Best Buys of 2017

The best things in life aren’t always the most expensive. To prove it, we’ve assembled a list of high-scoring cigars specifically tailored for the cost-conscious connoisseur. Every smoke on the list below has scored 88 points or higher in our blind tasting reviews and has a suggested retail price of $6 or less (before taxes). This year, nearly 30 cigars made the cut, impressing our panel with a mix of complexity and character while providing undeniable value. You’ll find perennial fan favorites from A.J. Fernandez, Arturo Fuente, Padrón and Tatuaje. There’s even a Top 25 cigar showcasing its wallet-friendly price: the Joya Black Nocturno, which retails for a mere $5.95. While many of the smokes are coronas, petit coronas and other smaller cigars, two 7-inch Churchills make the grade—and all of them are big on flavor. —David Clough

93

points

Joya Black Nocturno

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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91

points

Fonseca Nicaragua Petit Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.95
  • Size: Petit Corona
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91

points

Padrón Londres

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.70
  • Size: Corona
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90

points

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Figurado
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90

points

Fonseca Nicaragua Toro

Issue Date: February 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Corona Gorda
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90

points

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Corona

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.50
  • Size: Corona
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90

points

Oliva Serie O No. 4

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.63
  • Size: Petit Corona
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90

points

Villiger 1888 Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.70
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

A. Flores Gran Reserva 1975 Half Corona

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.09
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.05
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sun Grown

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.35
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points

Asylum Premium 44x4

Issue Date: February 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.76
  • Size: Odd
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89

points

Casa Magna Colorado Pikito

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Petit Corona
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89

points

El Galan Semilla Cubana Habano Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.80
  • Size: Churchill
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89

points

La Aroma de Cuba Corona

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.70
  • Size: Robusto
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89

points

Punch Elite EMS

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $3.79
  • Size: Corona
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89

points

Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua 4 7/8 x 48

Issue Date: July 25, 2017
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.29
  • Size: Robusto
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88

points

7-20-4 Factory 57 Dog Walker

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

C.A.O. Brazilia Corcovado

Issue Date: February 1, 2017
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Odd
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88

points

Don Diego Lonsdale

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.14
  • Size: Lonsdale
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88

points

La Aurora 1495 15 Minute Break

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $4.25
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Churchill

Issue Date: June 20, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Churchill
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88

points
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.46
  • Size: Odd
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88

points

Tatuaje Havana VI Verocú No. 5

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.50
  • Size: Petit Corona
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88

points

VegaFina Nicaragua Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.78
  • Size: Corona
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88

points

Viva Republica Advanced Warfare Petit Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Petit Corona
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