Solo Sticks: 10 Best Cigars On A Budget

Welcome to the age-old world of tobacco smoking. A world discovered by Christopher Columbus himself upon his arrival in the “New World.” A world of established relaxation, conversation, and introspection. A world where it’s okay to take a 45-minute break to smoke a stogie. And whether you’re an expert in the field, or just learned how to smoke a cigar, there’s just something about lighting up and sitting back after a long day with a glass of whiskey that’s simply timeless in itself. Fortunately, the myths about the cost surrounding these sticks of enjoyment are often debunked with a bit of research before heading to the nearest cigar shop.

At least that’s what motivated us to seek out some cheap cigars that don’t compromise quality. We found that quality ranges across all spectrums in the cigar field, not only in the world of Cuban cigars. The goal here was simple. Find some popular yet highly affordable options for single cigars. And that we did, all under $10 for single cigars that we feel pair well with any celebratory event, evening with the herf, or just taking a solitary breather in the backyard. Toast away.

Perdomo Lot 23 Robusto

Perdomo Lot 23 Robusto

Short but sweet, the Robusto offers up a ring gauge to 50 and a short length of about 5 inches. The filler comes from Nicaragua’s legendary Lot 23 and it’s rolled with a medium brown EMS wrapper for good measure. Tasting notes include that of chestnuts, espresso, spice and cedar. It’s strictly Nicaragua through and through. And we highly doubt you’ll be disappointed with this stick.

Purchase: $5

Tatuaje Tattoo Bonito

Tatuaje Tattoo Bonito

On the smaller side of things some this 52-ring Tatuaje Tattoo in a classic Figurado shape that’s made with the finest Nicaragua filler bursting with flavor and boasting a medium-bodied strength. It’s rolled tight with the help of an Ecuador Habano wrapper, contributing greatly to the overall Cuban-influenced toast and style of this easy-going and casual stick. Great on a balmy summer’s night on the back patio.

Purchase: $5

Caldwell Iberian Express

Caldwell Iberian Express

Sometimes keeping the exact blend composition a secret not only adds to the allure of a cigar brand but keeps each stick unique over time. Caldwell falls in line with this ideology, only suggesting that their filler be some combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. The 50-ring Robusto doesn’t skimp on the flavor either, filling the palate with notes of cocoa, almonds, and leather. A must try for any collector or neophyte. Trust us, you’ll be glad you gave this one a go.

Purchase: $6

My Father Flor De Las Antillas

My Father Flor De Las Antillas

Hosting a classic Belicoso shape and a ring gauge of 52, this carefully constructed stick was only recently released back in 2012 but soon took root in the psyche of cigar smokers looking for something new and refreshing. The Belicoso offers a flavor profile of nutmeg, white pepper and some earthiness to round things out. Most definitely a must-try for any fans of the lighter side of things.

Purchase: $6

San Christobal Revelation

San Christobal Revelation

Renowned by many critics in the space as one of the best premium handmade cigars around, the San Cristobal Revelation Legend is crafted with care, wrapped with a chocolate-brown Ecuador Sumatra wrapper and filled with premium tobacco from the rich growing regions of Nicaragua. And in fine Cuban tradition, each 52-ring stick is finished with a triple cap to boot. It’s of medium bodied strength and includes notes of zesty cedar, tea, and an earthy richness that’s enjoyable from start to finish.

Purchase: $7

Alec Bradley Black Market

Alec Bradley Black Market

A long and thin Churchill with a bit of a dark side, this 50-ring Churchill boasts a dark Nicaraguan wrapper but is surprisingly easy-going with a medium-bodied strength but full of flavor that’s sure to please any aficionado. It utilizes a blend of four tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Panama and runs 7-inches long. A rich and creamy smoke emits decadent flavors of sweet cocoa and pepper and is sure to please just about any avid smoker.

Purchase: $7

Illusione Epernay Le Elecance

Illusione Epernay Le Elecance

For the price, we’re not sure if you’re going to find a better option out there. Here we have a medium-bodied offering that’s not too strong but hosts a filler fueled by premium tobacco from Nicaragua and Cuba all wrapped within Nicaraguan Rosado wrapper The result is an undeniably rich flavor profile full of honey, nut, and chocolate that many have suggested places this cigar in a category all on its own. Maybe that’s why it was named one of the top cigars for 2011.

Purchase: $7

Kristoff Maduro

Kristoff Maduro

Maduro wrappers are known for their darker hue and lengthier lifespan in the humidor. They’re typically a thicker, heavier leaf as well that lends itself to longevity and age. What we have here is a Maduro wrapped 50-ring Kristoff cigar filled with wonderfully dried Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. Therefore, notes in the profile include espresso, pepper, and earth, working together to provide a smooth and balanced profile that’s medium to full bodied. Paris perfectly with the dram of your favorite whiskey.

Purchase: $8

Jaimie Garcia Reserva Especial

Jaimie Garcia Reserva Especial

Son of Don Pepin Garcia, Jaime Garcia has continued to work within the family business utilizing the same methods and fillers to produce quality sticks at a price any cigar enthusiast can afford without worry. This offering, in particular, is rolled with a Broadleaf Maduro wrapper that pairs quite nicely with a rich Nicaraguan filler from the Garcia farms. It’s a Super Gordo shape, hosting a run gauge of 66, and offering notes of pepper, espresso, cedar and earth on the palate through the toast. Truly a testament to the quality of the Garcia name.

Purchase: $9

The Splurge

Padron Family Reserve

Padron Family Reserve

Since 1964 the Padron family has crafted fine and elegant cigars that are universally accepted as some of the best Cuban-influenced sticks around. It’s always a bonus too when after all these years, they continue to keep the business where it belongs -in the family. In doing so, they crafted this stunning stick that ended up taking home Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year Award back in 2009 when it was first released. The 45-year tribute boasts a dark Maduro leaf wrap, and notes of spice, nuts, a touch of floral, and cedar through the burn. She’s flavorful, rich and complex. Just the way we like them.

Purchase: $27

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