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Best Bargain Cigars of 2011

G. Clay Whittaker
Posted: January 10, 2012

A good cigar doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Cigar smokers want as much value for their dollar as anyone else, and there are fine smokes out there that won’t break the budget.

So with that in mind, we assembled a list of every cigar rated by Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider in 2011 that scored 88 points or more with a suggested retail price of no more than $6 per cigar.

This year’s Best Buy list includes great smokes from such big names as Arturo Fuente, Oliva, Padrón, Punch, Rocky Patel and Romeo y Julieta as well as smaller brands.

92 points

Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Sun Grown
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/4" by 47 ring • $5.55

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Machito
Nicaragua • 4 3/4" by 42 ring • $4.85

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

C.A.O. Lx2 Bam
Honduras • 4" by 45 ring • $4.75

91 points

E. P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Stellas
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/8" by 42 ring • $4.50

91 points

Gurkha Ninja Knife
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 55 ring • $5.26

Hoyo de Tradición Epicure
Honduras • 5 1/4" by 50 ring • $5.59

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

Master By Carlos Toraño Robusto   
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 ring • $5.60

Partagas No. 4
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 38 ring • $4.99

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Lancero
Honduras • 7" by 38 ring • $5.80

90 points

Alec Bradley Special Cabinet Reserve Corona   
Honduras • 5 1/2" by 42 ring • $5.50

Brick House Short Torpedo   
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $4.95

90 points

C.A.O. Brazilia Corcovado
Honduras • 4 1/4" by 60 ring • $5.95

C.A.O. La Traviata Radiante
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 ring • $5.35

E. P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Brilliantes
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $5.25

Gurkha Ninja Torpedo
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 52 ring • $5.96

La Aroma de Cuba Marquis
Nicaragua  • 5 3/4" by 48 ring • $6.00

Oliva Serie G Double Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 ring • $5.35

PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Maduro Toro   
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 52 ring • $5.85

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Exhibición No. 3
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 50 ring • $5.75

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto
Honduras • 5" by 54 ring • $5.75

90 points

Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte Cordoba
Honduras • 5 1/2" by 44 ring • $3.85

Savinelli Liga Especial Corona Gorda
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $5.00

Swag Fierce   
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/2" by 52 ring • $5.80

Swag Quickie
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/2" by 42 ring • $4.70

Swag Infamous
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 54 ring • $5.60

Thunder By Nimish Torpedo
Nicaragua • 6 1/4" by 54 ring • $5.95

89 points

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 ring • $4.50

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Torpedo
Nicaragua • 6 1/8" by 52 ring • $5.00

89 points

Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Fuente Sun Grown
Dom. Rep. • 6 3/4" by 50 ring • $5.80

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

Brick House Mighty Mighty
Nicaragua • 6" by 60 ring • $5.95

C.A.O. La Traviata Favorita
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $5.65

Cain Daytona 543
Nicaragua • 5" by 43 ring • $4.70

Casa Magna Colorado Pikito
Nicaragua • 4 3/4" by 42 ring • $5.15

Cusano 59 Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $4.93

Don Diego Fuerte By Omar Ortez Robusto   
Nicaragua • 4 3/4" by 54 ring • $5.50

Don Diego Fuerte By Omar Ortez Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 54 ring • $6.00

89 points

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

La Gloria Cubana Churchill
Dom. Rep. • 7" by 50 ring • $5.90

La Libertad Churchill
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/2" by 50 ring • $5.90

La Libertad Short Perfecto
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/4" by 54 ring • $5.50

Master By Carlos Toraño Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 50 ring • $5.80

Padrón Londres Maduro
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 42 ring • $2.90

Padrón 2000 Maduro
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 ring • $4.00

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

Perdomo Lot 23 Punta Gorda
Nicaragua • 5" by 60 ring • $4.90

89 points

Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro Gordito
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 60 ring • $4.70

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Cedros Deluxe No. 2
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/2" by 44 ring • $5.50

Swag Ego
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 60 ring • $5.92

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

Thunder By Nimish Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 ring • $5.75

88 points

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 48 ring • $5.00

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 50 ring • $4.75

Arturo Fuente Cañones
Dom. Rep. • 8 1/2" by 52 ring • $5.90

88 points

C.A.O. La Traviata Maduro Radiante
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 ring • $5.65

Don Pepin Garcia Imperiales
U.S.A. • 6 1/8" by 52 ring • $6.00

Gurkha Viper Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $5.36

Hoyo de Tradición Corona
Honduras • 5 3/4" by 45 ring • $5.59

La Aroma de Cuba Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 54 ring • $5.25

La Gloria Cubana Churchill Maduro
Dom. Rep. • 7" by 50 ring • $5.90

La Libertad Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 52 ring • $5.25

La Reloba Selección Sumatra Corona
Nicaragua • 5 5/8" by 46 ring • $4.50

Macanudo Crü Royale Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $5.79

88 points

Oliva Serie G Special G
Nicaragua • 3 3/4" by 48 ring • $3.50

Oliva Serie G Torpedo
Nicaragua • 6 1/2" by 52 ring • $4.75

PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Double Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/2" by 54 ring • $5.65

PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Maduro Corona
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/4" by 44 ring • $5.25

Punch London Club
Honduras • 5" by 40 ring • $2.45

Punch Rare Corojo Elite
Honduras • 5 1/4" by 45 ring • $3.49

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Corona
Honduras • 5 5/8" by 45 ring • $5.00

San Cristobal Elegancia Corona
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 46 ring • $5.95

Swag Lavish
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 54 ring • $5.10

88 points

Thunder By Nimish Robusto
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 54 ring • $5.50

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Rich Hudzinski — Coraopolis, Pa, U.S.,  —  March 15, 2012 12:33am ET

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