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Punch will kick off The Year of The Rat with the launch of a limited-edition smoke called Punch Chop Suey, a follow up to 2019’s wildly-successful Punch Egg Roll cigar.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch and the creator of Chop Suey said, “We had a lot of fun with Punch Egg Roll last year so we decided to come out with a similar release for 2020. With its panatela size, this cigar delivers a great smoking experience in a format that really lets the tobaccos shine through. And with an SRP of less than $6 per cigar, Chop Suey hits that post-holiday sweet spot for cigar lovers.”

Handmade at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, DR, Punch Chop Suey is made with a Nicaraguan and Dominican blend and has a Nicaraguan binder with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper.  It will be available in one size only, a 7” x 37 Panatela with a 1” shaggy foot.

The cigars come in 25-count bundles placed inside a Chinese food takeout-style box with a shout out to the Year of the Rat.  The inside of the band features a fortune courtesy of Mr. Punch and there are five fortunes in total.

While the Year of the Rat promises mobility and prosperity, Ed Lahmann gives cigar lovers a bit of advice. “The fortunes are coming from Mr. Punch, so expect a couple of friendly jabs and ‘inspirations’ from the snarky Punch mascot.”

Chop Suey will debut at brick and mortar locations across the country in mid-February and will be limited to 3,650 bundles.

Punch Chop Suey (7” x 37) – SRP per cigar $5.49

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market in the US. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through wholesalers and retailers in the US. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City.

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