Best Bargain Cigars of 2012


Shelling out big bucks for a premium cigar can yield some delicious results, but this year’s Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider tastings have proven that a great smoke doesn’t have to empty your wallet. Our bargain buys list includes every cigar from the last year with scores of 88 points and up and suggested retail prices no greater than $6. Bargain debuts this year included choices from Brick House, C & C, CLE, not one but two Room 101 lines and Wicked Indie. And rounding out the list are familiar favorites such as Arturo Fuente, Cuba Aliados, Macanudo, Padrón and Tatuaje.
93 points
Cuba Aliados Capa Habano Cabinet Reserve Robusto
Honduras • 5" by 50 ring • $6.00
92 points
Cuba Aliados Capa Habano Cabinet Reserve Torpedo
Honduras • 6" by 52 ring • $6.00
El Baton Belicoso
Nicaragua • 5" by 56 ring • $5.95
91 points
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Queen “B”
Dom. Rep. • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $5.75
Asylum Premium 2012 Vintage 44x4
Nicaragua • 4" by 44 ring • $4.40
Brick House Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 52 ring • $5.25
91 points (cont.)
H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/8" by 52 ring • $5.75
Macanudo Crü Royale Poco Gordo
Dom. Rep. • 4" by 60 ring • $4.99
Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita
Honduras • 4 1/2" by 52 ring • $4.79
Rafael Gonzalez Perla
Cuba • 4" by 40 ring • €2.30
90 points
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown Cuban Belicoso
Dom. Rep. • 5 3/4" by 52 ring • $5.90
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/2" by 50 ring • $4.55
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro
Dom. Rep. • 4" by 49 ring • $5.45
Asylum Premium 2012 Vintage 50x6
Nicaragua • 6" by 50 ring • $5.60
90 Points (cont.)
Brick House Corona Larga
Nicaragua • 6 1/4" by 46 ring • $4.75
C.A.O. La Traviata Luminoso
Nicaragua • 4 1/2" by 50 ring • $5.10
C & C Corojo Churchill
Dom. Rep. • 7" by 50 ring • $4.59
Estilo Cubano Robusto Gordo
Honduras • 4 3/4" by 52 ring • $5.35
J. Fuego Sangre De Toro Robusto
Nicaragua • 4 7/8" by 49 ring •$5.95
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero DL-452
Dom. Rep. • 4" by 52 ring • $4.90
La Flor De Gonzalez 90 Miles Robusto
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 50 ring • $5.50
Nub Cameroon 460
Nicaragua • 4" by 60 ring • $5.77
Room 101 San Andres 213
Honduras • 5 1/2" by 44 ring • $5.50
90 Points (cont.)
Thunder By Nimish Torpedo
Nicaragua • 6 1/4" by 52 ring • $5.95
Wicked Indie Robusto
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $4.79
89 points
Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Torpedo
Honduras • 6 1/8" by 52 ring • $5.00
Guy Buscema Calvisson, Gard, France, May 16, 2013 3:04pm ET
OH really, just one Cuban on your list ,? Who
are you kidding ? The whole list Is B.S..
David Savona May 17, 2013 3:16pm ET
This is a list based upon high scores plus low price--few Cubans meet the latter category.
Tyler Myroniuk Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 20, 2013 10:16pm ET
Great job this year on the list and the top 10 cigar videos for 2012!
I have to agree with Mr. Savona that the criteria for the "Best Bargain Cigars" is pretty clear.
Josh Clarke Orillia, ON, Canada, May 23, 2013 9:15pm ET
Great list, just picked up 5 of them and the two I have smoked so far have been very nice cigars. Although Guys comment is a little harsh, maybe a few more Cubans could have made the list. However, it seems like the whole list is based on cigars 6 dollars and under and my cuban purchases are usually 8 and up. 2 dollars can make a big difference in large boxes. Either way, great article, thank you!
Dennis Heger Grafton, MA, USA, June 19, 2013 2:54pm ET
In all fairness, Guy is from France and probably doesn't read english well. Either that, or he's just a troll.
Derek Wotton Deltona , Florida , July 14, 2013 7:48pm ET
Thank you for the list :-)
rosa98999@gmail.com July 21, 2013 1:40pm ET
Thanks for doing the all the work for me. Great job.
rosa98999@gmail.com July 21, 2013 1:40pm ET
Thanks for doing the all the work for me. Great job.
rosa98999@gmail.com July 21, 2013 1:41pm ET
Thanks for doing all the work for me. Job well done.
EARL HAMMONS GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, August 9, 2013 3:33pm ET
As neo-cigar smoker on a limited budget, thank you for the information!
David Savona August 9, 2013 3:35pm ET
Thank you all for reading, and we're happy to help. Helping cigar lovers find great smokes is what we're all about.
Patrick Hughes Belton, Texas, United States, August 16, 2013 4:31pm ET
Just loaded up on some of those Brick House Robustos....gret cigar for the money...great list.
EARL HAMMONS GLASGOW, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, October 7, 2013 2:29pm ET
Your advice on Uppmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso and Robusto was spot on; tried both and loved the flavor? Many thanks!
James Thompson Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States of America, November 15, 2013 5:32pm ET
For the price, the Rock-A-Feller Connecticut Robusto is outstanding. The Maduro's are great too!
trance_spinner2002@yahoo.com December 3, 2013 12:15am ET
The La Reloba is amazing!
trance_spinner2002@yahoo.com December 3, 2013 12:15am ET
The La Reloba is amazing!

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