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

Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend Corona
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 42 ring • $4.20

Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend Torpedo
Nicaragua • 6 1/8" by 52 ring • $5.25

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

Brick House Robusto
Nicaragua • 5" by 50 ring • $4.95

CLE Corojo 2012 5 x 50
Honduras • 5" by 50 ring • $5.95

89 points (cont.)

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

Oliva Serie G Belicoso
Nicaragua • 5 1/2" by 52 ring • $4.80

Oliva Serie O Perfecto
Nicaragua • 6" by 55 ring • $5.60

Punch Pita EMS
Honduras • 6 1/8" by 50 ring • $5.59

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Exhibición No. 3
Dom. Rep. • 6" x 50 ring • $6.00

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

Room 101 Namakubi Papi Chulo
Honduras • 4" by 42 ring • $6.00

88 points

Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend Gordo
Nicaragua • 6" by 60 ring • $5.75

88 points (cont.)

Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 50 ring • $5.00

Arturo Fuente Spanish Lonsdale
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/2" by 42 ring • $4.45

Asylum Premium 2012 Vintage 54x6
Nicaragua • 6" by 54 ring • $6.00

Black Pedro Diablito
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $5.75

Brick House Churchill
Nicaragua • 7" by 50 ring • $5.75

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

C.A.O. OSA Sol Lot 50
Honduras • 5" by 50 ring • $5.75

CLE Corojo 2012 5 3/4 x 46
Honduras • 5 3/4" by 46 ring • $5.50

C & C Corojo Toro
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 52 ring • $4.29

88 points (cont.)

Illusione 68
Honduras • 4" by 44 ring • $5.00

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie No. 11
Nicaragua • 5 1/4" by 46 ring • $5.80

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

Marco V Platinum Reserve La Canela Triple Maduro Tight Pigtail Lancero
Dom. Rep. • 6 1/2" by 38 ring • $4.44

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

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

Padrón Ambassador Natural
Nicaragua • 6 7/8" by 42 ring • $4.50

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

Rock-A-Feller Connecticut Corona
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 43 ring • $5.70

88 points (cont.)

Rock-A-Feller Connecticut Robusto
Dom. Rep. • 5" by 50 ring • $5.90

Room 101 San Andres 305
Honduras • 5" by 50 ring • $6.00

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

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

Tatuaje Reserva Petit Cazadores
Nicaragua • 4" by 40 ring • $4.50

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

VegaFina Toro
Dom. Rep. • 6" by 50 ring • $5.75

Wicked Indie Toro
Nicaragua • 6" by 54 ring • $4.95

Winston Churchill Lancaster
Dom. Rep. • 4 1/2" by 46 ring • $5.75
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"The La Reloba is amazing! " —December 3, 2013 00:45 AM
"The La Reloba is amazing! " —December 3, 2013 00:45 AM
"For the price, the Rock-A-Feller Connecticut Robusto is outstanding. The Maduro's are great too!" —November 15, 2013 18:02 PM
"Your advice on Uppmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso and Robusto was spot on; tried both and loved the flavor? Many thanks! " —October 7, 2013 14:59 PM
"Just loaded up on some of those Brick House Robustos....gret cigar for the money...great list." —August 16, 2013 17:01 PM
"Thank you all for reading, and we're happy to help. Helping cigar lovers find great smokes is what we're all about. " —August 9, 2013 16:05 PM
"As neo-cigar smoker on a limited budget, thank you for the information! " —August 9, 2013 16:03 PM
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"Thanks for doing the all the work for me. Great job." —July 21, 2013 14:10 PM
"Thanks for doing the all the work for me. Great job." —July 21, 2013 14:10 PM
"Thank you for the list :-) " —July 14, 2013 20:18 PM
"In all fairness, Guy is from France and probably doesn't read english well. Either that, or he's just a troll." —June 19, 2013 15:24 PM
"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!" —May 23, 2013 21:45 PM
"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. " —May 20, 2013 22:46 PM
"This is a list based upon high scores plus low price--few Cubans meet the latter category. " —May 17, 2013 15:46 PM
"OH really, just one Cuban on your list ,? Who are you kidding ? The whole list Is B.S.." —May 16, 2013 15:34 PM