Preview the NEW
Best Bargain Cigars of 2010

(continued from page 6)
If a cigar scores 88 points or more and has a suggested retail price of $6 or less, we call it a Best Buy. Some are made by familiar names such as Arturo Fuente, C.A.O., La Gloria Cubana, Oliva, Padrón and Rocky Patel.
93 points
C.A.O. La Traviata Divino
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 • $4.95
La Aroma de Cuba Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 • $5.25
Vallejuelo Robusto Gordo
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 54 • $5.00
92 points
Alec Bradley Family Blend D3
Honduras • 4 1/2" by 58 • $5.95
La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 3
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/2" by 56 • $5.75
Vallejuelo Gran Toro
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 54 • $6.00
91 points
C.A.O. La Traviata Favorita
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 • $5.65
C.A.O. Lx2 Bam
Honduras • 4" by 45 • $4.75
90 points
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente QueenB
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/2" by 51 • $5.75
C.A.O. Lx2 Bam


C.A.O. Lx2 Bam
Brick House Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 • $4.95

C.A.O. Brazilia Corcovado
Honduras • 4 1/4" by 60 • $5.95
C.A.O. Cameroon Napoleon
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 46 • $5.25
C.A.O. La Traviata Animado
Nicaragua • 5 5/8" by 46 • $4.95
90 points
C.A.O. La Traviata Intrepido
Nicaragua • 7" by 54 • $5.75
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Peligroso
Nicaragua • 5" by 44 • $5.75
La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial Minuto
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 42 • $6.00
Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona


Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona
La Aroma de Cuba Monarch
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 • $5.75

La Reloba Selección Habano Corona
Nicaragua • 5 5/8" by 46 • $4.50
Nestor Miranda 1989 Habano Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 50 • $5.00
Oliva Serie V Lancero
Nicaragua • 7" by 38 • $5.65
Padrón 2000
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 • $4.00
90 points
Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona
Honduras • 4 1/2" by 44 • $5.95
Troya Clasico No. 45 Cuban Corona
Nicaragua • 5 5/8" by 46 • $5.00
Troya Clasico No. 48 Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 48 • $6.00
89 points
Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Fuente Sun Grown
Dom. Rep. • 6 3/4" by 50 • $5.80
Lewis Lefevre January 7, 2011 10:59am ET
I am amazed that there is not one Perdomo or more Casa Magnas on this list. I agree very much with the CAO La Traviata's. I work at a Cigar lounge in Denver, CO and Casa Magnas are the best selling Cigar by far out of our humidor.
Matthew Ward January 7, 2011 2:54pm ET
I have never seen Nat Sherman listed anyplace in these articles?
They are a great smoke, always consistant even and a sweet finish.
Smoke and be well.
Andy Emrich Huntley, IL, January 8, 2011 12:34pm ET
If CA recognizes on line buys then Cuba Libre would make this list every year. 89/90 rating and a great great value from Nestor Plasencia.
Philip Clarkin Gerrards Cross, Bucks, United Kingdom, January 8, 2011 7:42pm ET
Now I know how Americans must feel, I can't get any of the cigars from the first 3 pages over here in the UK, all I seem to be able to get is bloody cubans!
Guy Buscema Calvisson, Gard, France, January 9, 2011 9:19am ET
Hi Philip Clarkin,

Don't feel so bad, you're not missing much, LOL
dean schanken cincinnatri, ohio, usa, January 11, 2011 9:08am ET
Norman Wilson Baltimore, Maryland, USA, January 16, 2011 11:21pm ET
Not a bad list at all for best bargains of the year. Got some pretty nice "smokes" on the list. Try a couple and enjoy!
M L Miles, Jr Mesquite, Texas, USA, January 21, 2011 11:42pm ET
Got to agree with Lewis on the omission of Perdomos from the list. Always a great smoke!

Long ashes to all.
Mike Boomer February 9, 2011 10:51am ET
What about Punch Magnum? Come on I'll put that cigar next to all of them. Best selling cigar in my shop...Under $5 bones...Duty Free(:
Alfred Billington Kirkland, WA, United States, February 19, 2011 7:33pm ET
I agree with Matthew regarding the Nat Sherman. A list of bargain cigars is not complete without at least one Nat Sherman.
Jeff Ruedy Sparta, WI, USA, May 16, 2011 11:33pm ET
make that 3 people in favor of the perdomos....nothing wrong with fuente curlyheads for $3.50 either.
Josef Engle Hampton, VA, United States, June 25, 2011 1:06am ET
For my Money the Padilla is a Gr8 Bargain smoke especially the Fumas ! I do one or two daily LOL

peace through superior cigars!
Mark Cederberg Gurnee, IL, USA, June 30, 2011 10:01am ET
My local tobacconist, Sam at Grayslake Tobacco, knows my preference for strong full-bodied, rich cigars. He suggested Vallejuelo. I was hesitant, but his suggestions have often proven to be right on. Well...he was right again! Vallejuelo looks like a Cuban-made cigar with the 3-seam cap and all. It also smoked like a Cuban! I've had Cuban Hoyos and Partagas this year and Vallejuelo was as good or better. Some of you won't believe me, so I suggest you try one for yourself and then provide your feedback here. Happy smoking and thanks Sam!
Carl Perez Cobleskill, NY, US, July 28, 2011 11:17pm ET
I tried a box of Vallejuelo as suggested by Mark Cederberg in post here. Wonderful cigars! I just got back from Toronto where you can buy the best Cubans for big $$$. I agree with Mark that the Vallejuelos (~$6) were as good or better than the pricey Cubans (e.g. Montecristo #2, Bolivar Fino, Partagas, etc.)...they were all about $30 US. I think I found a new favorite cigar at a great price. I purchased box of 20 Vallejuelo Gran Toro for $108 with free shipping at Do yourself a favor and try them!
Brian Spence Strongsville, Ohio, USA, October 5, 2011 7:45pm ET
Cuba Aliados Toro in maduro at about $2 and change is my favorite bargain cigar. Get them regularly from CI. December 1, 2011 4:11pm ET
Trying to purchase CAO La Traviata online, can't find them, anybody got a website for me?
David Cubeta June 3, 2013 12:49pm ET
No way the El Rey Del Mundo brand is not on EVERY persons list of go to,downright cheap every day cigars...I would put this cigar up against anything at even 3 x the price...I have smoked a ton of these and will boldly state that you could offer this cigar to anyone, and not feel embarrassed or ashamed...
In fact, I will often remove the labels, so as to not have the smoker distracted...Try it and you will be amazed at the favorable responses that almost everyone will confirm that they have a top quality product in their hands...Cheers...The Boston Bill Collector

Log in if you're already registered.

Or register for Cigar Aficionado today—it's free.

Registration allows you to:
  • Keep track of your favorite cigars in your personal humidor.
  • Comment on all our stories.

Forgot your password?

Ratings & Reviews

Search our database of more than 17,000 cigar tasting notes by score, brand, country, size, price range, year, wrapper and more, plus add your favorites to your Personal Humidor.