Best Bargain Cigars of 2011


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

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