Cu-Avana Punisher Cigars
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Cu-Avana Punisher

[pun-ish'er] noun 


Punisher is for seasoned lovers of the glorious tobacco weed. To those not converted to the sublime righteousness of ligero and high-priming tobaccos it will be the devil’s brew. If this is you: run, do not walk, in the opposite direction. Even stout men will be overwhelmed with its pure, undiluted, concentration of spice. Punisher is crafted for the minority, the insatiable ligero lovers. The juxtaposition of deep, dense flavors, searing spice, and classical construction deliver a righteous blend with layer after layer of sand-pounding, toe-curling, full-bodied power. The lips will burn. The head will swim. The tummy will ache. The eyes will warm. Sweat will collect. The heat will render you prone. Ligero-loving converts: this is a feature, not a bug. Nothing short of a religious experience. Unlike any other. The proof is in the box.

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Cu-Avana Punisher Jalapeno Popper (Perfecto) (4.0"x52)
Pack of 10Delayed 30+ Days$100.00
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Cu-Avana Punisher Toro (6.0"x54)
Pack of 10In Stock$110.00
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Cu-Avana Punisher Torpedo (6.0"x52)
Pack of 10In Stock$125.00
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Overall Rating4.48 out of 5 Based on 48 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Great flavor/value in a compact size
Great flavor in the perfect compact size. They were perfect for a quick smoke and delivered the same great flavor as the full size! I highly recommend these and will be buying g again!
5 out of 5
Best cigar I have smoked
Best cigar I have smoked to date. And I prefer a mild cigar.
5 out of 5
Love the spicy bite - great cigar
5 out of 5
The Punisher is pure pleasure...
Spectacular! Superb! Don't let the description scare you. From the first dry draw I knew that this was going to be an experience to remember. From the contact with the unlit cigar, my lips were burning. For sure this is a FULL-BODIED smoke, dark and rich, the smoke is almost chewy it's so dense. Again, don't be scared! It was by no means unmanageable. It was a 45-minute smoke, not a single tunnel, it burned perfectly even, one delicious mouthful after another it was one of the best smokes I've ever had. It was layer after layer of spice and more spice, softening to a rich, dark chocolate finish with cinnamon, pepper, and allspice. I let this stogie sit in my humidor for over a year because I was scared of it, and now I'm regretting not having tried it sooner. I have one left and I simply cannot wait. They only come in 10-packs - go in with a few friends and try it out. The Punisher is pure pleasure.
5 out of 5
Very Good Cigar for the Golf Course
starts off will an Awesome Picante then smooths out with a full flavor smoke....
5 out of 5
The bite it gives before you light it has attracted quite a few cigar smokers. The full bodied flavor is consistent front to back.
5 out of 5
Great smoke!
The pepper on the wrapper is only the beginning of the flavors that are wrapped up in this cigar. Love it! It keeps the flavor the whole way through to the end.
5 out of 5
Wow....y’all are right...not for the faint of heart.....what is in this that makes it hot at the start.?
4 out of 5
I loved the pepper in this cigar made my lip burn at first. I Love a strong cigar and I am not sure this is the strongest cigar around like some say but it is a solid smoke with lots of spice. I smoke strong cigars everyday so maybe thats why it did not seem as overpowering as some had said. I will smoke more of these in the future and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys spice . if you are not a fan of spice these are not for you
5 out of 5
Good smoke
I'm on my third order. After you get used to the pepper, they're a good medium cigar.
5 out of 5
Great smoke with an amazing
Great smoke with an amazing spice all the way through the stick.If I had to smoke just one cigar this is the one I would choose.
4 out of 5
Feel The Burn
I have thoroughly enjoyed these since I stumbled upon them several years ago. Delicious flavor while leaving a nice spice to the lips and tongue. So happy that they decided to get rid of all the unnecessary packaging. Now I can get a full 20 count for what I used to pay for 13 sticks. Keep these coming and I'll keep smoking them.
5 out of 5
My favorite cigar. More wraps the better.
5 out of 5
Good and spicy
I read the reviews and decided that i needed to try these. I am glad that I did. They do have a bit of a peppery taste and they make the lips tingle, but it is not bad. That tingling sensation reminded me of eating hot wings, but the flavor of the cigar was very full and rich and it continues to improve as you smoke it. Definitely worth it.
3 out of 5
Flavor has changed drastically. Not the same as when they first were marketed.
5 out of 5
I love the Punisher. Leaves my lips numb. Add it to the monthly magazine
3 out of 5
Not the same
Punishers used to be one of my favorite smokes. The last three batches I have ordered have been very mild compared to when they first came out years ago. They are still very smokeable but a far cry from "punishing". I will still keep ordering them, maybe cu-avana will kick it up a notch again!
4 out of 5
Good cigar smoked well thought it would be stronger
5 out of 5
Great cigar
5 out of 5
Not For the Faint of Heart!
The Punisher series provides a very strong, peppery experience that should only be undertaken if you are ready for some serious spice! I really like these smokes but I am careful to only light one up when I am prepared to deal with their intense strength.
5 out of 5
If you haven't tried these, you're insane!
What a well constructed cigar! I don't have to worry about dropping the ash off this cigar on myself because it just doesn't fall off until you're almost done. Once your lips cool off get ready for a solid, bold, and insanely consistent smoke. This is my new favorite smoke. After tasing this, I just can't smoke anything else. It kinda ruined cigars for me because now nothing else compares. If you want to enjoy various cigars, don't buy this because once you try it, you won't want to smoke anything else. (Assuming you can handle smoking this little nuclear bomb of a cigar)
4 out of 5
Great cigar strong and tasty
Great cigar strong and tasty
5 out of 5
Cu-Avana Punisher
I like it a lot
5 out of 5
Best Stick
These are by far my favorite stick, been smoking them for years now. Always try to keep a few on reserve. Nothing else I've found has such a full body along with that spicy kick.
5 out of 5
Love the PVNISHERS!!!!
4 out of 5
Very good has a bite
Very good has a bite to them
2 out of 5
Long time fan, but this last batch had none of the kick I am used to from past smokes. The peppery feeling when lighting up was there.. But faded fast, no staying power, so without that unique feature you are left with a boring ,quite mediocre smoke
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Not an every day stick for me but great for change or as the second smoke of a longer evening. Love the bite of the initial spice as it then settles into slow full bodied smoke
3 out of 5
A little misleading...
While the wrapper promises the spice , the blend is a little towards sweet and mild. Even after finishing it, you still feel the need for a smoke that’s a little more in the body department. Construction is good, but there just seems to be a disconnect between spice of wrapper and strength of filler. To be honest the original punishers were fuller bodied and these reproductions aren’t made with the same tobaccos. The Plasencia’s make good cigars, but these just fall short of there usual offerings.
4 out of 5
The punished
Don't let the name or reviews scare you away from this cigar. If you're a fan of full bodied cigars like I am you'll love this cigar. The wrapper does carry a mild burn on the first contact but don't let that fool you. Great flavor profile through out the burn from start to finish. Always a fave for me.
5 out of 5
I've Been Punished
It took 10 minutes for my lips to stop tingling. After that, I settled into a very strong smoke with lots of spice. An excellent cigar for people who love a full body cigar.
4 out of 5
It's a punisher.
The first 10 minutes is like smoking a jalapeno. After that, it settles down to a fairly mild cigar.
5 out of 5
Punch me in the mouth
fantastic cigar. wakes me right up at first few puffs with a smack of pepper then eases back into the Cu-Avana of old (Intenso anyone?)
5 out of 5
Definitely not for beginners! My go-to hour and a half long-ash cigar. Buckle-up before you light it!
4 out of 5
Cu-Avana Punisher Toro
I like these cigars, but they are not for everybody. Very strong, a nice smoke, if that's what you want. They taste as though they are dipped in cayenne. This spiciness can be an annoyance, if you're not ready for it. It dissipates in a few minutes, and the remainder of the smoke is quite rewarding.
5 out of 5
Hot and spicy. Definitely different.
Hot and spicy. Definitely different.
3 out of 5
Punisher, for the first few minutes..
So much spice off the cold draw and first 10 or so minutes but after turns into a surprisingly good smoke. I actually enjoyed the spice but some may find it over powering, my friend asked me if it had been dipped in jalapenos! :)
5 out of 5
Be ready for the heat!
I've had these many times before and again was not let down. The pepper almost overwhelms you but if you can last through the first half you'll be well rewarded.
4 out of 5
lip burner
These burn your lips most of the stick due 2 being dipped in some hot substance,but overall it is still a good smoke if you can tolerate the small fire on your lips
5 out of 5
"That's a sum a speecy spicy ceegar"
I am a regular cigar smoker. I like stronger cigars. This one caught me by surprise.
5 out of 5
Excellent smoke
This will spice up your day really good. You can smell the pepper before lighting up. Your lips will burn to the halfway point. Lol. The smoke is really pleasant. Good burn and keeps a nice long ash. Taste is very smooth. Will buy more
5 out of 5
Hot like fire . i Loved it .
I wish I had stoked up more! Punish your palate if you are not ready for it !!
4 out of 5
Spicy and Smooth
great taste and spice, very smooth but a bad burn on most in the pack of 10.
1 out of 5
I’ve had the punisher in the past and I loved it. It was spicey and flavorful. I haven’t bought any since 2013. I’ve been waiting the last three months for the punisher to be back in stock. This batch of punishers that I just ordered is like like fruit stripes gum. Good flavor for all of 30 seconds and then just bland and annoying afterwards. I am so disappointed.
5 out of 5
Absolutely love the punisher cigars.
Absolutely love the punisher cigars. If you like to spice up your life, that's the way to do it!
5 out of 5
Awesome is all i can say!!!!!
As always from CI top quality an shipping...the punisher is incredible from start to finish!!!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
This cigar was a experience. I m new to the cigar world and was suggested this cigar by a friend when we got to discussing spicy food. The cigar has a great spicy taste with good burn to it. I would definitely suggest this to any level of cigar smoker new to experienced as long as you enjoy spicy or heavy flavor notes.
5 out of 5
The best
Not just spicy, nothing short of awesome!
Customer Testimonials
Got 4 of the Punisher Torpedo in a sampler three years ago. Smoking the third after 3 years of aging, paired it with a chocolate hazelnut cup of coffee. Perfect. The mix of spicy vs sweet confuses the crap out of the palate. Definitely one of my favorites. Will be lighting the 4th one up soon. 3 years is plenty old!
To be honest I am going to say it was just okay! I watched and read reviews before buying a box of Punishers and got pretty excited. They arrived and I had one right out of the box. It was a very one dimensional smoke which I expected. The construction was good and the burn line was spot on. The only thing missing was the pepper or spice or whatever everyone else was raving about. I've had 3 of these so far and I'm not as impressed as I'd hoped I would be. The only thing that got punished was my expectations....
BP of Neosho Rapids, KS
Probably couldn't have one of these every day, but this has become my favorite harsh cigar on the market. Incredibly unique and such a consistent draw! I'd recommend having at least one drink before smoking this masterpiece. You're going to need to take a seat.
DR of Plainfield, NJ
It rocked with nothing held back. A good brother of mine gave me this cigar to try. I have to say, I was impressed immensely.
DW of Arab, AL
I was given one by a friend and bought a box. It was an awesome smoke....If you don't care for heat, trust me suffer through the first 5-10min and I will promise you a top ten smoke.
GK of Vanceburg, KY
You've probably tried all the other "full bodied" cigars. Maybe you were left yearning for more. You probably won't like this cigar. With a spicyness that will make you feel like you've filled your mouth with fresh ground black pepper, it will burn your lips, your mouth and your stomach. This is the cigar version of Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes. You will feel pain. And you will probably love it. Hands down, my favorite.
JV of New Hartford, CT
I was introduced to pvnisher by an Army buddy. My first stick really rocked, lived up to the hype and more. I've taken to these like a duck to water. I have however found a few of my hundred or so pvnishers to be rather mild. Could be that particular leaf was a wimp, could be how it was kept prior to me getting my digits on it. I will say, every pvnisher I get out of a sealed box, seems to be what it is supposed to be. So my mind says that the ones I have bought onesie and twosie, may be the ones that don't kick me like they should. If you have tried them and like them, don't be cheap, buy the whole damn box!
TO of Garrettsville, OH
I'm a full bodied freak and was blown away by this cigar. The reviews, eh, in my opinion are a bit over the top. Yes, the spice grabs you even before lighting and yes the lips continue to burn until I got 2/3 of the way down. But what I recognized was that the heavy spice was just for openers. The cigar then opened up to a full bodied cigar the kept this full bodied freak happy. Mild cigar lovers need not apply. You will be disappointed and might even feel that physical harm has come to you. No, I do not smoke them everyday, but it is a regular in my rotation. This is truly a unique cigar worthy of the price.
SS of Chapin, SC
I now know what it is to smoke a jalapeno. This shorty rocks, will always have a few in the humi.
I read a ton of reviews and smoke a lot of cigars. Rarely does anything below a medium strength stick enter my rotation. I love a Camacho Corojo with my morning coffee. There is a descriptor used in many reviews that gets thrown around way too willy-nilly. Pepper Bomb. I see that used in far too many reviews. To truly understand what Pepper Bomb means, you must first smoke a Punisher. This stick is a tongue coating, lip tingling Pepper Bomb. I relished every puff, and will be keeping these stocked. As an addendum, if you are a regular smoker of Cu Avana connecticuts or maduros and are thinking about trying stronger and fuller flavored sticks, I strongly suggest Punisher NOT be your first step up. It would be akin to going from a Coors Light to shots of Everclear.
SJ of York, NE
Yes, I was hoping after a month or so of humidor seasoning the habanero on the wrapper would be even more pronounced. Expected it to burn the flesh off my skull starting at the lips. Alas, they simply mellowed, and in some regards got even more refined. Glorious.
RS of Dallas, TX
Once you realize its a cigar in your mouth and not a friggin' jalapeño and all sense of feeling has returned to your lips, its a really tasty cigar!
Honestly, Id put this cigar in the same category as the Camacho triple maduro as far as flavor and spiciness. The 601 La Bomba is by far the strongest cigar Ive ever encountered. Granted, the time span between smoking each of these 3 cigars was months apart from each other, my palate serves me well. Id put the Punisher at #2 on the list. Slightly stronger that the Camacho triple maduro. The true test may be to smoke all 3 on the same day. Now thats punishment!
JC of Lakewood, NY
I love hot, spicy food, I love cigars, and I especially love the Punisher by Cu-Avana. As mentioned before, these are not for the faint of heart. If you can withstand the peppery wrapper (a pleasure to me), the smoke is truly full bodied, but not harsh. Don't waste them on newbies or moochers. If you have tried them and don't like 'em, send them to me. I'd smoke them daily if I could keep a stock of them.
SC of Wallingford, CT
This is a damn good cigar. Full body - not exceedingly so. I know it doesn't seem to be a popular sentiment, but this could be an awesome every day smoke
Incredible peppery surprise from the first puff. After twenty seconds I convinced myself I wasn't smoking something created to tear the lips off me. It suddenly smooths out into a creamy enjoyable smoke. Much like surviving gunfire to earn this excellent smoke. Will buy again.
HS of Pierre, SD
Plain and simple. One of my favorites cigar. Strong flavorful and powerful.
this cigar is very strong.this cigar is best smoked after a meal.or smoke at a casino. not reconmended for begginners
You guys are such sissies, and the retail description is also blown WAY out of proportion!!! THIS THING IS NOT THAT HOT!!!! Think Frank's Red Hot! Nowhere near cayenne powder, or even a jalapeño! From the reviews and discription you'd think this was going to be like Habanero, or even Serrano hot, but it's not..... It's a very very mild Capsicum infused ligero cigar. Excellent and enjoyable smoke, but NOWHERE NEAR the spiciness that the hype labels it.
PM of Jersey City, NJ
....It's not that it was a bad cigar. In fact, it was pretty good, but it certainly did not come anywhere close to living up to the hype of the description and reviews. It had a.... twinge of hotness for about the first 10 minutes. Once that hotness wore off, you have a medium bodied cigar with no flavors that would knock your socks off. If you are the type of person who goes running for the Tums if you just look at black pepper, then maybe this cigar would be too much. But if you are ok with a little flavor, this cigar might not meet your expectations.
JV of Cordova, TN
Oh ya, so I finally got a chance to light up this bad boy, I read all the reviews and bought a 10 pack with CI. I've never had this one before so I did not know what to expect, and I was thinking here comes the MMA baby, who is going to get submitted, me or this Cu-Avana red hot pepper. I love this smoke. 1 1/2 hours into it, I gave it a double leg take down and the Punisher tapped out. I love full body sticks and this one is a one of kind for me. Also, I was able to hold this one in my mouth no problem. It was hot, but I love it. I will smoke many more of these babies. Thank you CI, I love you guys....
I got four of these with the Full-Bodied Frenzy II Sampler. Out of the five cigars in the sampler this is the only one I had never smoked, so I decided to check out some of the reviews before trying it. I have to admit that after reading the reviews, I was a bit skittish about smoking this cigar. However after smoking one today, I'm glad I did. True to the reviews, there was a lot of spice, but I didn't find it to be overwhelming. I also didn't detect a lot of pepper, which I'm not a big fan of, so I was pleasantly surprised. The pre-smoke draw left a tingle of spice on the tongue and after I lit her up there was quite a bit of spice on the lips. About a third of the way through, the spice on the lips subsided. The taste was different and very good. Maybe the bowl of hot jambalaya I had for lunch helped. I would concur with others, if you like a full-bodied cigar, definitely give this one a go.
Man, I loved these smokes...laughed at my friends as I watched their reaction as they put their lips to it...but over the last few months, the once feared spice seems to be toned down a bit...anyone else experience the same?
BR of Milford, CT
The first time I bought one of these was after telling the clerk that I liked spicy cigars! To this day I'm not sure if he was being sincere or if he'd had a bad day and chose to "punish" lil' ol' unsuspecting me! The first hit off that cigar was reminiscent of the day I tried XXX horseradish on a dare...the term "infernal bitch-slap" comes to mind! Three minutes into that stick my lips were ablaze, I was ready to stub it and give that clerk an earful. Then a funny thing happened, the cayenne mega-storm eased into something sweet, robust, flavorful...a smoke with hints of spice, molasses, maybe chocolate too? I'm not sure who's warped mind claims creator, but I'm thankful I gave it a full run before I jettisoned it into oblivion. For certain it ain't for the faint of heart, but for those adventuresome lads and lasses who don't mind a couple of minutes of unadulterated heat, you'll find this cigar transitions into something memorable...All hail the Punisher!
JG of Brackney, PA
Some like it hot. I sure do, this was the craziest cigar I've ever tried and I have to say I loved it! I've tried the regular Intenso and found it to be 'aight'. I'm fairly certain that besides the spice on the wrapper the blend has been tweaked as well. Once you get past the initial burning of your lips the flavors come in rich and thick. Not an everyday cigar by any means. Actually a good cigar to keep moochers from ever asking for a cigar from you again! But too good to waste on a mooch. Please sir, may I have another?!
JC of Anaheim, CA
After the first five seconds, I began to realize the burning sensation was not part of my imagination. I set the smoke down and stared at it, confused. I began to wonder who I could have upset enough to make them sabotage my cigars with whatever was burning my lips. My mind raced through stories of the CIA trying to kill Castro with poisoned or exploding cigars. Now burning, what next? Would my cigar explode? So, I looked it up online and found out that it's all what is supposed to happen... no guilty party to be identified. Silly personal story aside, what a great cigar! Yes, the burning sensation was way too hot to be enjoyable, but once you got past it the cigar was awesome. Tons leathery ligero smoke and very complex and full bodied. This level of flavor is exactly what I was looking for, but next time I won't go through the pain to get it. Punisher would do well to have a non-burn-your-lips brand.
DT of San Antonio, TX
Have to say I love a cigar with some flavor, but the tongue and lip burning sensation is not what I was looking for. Once that dissipates it isn't a bad smoke, but it does hinder the other flavors. May try again now knowing about the burn.
JK of Pooler, GA
I just wanted to post for those reading that these cigars are not infused or dipped with pepper oil like others have posted. The spice on your lips is from the strong ligero tobacco used to create this cigar. For those of you who love strong lingero laced cigars and can handle the spice this cigar is for you. All mild cigar fans run away quickly. I love this cigar maybe becasue I love hot wings that nobody can handle the best part is by the end I cant feel my lips and that how it is with the punisher. This cigar does lighten up as it burns so if you spark one up and it gets a little hot keep going it get easier and the smoke will become very flavorable with hints of chocolate and espresso. Great burn, great smoke.
MS of Rome, NY
HOOOOO!!! I like 'em spicy...if you don't, then you better turn back now. However if you're the slightest bit curious then i suggest you jump right in and prepare for spicy tornado. I found a magnificent way to enjoy and tame this beast of a cigar. Dipping the tip in a nice red wine, or even better, a port wine makes this cigar come alive like you never thought possible. This will slightly calm the pepper oil infused tip and add a nice spice to your wine. Give this combo a whirl, you won't be sorry. I'll always keep this on hand to enjoy myself and to laugh at newbies when they come mooching.
DH of Lexington Park, MD
I posted the first review on this smoke, but had to check to see what others are posting, and I am over here dying with laughter. I had the nerve to try and light one up tonight, still could not get past the very strong pepper AKA hot wing eating contest feel of the smoke. I keep my humidor pretty full at all times, but I will reserve this one for those who like to help themselves to my smokes who are not true aficionados. Smoke on my friends, smoke on.
VR of Suffolk, VA
I never met a cigar that kicked my ass...well I just did with the Punisher OMG.. was this thing rubbed in habenero peppers? This smoke is spicy beyond belief. I took 4 puffs and I was done ..lips are burning as I type. Just when I thought the CAO Sapprano was a beast...boy was I wrong. If u like it hot, this is for you. wOW!!!
VR of Suffolk, VA
It is what it is. A real Punisher ! If you cant take the heat get out while you can. Although it had some wrapper problems. Some like it hot. Not for me full time. Real lip burner.
TM of Waretown, NJ
One of the best smokes I've ever had!! Spicy and sweet at the same time. Perfect burn, did not require any maintenance. I'll buy many more, when their back in stock that is.
RJ of Joppa, MD
Agreed....Great Cigar when you really need a stress reliever. Not an everyday smoke. But if you enjoy spicey food, sharp cheese, good red wine, chilled top shelf vodka, or Don Julio Anejo Tequila.... enjoy it goes well with all of them. If you don't enjoy any of these with your smoke...this is not a cigar for you.
TS of Conshohocken, PA
They weren't kidding about the lips burning--it felt like a hot-wing eating contest. They've actually infused or coated hot pepper oil into the tip of this cigar, it will start burning your lips before you light it! I found this to be disappointing, a real gimmick. On the other hand, if you can stand the heat until it begins to wear off you'll find that the cigar is otherwise beautifully made, solid, easy drawing, and actually quite tasty if you can get around the pepper. I'd love to try this stick without the pepper oils so I could completely judge it on it's flavor, but it's really hard to get past the "hot wing eating contest".
BS of Shelby Gap, KY
I took this smoke with me to the golf course having not read the fan mail before I grabbed it, as I had gotten it in the "12 Angrier Men" sample pack. All I can say is luckily I carry a herf-a-dor with 5 smokes in it. Had it not came from CI I would have said this is a gag gift cigar, it reminds me of wing restaurant that have the "triple atomic nuclear" wings. But I guess there are people out there who eat those wings and would smoke this cigar. But if I ever go to a bachelor party I will take 1 one these babies to give away and laugh at the drunk idiot who tries to smoke it.
MB of Johnson City, TN
Like another reviewer, I got this in a sampler. I must say at first I thought I had a split lip with the way it burned. I am an avid Cain smoker, and a Cain F is not unheard of as a morning time smoke for me. This is definitely right up there in strength and flavor. The only thing I have had that came remotely close to this spicy is an El Rico Habano, and that was when I was relatively new to cigars. Macanudo lovers steer clear of this thing, if you want intensity however, give it a shot.
TH of Apo, AE
I received one of these in the "12 Angrier Men" sampler. The description C.I. gives says, "The lips will burn. The head will swim. The tummy will ache. The eyes will warm. Sweat will collect. The heat will render you prone." The only one I actually experienced was the burning lips. I guess as a gimmick they've treated the tip with pepper juice, that's the only reason I can figure that a cigar would burn your lips before you even light it. It really is as if you've just bitten into a really hot buffalo wing. Once you get past that, the cigar itself just doesn't seem as powerful as the description would leave you to believe. Overall, it's beautifully constructed and smokes well. The cigar actually tastes great once you get past the burning lips, I'd be happy to try more if they did away with the pepper juice treatment. But when I want wings I want wings, and when I want a cigar...
BS of Shelby Gap, KY
All I can say is Oh Yes! Now that is a Cigar! If you like Thai Food! Something like Som-Tohm! Spicy papaya salad! You will like this! Yum! There is nothing like it! I enjoyed this with a couple of glasses of Bushmills Black Bush! Happy New Year!
RJ of Boynton Beach, FL
My buddy really likes these so I figured I'd try one. Right from the get-go, I didn't care for it. I wet the head to prep it for the cut and felt like I had bitten into a hot wing. It really feels like they soak the head in jalapeno juice. The first 10-15 minutes of smoking the cigar was like this. Mouth watering. Lips and tongue burning. I really like to smoke cigars with flavor and like to be able to taste it. This one is just not for me.
ST of Fpo, AP
Easily the spiciest cigar I've smoked. Like rubbing habanero sauce on your lips and toungue. It mellows out about 2 inches in but remains full bodied throughout. Not for anyone who is not an adventurous 'gar lover.
TB of Greensburg, PA
Got chapped lips? This stick will burn the chap right off them. WOW was not ready for this one! Managed to smoke it all. Great cigar! Lips and tongue are healed up pretty good.
JC of Bentonville, AR
You should recieve and award for finishing this stick! I started smoking about a year ago when i got to Afghanistan, and just bought the 12 angrier men sampler. Gave the Pvnisher a go and WOW. I have a complete body buzz now, and my lips still feel like i put the cigar out on them! I have another one of these waiting for me at home, and cant wait for round two!
MG of Uhrichsville, OH
If your are a cigar smoking masochist, this may be the right stick for you. It provides an intense, lingering burn on the lips that is WAY beyond pleasure. It was more like rubbing your lips on the seeds of a ghost pepper. My lips were on fire at the prelight, yet I tried firing it up, anyway, and the burn got even worse. Maybe 3 draws into it, I had to get rid of it while I could still try and speak. It took about 30 minutes for my lips to stop burning so as to enjoy my next stick. I offered one to a workmate that will munch on habanero chili peppers, and he made it to about 6 draws before abandoning it, as well. It earns it's name... "Punisher"
GH of Douglassville, PA
I really liked this cigar. Obviously not your everyday smoke, but a nice treat for one of those Marquis de Sade moods. Pvnisher is to cigars, as ghost peppers are to Mexican food or as Charlie Sheen is to hedonism. A fun, over the top stogie.
JE of Universal City, TX
OUCH!!!!!! I have been Pvnished. Who has attempted to herf the awsome pvnisher????? I am in HOT and SMOKEY HEAVEN!!!! It's kicking my %&$!
JS of Coatesville, PA
*Warning* Warning* -Danger to battle fleet- Danger to battle fleet-...Im not going to describe the way this cigar taste but rather the way this thing kicks your senses in the private parts.Be sure and wear a helmet in case you pass out from the heat.Spicy for this cigar in an understatement and it should be described as "nuclear". Im ready to try the other one i got in my sampler but will need a couple of days to recover. BE READY!!!!
BH of Moore, OK
Just finished my first Punisher, and holy crap talk about on fire. After reading about the punisher i bought a sampler that had 6 punishers in it, so after a full meal on the belly I started out very very slow. First I licked the end cap for about 10 min to get used to numbing burn then lit this thing up, and like the one reviewer said try to stick with it because it does tone down a lot and settle in; glad i did because this is a really good cigar, you get the spice the whole way down to the nub gonna try a box when these are gone. This is a cigar you try from time to time not for everyday smoking. Happy trails
HH of Stuart, FL
Hot and peppery from the start. Will slowly subside about 3/4 of the way down. Wow, like smoking a Habenaro. My mouth and lips burned with every puff. Have plenty of liquids available to sooth your burning mouth. Definitely a smoke for the seasoned veteran, which I'm not. But am doing my best to become just that.
SS of Meridian, ID
I'm sorry, gotta call it like it is. This cigar is obnoxiously spicy, and in my opinion, nasty. Not peppery, but habanero spicy. You can't even keep this cigar on your lips. I tried to wait out the fury but it (the spice) only slightly subsided, and I did stick with it until the end. Never again. There are too many great smokes out there that are full bodied and full flavored. This does not taste as if it were "naturally occuring". I eat and grow habaneros, but I don't wanna smoke them. Save your money and get a Cain, Diesel or Man O' War Ruination and enjoy what "full" should mean in a cigar.
DV of Middle Village, NY
Once you get past the initial shock of lighting this thing up, the Punisher turns into a very rich enjoyable smoke. Do not ditch it, endure the pain and you will be rewarded. I wonder if the habaneros are grown right at the factory?
GH of Chicago, IL
I've grown up eating hot spicy foods from every country around the world,,,, take heed, Punisher will live up to its name. The smoke is great, smooth full bodied all the way, but this baby is like sucking on a Habanaro pepper, sets your lips on fire, lava on the tongue and acid down the throat until you learn this is not a cigar to clamp in your teeth and chew the end while smoking it. No sir, great smoke, love it, just don't chew the end, you've been warned.
JD of Wichita, KS
One hell of a cigar! I'm a hot sauce fanatic and as far as cigars go, the stronger the better. It's hard to believe that this much spiciness is naturally occurring in the wrapper on the Punisher. I've never had a hot sauce make my lips tingle like this cigar did. That being said, after a few minutes the spiciness tones down and this turns into a fine cigar that is very strong but smooth and not over powering. Excellent construction with a good draw and even burn with an excellent taste. Only have two left so I'm looking for the next special to restock. As the description says, not for everyone but a must try for anyone who prefers stronger cigars.
GC of Adger, AL
I am not much of a writer but I do love my smokes. So that being said I don't know if this was going to by a good idea to smoke the punisher, but once I got my courage up I lit up and as everyone says WOW. Someone call the fire dept! It surprised me, I think its a great cigar so much that I am about to buy another box of them now. Everyone enjoy yours and if you haven't tried them- what are you waiting on? You're scared aren't ya?
DF of Martinsburg, WV
My stogie-fiend buddy and I got a couple Punishers each and on purpose read no reviews so there were no preconceived notions. It was early morning, spicy bloody Marys in hand (Franks Xtra hot) to kick them up a notch. We torched up the Punishers and found they were evil to the core. With our lips ablaze, nostrils filled with spice and tongue coated with rich earthy flavors we forged ahead in amazement. Truly a beast of a cigar, the Punisher lives up to it's name.
RH of Okanogan, WA
After licking the wrapper before cutting I thought my lips were going to burn off my face. First I thought it was from the onions I had before smoking, but then realized the wrapper must have been grown in hell, it was that hot! I quickly got on here and read the fan mail and decided to stick with it. After about the first inch the burning goes away and it develops into a nice smoke. If you have one lit, stay with it. I smoke almost exclusively full bodied smokes, but this takes the cake. I'll have another, but not this week.
CB of Toledo, OH
The description is accurate: if you don't like strong cigars, DON'T GO HERE! This is the strongest cigar I've smoked in years and is easily in my top 3 most powerful. If you like REALLY strong cigars, and can get past the feeling that someone just painted your lips with habanero seeds, then this is a very nice cigar!
JS of Fairfax, VT
This is a great cigar. Though, not an every day smoke. For those new to this cigar hang in there because it is worth it; excellent and smooth. Enjoy!
JH of Charlestown, IN
Holy Smokes, what a cigar. I swear I felt my lips SIZZLE! Did they dip this thing in habanero sauce. Yum, yum, give me another, please.
OE of Loudon, TN
Wow! This is an ass kicker of a cigar and a very good ass kicker at that. Forget everything you thought you knew about full bodied cigars. This is not a cigar you will have hanging out of your mouth or smoke fast. Very spicy indeed. I'm an experienced cigar smoker. I've laughed watching buddies turn white and break into a sweat while sharing full a bodied cigar, but this baby made me downright woozy toward the last half. The cool thing is it is a very tasty, well made cigar. After the first third either the spice settled down or I got accustomed to it. My lips stopped burning and it became very rich and enjoyable. The Cu-Avana Punisher is an experience for only the experienced cigar smoker. It's a go big or go home kind of cigar. Macanudo smokers need not apply unless you want to end up in the fetal position.
JS of Fleetwood, PA
I got two of these Punisher cigars as the Cigar Of THe Month last month. HOT?? These things burn your lips the second they hit em!! Hot Tamales they are. Taste pretty dang good also. I'm toying with the idea of buying a box of them since they are 50% off. Won't smoke em often though, thats for sure. My lips would never forgive me. ;-)
RH of Midwest City, OK
If you can get past holding it in your mouth, this is a one of kind cigar. The outter leaf is so hot to the taste, that you feel like your lips are going to blister. The description written by CI is all true, and then some. If you are not a person who likes cigars full in body, mutiplied by 10, stay away from this one. However, if your up for a challenge this would be the cigar I dare you to try.
DM of Taylor, MI
Hot lips here I come!! I thought it was just a fluke when I licked it to stop runs, but nooooo it burned right on through to the flavor and full body you can enjoy(once over burned lips:) Thank you sir, I'll have another!!
TA of Mabank, TX
To those who wrote reviews prior to this one; I salute you. I have wanted to try this cigar ever since the great description written concerning what you would be smoking. BELIEVE EVERY WORD OF IT! After make the first light to get the juices going, I then put it in my mouth to make the final light. BAB! The outer leaf on this cigar was like being soaked in Texas Hot Pete, or a higher hot sauce. My lips started burning so badly, it was if you had them with the hottest pepper made. The smoke from the cigar was not a problem, and nothing I couldn't handle, but the burn on my lips was so bad that I couldn't keep it in my mouth. I may have taken four draws before saying uncle. If I knew that the hot spice would end at some point, I would have stuck it out. As stated, I had no problem at all with the flavor of the smoke. I'm not going to give up on it, I haven't had a cigar yet that I couldn't handle. I'm not sure this is for people who like the strongest cigar they make. Had there been a way to keep the outher leaf from touching my lips I could have stuck with it. I put it back it the tube, then lit up a La Gloria R which was great. You can believe that I will try and smoke this cigar another time, plus there is one more that I have not opened. Not every person is going to like this cigar, and I'm not sure torture should be part of a smoking experience.
DM of Taylor, MI
A great cigar (Punisher) I truly enjoyed end to end!
LM of Winston Salem, NC
awsome smoke (Cu-Avana Pvnisher)
MD of Benton, IL
I thought it (Cu-Avana Punisher) was awesome.
AB of Jacksonville, FL
This is definitely an epic cigar (Pvnisher). Be forewarned the extra full description is very accurate!!!
CN of Huber Heights, OH
Unbelievable cigar not for the faint of heart. The name says it all. So complex for such a full bodied smoke. I cant wait to get more.
JR of Sycamore, IL
Wholly Kow! Jumpin' Jalepeno lips Batman, call an ambulance! This cigar pairs well with a CASE of Ice Cold stout beer. Aptly named cigar and I love it! Not for the weak of heart.
KC of Brandon, FL
completely agree with first review, this is a strong be honest im not a spicy anything kind of man, so after about 3 minutes of lighting this bad boy i wanted to throw it away because my lips were on, but i stuck it out and boy am i glad i did, its a amazing cigar, every puff i took kept feeling like it was my first never got boring or dull on me..there are cigars you only buy in singles, then theres cigars you stock up on in boxes, this is indeed that all you can and stick it out if its too spicy for'll be glad you did
TE of Skokie, IL
I thought I'd share my Punisher experience with everyone. Don't know if any of you have tried it, but it is by far the most full bodied smoke I have tried to date. It blows the Ruination, Series V, and Cains away in terms of strength. If you are a full bodied fan like me, you need to grab a few.
JS of Stamford, CT

Cu-Avana Punisher


If you’ve read my past reviews, which I expect you have since I have a cult following, you most likely remember my statement about being a “glorified cigar-smoking therapist.” Throughout several years of dealing with customers, male and female alike, I’m at the conclusion that men love to be punished.  Now before you go writing my boss emails of disagreement, please hear me out.

The majority of men that visit the CI Super-Store love to golf.  While very few have a low handicap, the majority of us Churchill-smoking golfers hack up the lush fairways of the Lehigh Valley and 4-putt our way to triple-bogeys or worse.  Though we normally enter the clubhouse frustrated, disappointed and dejected about our score, we continue to enjoy the game and find ourselves golfing multiple times throughout the week. 

Moreover, the majority of men I know love to gamble.  I could write a book on “bad beat” stories from the poker room, how many times the croupier hit “00” on the roulette wheel and the time that old Italian guy held the dice for an hour and a half while you were betting the “Don’t Pass” line.  I get it…you’re unlucky.  Yet I hear the same crap, just on different days, and the same guys are taking their Friday paycheck to the local gaming establishment.

Finally, my last example of men loving punishment:  Many of the men I know are married. And...yeah, I’m going to leave it at that.

My point: Men loved to be punished!  With this in mind, what better way to satisfy our self-chastising appetites than with a Cu-Avana Intenso Punisher.

Presentation wise, this cigar looks great in the cello.  It’s a well-crafted 6” X 52 torpedo with an appealing, oily brown wrapper.  The traditional Intenso band is proudly placed on the foot of the cigar with a black band toward the head of the cigar which reads, “Punisher,” a qualifying prerequisite to what you’re about to experience.

Before even lighting this baby, I pick up an interesting flavor on the tongue and lips - an invigorating spiciness from the wrapper. The blend itself contains a flavorful, spicy blend of well-aged Nicaraguan ligeros from Nestor Plasencia’s flourishing tobacco fields and aging rooms.

Let’s get to the point: This puro is starting off spicy.  However, along with the spiciness is a rich, tobacco core with a nice, chewy smoke that clings to the spicy pockets on the tongue.  I detect white pepper through the nose with an ever-so-slight sweetness from the tobacco.  Through the first few puffs, I’m fairly intrigued by the “Punisher” as it’s holding a grey ash, producing lots of smoke and has an easy draw.  My palate feels like I’m simply smoking a strong cigar after a zesty Mexican meal.

After about the first half-inch of this Nicaraguan beauty the slight burning sensation on my lips and tongue is subsiding and I’m really starting to pick up the flavor of the tobacco.  Moreover, the pepperiness through the nose has settled and I’m catching some sweet leathery notes on the palate.  Despite the excessive amounts of ligero in the blend, this is turning into a tasty yet balanced cigar.  If you’re looking to pair this cigar with a beverage, be a true man and punish yourself with some tequila. The temperature of coffee is too hot and doesn’t pair nicely with the “Punisher”.

I’m about at the halfway point and the strength that subsided earlier is picking up again.  My biggest customer, a 6’ 8” fellow who I appropriately nicknamed Tiny, tells me the “Punisher” put him down for the count.  I must have eaten my Wheaties this morning because I am enjoying this cigar immensely.  Quickly, the “Punisher” toned down for a few puffs after 3/4ths of the cigar then suddenly picked up again for the finish.  The final puffs of this cigar turned out flavorful and pleasing.

I can’t figure out if this punished my palate or my psyche.  The cigar delivers what you expect in a sense, but completely surprises you in other areas.  Last time I spoke with Nestor we were traveling in his car to his Ocotal factory in Nicaragua (sorry, just giving myself some street cred) and he asked me how I liked the “Punisher” with an impish, almost guilty grin.  I gave him the same story I’m giving you, “Men love to be punished.  It certainly does just that.”

My synopsis is as follows: This is a completely unique, spicy and original cigar.  I’m not recommending it for the faint of heart…if you like 5 Vegas Gold, Rocky Connecticut, and Graycliff G2, stay far away!  Don’t even look at this thing for it could potentially burn your retinas.  However, if you’re a Joya de Nicaragua or Cain guy, give the “Punisher” a shot. 

Expert advice for the day: “If you’re granted 3 wishes, your first wish should be more wishes.”