With so many different options, how is one to know what the 10 best tasting cigars for the money are? Especially if you’re a newbie; choosing an exceptional cigar can be a bit overwhelming. And with so much to take into consideration, where do you even start?
Fortunately for you, after you have read this list you should feel a lot better about how to go about choosing the right cigar(s) for YOU! ‘Cause let’s be real, here—no two smokers, whether a novice or expert have the exact same taste for cigars. Not to mention, not everyone has the same price range. An “expensive” stick to one could merely be pocket change to another.
This might leave you wondering: how much should I pay for a good cigar? This is 100% up to the buyer/smoker. One can find good cigars for under $10. Hell! There’s nothing wrong with spending $5 or less for a decent stick! However, those smokers with deeper pockets may beg to differ. Don’t pay attention to them! Be real with yourself, especially if you happen to be starting out. Think about not only what you can afford, but how much are you willing to spend on a stick… and stick to it (haha)!
But just to give you an idea, some of the best cigars under $10 are Punch, Partagas, Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana, Gran Habano, Gispert (just to name a few) and I’ll let you in on a little secret: every brand featured on this list will have an assortment of sticks to choose from in this price range. Honestly, most brands will have cheaper sticks to try; which I would suggest spending less if you are just starting out, ’cause let’s face it—just because you spent a little extra on a stick does not ensure that you are going to like it!
Take Black Abyss Cigars, for example. Very highly rated sticks and a bit on the pricier side, too. However, if you are new to this, its bold flavors might be a little much for you. These rich sticks are medium-bodied; which can be a lot of flavor—especially, to someone who has never smoked anything in their life (but if intricate flavors are your thing, then these are definitely worth the price tag). Good cigars for beginners would be mild or “mellow” in flavor. Once you acquire a taste for them you can work your way up to medium and then full-bodied. But, by all means, if you are already a cigarette smoker, starting in the middle could be the way to go. Some of the best mild cigars (2017) include Ashton Classics and La Aroma de Cuba. Many more will be mentioned later on.
Now, while it can be nice to physically walk into a cigar shop, see and smell the cigars, and even ask questions, chances are you stumbled upon this list because you don’t want to appear like you know nothing about cigars. If that is the case, check out Jasmin’s list on the 7 Best Online Cigar Stores to Shop in 2017. There you will obviously find some good places to shop online, but also learn some of the pros and cons of purchasing online as opposed to in person.
You may find yourself asking, what are good, cheap cigars at gas stations? And pretty much every gas station you walk into will carry Swisher Sweets, White Owls, Black & Milds, Games, and Backwoods just to name a few. Some expert cigar smokers will wonder why these poorly made and otherwise disgusting sticks even exist! But all stoners know these are the best cigars for blunts, and that is about all they are good for. Do yourself a favor, and stay away from these cheaply made and poor-quality cigars at all costs!
I’ll admit, compiling a list of the 10 best tasting cigars for the money was not easy! This list could have been doubled—if not tripled or even quadrupled—in size and STILL would not have covered even half of the brands out there that are worth the money. So, how did I come up with just 10 brands to feature? Again, I tried to take into consideration that every smoker’s palates AND wallets vary. Aside from looking at different forums (only to get nowhere in my search), I turned to a few trusted sites with similar lists. A handful of articles featured on famous smoke paired with a top 25 list on cigar aficionado, and lastly holts cigar site helped determine the brands to feature on this list. Holts even had a section with sticks with a heftier price tag that included customer ratings.
I did, however, choose to stray away from picking specific cigars. There are just too many to touch on based on such a small list, not to mention a lot of these brands have multiple highly-rated cigars and I did not want the same brand to be featured twice. So, I simply tallied up the brands mentioned on both forums and sites and came up with a good list of best tasting cigars for the money. Enjoy!
10. Romeo y Julieta
I’ll give you three guesses as to where the brand established in 1875 got its name. Although, you will only need one! It is quite appropriate that the brand was named after the famous Shakespearian play because there is often a love story to be told between the smoker and his/her Romeo y Julieta. Cute, isn’t it? True to their Cuban roots, for a brand to have been around for over 100 years and STILL considered to be one of the best on the market, you know they’re doing something right! And with an array of different flavor profiles, these sticks are sure to please anybody! Easy on the wallet, too as many can be found for under $10 a stick.