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Best Buys of 2020

Often dubbed the “affordable luxury,” premium cigars do not necessarily have to be expensive to be fine, and a high-quality, handrolled cigar can be found at many reasonable price points. In 2020, the tasting panel at Cigar Aficionado blind-smoked and rated hundreds of cigars, but we mined our database to bring you 28 smokes that are both wallet-friendly and humidor-worthy.

While value is a relative term, our list of Best Buys is made up of smokes that retail for $6 or less (before taxes) and scored 87 points or higher. Smaller smokes such as coronas and petit coronas make up a rather prominent percentage here, but there are bigger sizes too, such as robustos, figurados, a Churchill and even some grandes. Some of the best-known names in the business appear on this list, which, thankfully, spares you from having to make the regretful decision of sacrificing quality to save a few bucks. —Thomas Pappalardo

92

points

Nat Cicco Casino Real Double Toro

Issue Date: October 27, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.79
  • Size: Grande
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91

points

Alec Bradley Maxx Nano

Issue Date: June 1, 2020
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Odd
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91

points

MUWAT Nightcrawler

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.60
  • Size: Robusto
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91

points

Nat Cicco Casino Real Churchill

Issue Date: October 27, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.59
  • Size: Churchill
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91

points

Saga Short Tales Tomo V

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Odd
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90

points

El Triunfador Favoritos

Issue Date: June 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.00
  • Size: Odd
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90

points

Gran Habano Connecticut No. 1 Lunch Break

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.30
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

La Galera Connecticut Cepo

Issue Date: April 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $3.80
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

La Gloria Cubana Glorias

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.89
  • Size: Corona
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90

points

Padrón Londres

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.30
  • Size: Corona
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90

points

Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña

Issue Date: June 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

MUWAT Bait Fish

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.10
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Nat Cicco Casino Real Belicoso

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.69
  • Size: Figurado
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89

points

Undercrown Shade Corona Pequeña

Issue Date: April 7, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocú No. 5

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.50
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

E.P. Carrillo Interlude Maduro Carrillitos

Issue Date: April 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $2.50
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75x43

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Corona
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88

points

Nat Cicco Casino Real Figurado

Issue Date: October 27, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Figurado
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87

points

A. Flores Gran Reserva Desflorado Half Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Odd
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87

points

Don Diego Robusto

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.71
  • Size: Robusto
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87

points

Don Lino Africa Kudu

Issue Date: July 28, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.98
  • Size: Odd
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87

points

La Aroma de Cuba Rothschild

Issue Date: June 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Robusto
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87

points

Last Call by AJ Fernandez Chiquitas

Issue Date: June 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Odd
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87

points

Nat Cicco Casino Real Double Robusto

Issue Date: October 27, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.39
  • Size: Robusto
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87

points

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Petit Corona

Issue Date: April 1, 2020
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.60
  • Size: Petit Corona
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87

points

Punch Clásico London Club EMS

Issue Date: April 1, 2020
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $3.49
  • Size: Petit Corona
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87

points

Punch Knuckle Buster Gordo

Issue Date: December 1, 2020
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Grande
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87

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