Best Buys of 2018

The average retail price of a 2018 Top 25 cigar is more than $16, but you don’t have to reach for Andrew Jackson to get a satisfying smoke. We analyzed the hundreds of hand rolled cigars from this year’s tasting database and discovered two dozen that impressed our panel and also delivered wallet-friendly prices—and that makes us happy.

Below you’ll find 24 smokes that scored 87 points or higher, each with a suggested retail price of $6 or less (before taxes). There are some big names here, with cigars from Arturo Fuente, La Aurora, Oliva and Padrón, in a variety of shapes and sizes (robustos, coronas, and even three Churchill-sized cigars). And price-conscious connoisseurs take note: two of these Best Buys made it onto our Top 25. So, grab your lighters—it’s a good time for top-shelf smokes that won’t break the bank. —David Clough

93

points

Charter Oak CT Shade Rothschild

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Robusto
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93

points

JFR Lunatic Short Robusto Habano

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.98
  • Size: Robusto
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93

points

Last Call by A.J. Fernandez Chiquitas

Issue Date: April 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.50
  • Size: Odd
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93

points

Punch After Dinner

Issue Date: April 1, 2018
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.89
  • Size: Churchill
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92

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75x43

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Corona
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91

points

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Churchill
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91

points

Project 805 Petite Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $4.99
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva 5x50

Issue Date: April 17, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.80
  • Size: Robusto
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90

points

Last Call by AJ Fernandez Pequeñas

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points

7-20-4 Hustler Series Dog Walker

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Petit Corona
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89

points

Don Diego Lonsdale

Issue Date: October 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.18
  • Size: Lonsdale
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89

points

El Galan Semilla Cubana Habano Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Robusto
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92

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75x43

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $4.25
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.72
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Churchill

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Churchill
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89

points

Padrón Londres Maduro

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Corona
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88

points

Arturo Fuente Spanish Lonsdale

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.20
  • Size: Lonsdale
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88

points

Brick House Double Connecticut Corona Larga

Issue Date: March 20, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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88

points

Punch Punch EMS

Issue Date: October 1, 2018
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Lonsdale
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87

points
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.09
  • Size: Odd
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87

points

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Robusto
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87

points

La Galera Maduro Chaveta

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Robusto
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87

points

Nat Cicco Aniversario 1965 Liga No. 4 Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto
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