Posted by pumaspy
With all the talk of economics and jobs, cigar smokers simply want to find gems on a budget. After all, our passions shouldn’t suffer just because of bad times, should they? I’ve always stood by the premise of a good smoke is a great experience, no matter the cost, but my tastes as evidenced by this blog have showcased a personal demand for higher priced cigars.
Quality doesn’t always justify the higher cost, but so far my experiences have been positive. That being said, I’ve never found problems smoking inexpensive hand rolled premium cigars, because the overall experience has been wonderful.
With the average cost of a cigar in your traditional Brick and Mortar being between $7-$10, we and the difference in online vs BM prices, we figured we’d aim a little lower for the budget conscious, because I refuse to sacrifice flavor for price. In short, I won’t smoke tasteless, inexpensive cigars just because I’m on a budget.
A few of the cigars on this list bring the flavor, along with great construction while not being average blends from the multitude of companies out there who make cigars. In short, according to my taste, they’re all winners.
First up, Pinar Del Rio – 1878 Reserva Dominica Capa Oscuro. A solid cigar with excellent construction and two types of corjoo filler to provide a spicy experience followed by nutty notes. Leather on the palate followed by creamy, medium finish
Next up, BrickHouse – I’m a fan of the toro here, but also the Mighty Mighty Maduro. Neither cigar is extremely complex, but they’re solid flavors. Leather and cedar on the Toro with a medium to full finish while the Mighty Mighty boasts coffee and cocoa flavors. This is actually an old blend from JC Newman Cigars, makers of Diamond Crown.
If you want a real treat, you can look hard enough online and find a vendor who sells Alec Bradley Seconds in either the Tempus or the award winning Prensado blends. I’ve smoked way too many of both and they’re just as good as the firsts, same draw, same excellent construction, but you’re paying around $2.50 a bundle with no fancy box or band, rather than $9 or more online or in the BM.
Bahia Icon – was a solid blend I had a box of recently. Full flavor, plenty of leather and peppery spice with a medium to full finish, the Gran Robusto will give you a good, solid hour of cigar break downtime without disappointing on flavor or putting a major dent in your budget.
Oh, it just dawned on me because I’ve smoked both of these cigars out of samplers and enjoyed them. Alec Bradley American Classic and American Classic Sungrown. Both cigars come in at under $5 a cigar. The original American Classic features mellow leather and spice notes while the Sungrown is a good expression of sungrown wrappers.
Nothing in this list is overly complicated, but will deliver an experience cigar smokers enjoy. Downtime, a great conversation starter, or something to pair with your favorite libation while you relax in a passion shared by many others. What’s on your budget friendly list?
The characters in my upcoming paranormal romance Burning for Derrick are also avid cigar aficionados, often filling their humidors with expensive stick and inexpensive gems alike. Look for Burning for Derrick coming from Ardent Books soon!