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Best Bargain Cigars of 2010

David Savona
Posted: January 7, 2011

Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially today. Cigarmakers from around the world are striving to release cigars with good quality as well as reasonable price tags.

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

Casa Fernandez Arsenio

 

Casa Fernandez Arsenio

Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Rosado
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 47 • $5.55


Brick House Corona Larga
Nicaragua • 6 1/4" by 46 • $4.75

Casa Fernandez Arsenio
Nicaragua • 5 1/4" by 54 • $5.50

89 points

Casa Magna Colorado Corona
Nicaragua • 6" by 46 • $5.95

Casa Magna Oscuro No. 4
Honduras • 5" by 44 • $5.85

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1952
Nicaragua • 4 1/4" by 40 • $4.00

Fogo Habano Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 • $5.30

La Escepción Batet
Honduras • 5" by 54 • $5.99

La Reloba Selección Habano Toro
Nicaragua • 6 1/4" by 52 • $6.00

Padilla Cazadores Robusto
Honduras • 5" by 50 • $5.12

Padrón Churchill
Nicaragua • 6 7/8" by 46 • $4.80

Punch Magnum
Honduras • 5 1/4" by 54 • $5.69

89 points

Quesada Tributo Alvarito
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/2" by 40 • $5.25

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Love Story
Honduras • 4 1/4" by 46 • $5.00

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Maduro Love Story
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/4" by 46 • $6.00

Swag Elite
Dom. Rep. • 7" by 38 • $5.40

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles

 

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles
Nicaragua • 4 5/8" by 42 • $5.50


Troya Clasico No. 54 Robusto Extra
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 • $6.00

88 points

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Maduro
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/2" by 50 • $4.55

88 points

Arturo Fuente Petit Corona
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 38 • $4.00

Aurora 107 Robusto
Dom. Rep • 4 1/2" by 50 • $6.00

Berger & Argenti Clasico Corona Gorda
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 46 • $4.50

Aurora 107 Robusto

 

Aurora 107 Robusto

C.A.O. La Traviata Maduro Divino
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 • $5.25


Fogo Habano 6 x 60
Nicaragua • 6" by 60 • $5.90

Fogo Habano Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 • $5.50

La Aroma de Cuba Belicoso
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 • $5.80

La Aroma de Cuba Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 50 • $6.00

88 points

La Reloba Selección Habano Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 • $5.60

Nestor Miranda 1989 Habano Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 • $5.00

Oliva Serie O Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 50 • $5.92

Oliva Serie O Corona
Nicaragua • 5" by 43 • $4.10

Origen Corona
Honduras • 5 1/2" by 46 • $5.90

Padilla Cazadores Torpedo
Honduras • 6 1/8" by 52 • $5.50

Padrón Churchill Maduro
Nicaragua • 6 7/8" by 46 • $4.80

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Petit Corona
Honduras • 4 1/2" by 44 • $5.95

Siglo Limited Reserve Siglo III
Nicaragua • 6 1/2" by 44 • $5.50

88 points

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu No. 5
Nicaragua • 4" by 40 • $4.25

Te-Amo World Selection Series Honduras Blend Gran Corto
Mexico • 4" by 62 • $4.75

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Comments   17 comment(s)

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

wtf?


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 factorydirectcigars.com. 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.


qball208@aol.com 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


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