Best Buys of 2016

Life seems to get more and more expensive each year, so it’s comforting to know that you can still get a highly rated, handmade cigar for only a few bucks. In 2016, we rated nearly 50 smokes that scored 88 points or higher but cost $6 or less (before taxes). Our list includes offerings from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba—even two of our Top 25 cigars. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, with a considerable number of familiar brand names. And while some of these cigars are small, like the 4-inch-long Arturo Fuente Short Story, there are a few large Churchills that made the grade, two from Alec Bradley Cigars and one from Oliva Cigar Co. Cigar fans on a budget, take notice: affordable luxury is alive and well.

—David Clough

91

points

Brick House Corona Larga

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.55
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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91

points

Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.29
  • Size: Robusto
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91

points

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.60
  • Size: Figurado
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91

points

La Libertad Churchill

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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91

points

Oliva Serie O No. 4

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.36
  • Size: Petit Corona
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91

points

Padilla La Pilar Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Robusto
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91

points

Saint Luis Rey Belicoso

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.48
  • Size: Figurado
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90

points

CAO Pilón Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Corona
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90

points

Casa Magna Colorado Pikito

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

Fonseca Nicaragua Toro

Issue Date: September 6, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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90

points

Heat Corojo by J. Fuego Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Robusto
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90

points

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Machito

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

Nica Rustica Short Robusto

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Robusto
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90

points

Oliva Serie G Maduro Belicoso

Issue Date: February 2, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.93
  • Size: Figurado
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90

points

Padrón 2000

Issue Date: April 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Robusto
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90

points

Punch London Club

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $2.89
  • Size: Petit Corona
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89

points

7-20-4 Hustler Series Dog Walker

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Petit Corona
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89

points

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.90
  • Size: Churchill
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89

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.90
  • Size: Churchill
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89

points

Asylum Premium 44x4

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Petite Corona

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.70
  • Size: Petit Corona
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89

points

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Lonsdale

Issue Date: April 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.81
  • Size: Lonsdale
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89

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Joya Red Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points

Oliva Serie G Maduro Robusto

Issue Date: February 2, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.56
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points

Padilla Connecticut Short Robusto

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Padilla Corojo '99 Robusto

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.89
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

Vegueros Mañanita

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Cuba
  • Price: £3.22
  • Size: Figurado
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89

points
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona Maduro

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.65
  • Size: Corona
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88

points

Arturo Fuente Petit Corona

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.65
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

Brick House Robusto

Issue Date: March 22, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

Fonseca Nicaragua Petit Corona

Issue Date: September 6, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.99
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

Fonseca Nicaragua Robusto

Issue Date: September 6, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.79
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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88

points

Kristoff Cameroon Matador

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.08
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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88

points

Last Call by A.J. Fernandez Geniales

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

Macanudo Crü Royale Poco Gordo

Issue Date: February 1, 2016
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.49
  • Size: Odd
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88

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

New World Connecticut Corona Gorda

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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88

points

New World Connecticut Robusto

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

Neya F8 Patriot

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Petit Corona

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.93
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

Oliva Serie G Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.84
  • Size: Churchill
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88

points

Perdomo Small Batch Series Sun Grown Rothschild

Issue Date: February 16, 2016
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

Room101 The Big Payback Connecticut Chavala

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.90
  • Size: Robusto
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