stubby (4 1/2 x 60) — $5.49 (Box of 20, $109.80)

The Punch Knuckle Buster Maduro line, which debuted in 2022, is also adding the Stubby vitola, and like the Shade version, is priced at $5.49 per cigar and $109.90 for a box of 20 cigars.

Its blend uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Indonesian binder, and Nicaraguan filler, and like the other Punch Knuckle Buster lines, is produced at STG Danlí. It is also currently arriving at retailers.

“Punch Knuckle Buster keeps growing by popular demand,” said John Hakim, brand manager for Punch, in a press release. “With great blends, expert craftsmanship and realistic pricing, the line offers something for every cigar smoker and every occasion. If you haven’t tried one of the Punch Knuckle Buster blends yet, I’d tell you you’re missing out. But I’m sure you’ve already heard that from your cigar smoking buddies.”

The original Punch Knuckle Buster line debuted in 2020 as “a hardworking cigar for hardworking people.”

Images courtesy of Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

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