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Top Rated Honduran Cigars
10 Top Customer-Rated Honduran Cigars Under $10
Updated March 2023 by Gary Korb
Twenty years ago, there were clear lines drawn between cigars from their respective countries. Dominicans were mellow, Nicaraguans were strong – it was what it was. Honduran cigars tended to be robust and spicy, but still sat in between. At the time, manufacturers kept it simple and tended to source tobaccos from home rather than abroad.
Honduras rose to cigar-making prominence because Cuban exiles found the country’s soils to be ideal for growing tobacco, as some areas are very similar to Cuba’s Pinar del Rio region. The El Paraiso province is the nation’s “cigar capitol” – Danli (home to HATSA) and the Jamastran Valley house most factories and tobacco fields.
Honduran cigars – just by virtue of the name – incline us to think of Baccarat, Punch, Camacho, Hoyo de Monterrey. Famous Honduran factories abound, including El Paraiso, Plasencia and Raices Cubanas, as well as those from back in the day like Villazon. As years went on, they experimented with their blends to include leaves from outside countries.
Country of Origin: Honduras…?
Of course, that creates a distinction among Honduran cigars today…the line has been blurred between those that are rolled with some (or all) Honduran tobacco, and those that are simply manufactured in a Honduran factory.
For the purposes of this CA Report, we’re focused on the latter. (Old-school country/tobacco puros just aren’t as commonplace anymore). In addition, each cigar had to receive a minimum score of 4.5 stars, globally, by at least 10 reviewers of Famous Smoke Shop.
It’s worth noting that a lot has changed since this article was first published five years ago. The cigar industry is kind of like an evolving ecosystem; just because big-name cigars like Alec Bradley Prensado or Camacho Corojo aren’t on this list, doesn’t mean they’ve fallen out of favor…it just means there are more players on the field to compete with. Smokers are trying new cigars, and rediscovering lost classics – and rating them. So we’ve rerun the numbers, and selected 10 fresh Honduran-made cigars and given you their scores, so you can see how today’s cigar smokers feel about them.
Asylum 13 Seventy – 5.0 Stars from 18 Reviews
Asylum 13 cigars built their excellent rep on being “a bit” larger than your average primos—and the Seventy shown here isn’t even the biggest! Fortunately, for some, they do make some less formidable sizes; they’re all delicious and all Nicaraguan inside and out. Light up one of these slow burners and expect a medium-full smoke laced with earthiness, cocoa, espresso, and a cavalcade of sweet and zesty spices. When you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy a top-notch smoke, spend it with one of these savory beauties.
Baccarat Toro – 4.5 Stars from 63 Reviews
Some think that high ratings require complexity and full flavor. Baccarat realized long ago that you can win just as many hearts and minds with a consistently mellow, Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigar. Because of this, the blend produces creamy notes of cedar, toast, and earth – all underscored by gentle spices. There’s a reason these things are best sellers. If you’ve somehow missed this Cigar 101 staple, maybe it’s time to turn around for another look.
Rocky Patel American Market Selection Robusto – 4.5 Stars from 63 Reviews
If you want to recommend a well-made, affordably-priced Connecticut to a compadre, the Rocky Patel American Market selection is a smart choice. The Robusto is one of the highest rated cigars on the site for a reason, too. From puff one you’ll enjoy a well-balanced serving of vanilla, coffee, and brown sugar notes, plus cinnamon, nutmeg and delicate spice. The AMS makes a satisfying break between your heartier smokes and has also become a popular golf cigar as an alternative to Hoyo de Monterrey.
Romeo y Julieta House of Capulet Toro – 4.5 Stars from 49 Reviews
Let’s start this exclusive Romeo gem with a quote by one its reviewers: “This cigar is right there with Davidoff, Ashton, and The Griffins Connecticuts. So well made. Textbook ash that burns dead even. The smoke is bountiful and pure luxury. Mellow but tasty. Butterscotch, coffee with cream, and oak. A permanent fixture in my humidor.” That was Woody in Colorado and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves other than to add that the Toro and every size in the line is desirably affordable.
Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur No. 1 (Churchill) – 4.5 Stars from 42 Reviews
Churchills don’t often make our lists, but one worthy exception is Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur. The only explanation I can muster: cigar enthusiasts want as much of it as they can get. For the better part of 30 years, Excalibur has been a reliable workhorse, and it still smokes the same today as it did back then. Medium-bodied with leather, cream, cedar, and spice, few cigars balance price and flavor as well. We think you’ll love it regardless of your level of experience.
Gran Habano #5 Corojo Rothschild – 4.5 Stars from 36 Reviews
Stealth jets make up for their lack of visibility with precise execution, and when the dust settles, their aftermath is unmistakable. The same is true with Gran Habano #5 Corojo. In similar contrast to the cigar’s lack of headlines, the customer reviews paint a clear message: “smoke me.” 5’s flavors are dark, spicy, and rich, and they always outperform its price tag. You could follow the masses, but sometimes the paths least traveled end with the best rewards.
Punch Clásico Maduro Elites – 4.5 Stars from 31 Reviews
Punch is arguably the manufacturer that put Honduras on the map. And with a penchant for…well…Punch-y recipes, they’ve always lived up to their name. This Clásico line Maduro certainly does, too. Wrapped in a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, the cigar exhales a dense, chewy smoke full of earth, coffee, and sweetness. Why not end your day on a high note with a stiff drink and a smoke that can keep up? This is one Punch in the mouth we’d welcome any time, and we think you would, too.
Saint Luis Rey Serie G Maduro No. 6 – 4.5 Stars from 18 Reviews
If it works, you don’t question it, because Saint Luis Rey Serie G Maduro brings the bacon with high praise across the board. The cigars are loved for a simple formula: great flavor at a great price. You’ll be greeted by wisps of baking chocolate and sweet espresso from not one, but two Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro leaves. If dark cigars are your forte, it might be time to get on the Serie G train and smoke what you’ve been missing.
Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto – 4.5 Stars from 16 Reviews
For Alec Bradley, their Black Market selection is the gift that keeps on giving. And since we’re talking about top-rated cigars, the Black Market Churchill recently scored a 94, making it the #6 Cigar of 2022. Handcrafted by Plasencia and rolled in an oily Nicaraguan wrapper, this medium-bodied gem teams with nutty, sweet, and spicy flavors in perfect balance. If you’ve never smoked an Alec Bradley cigar, the Black Market line is a great place to start.
Camacho Connecticut 4.5 Stars from 15 Reviews
Camacho Cigars built its reputation on being one of the leading full-bodied cigar brands. Fortunately, they didn’t forget about the smokers looking for something a little less formidable. Enter the Camacho Connecticut selection with its lighter Ecuador Connecticut Shade wrappers and Honduran-Dominican core. The result is a woody, medium-bodied smoke with hints of sweet tobacco. But in true Camacho tradition, it also dispatches a sliver of spice in the well-balanced mix. If you’re looking for a Connecticut with some cojones, you just found it.
What are your go-to Honduran cigars? Let us know in the comments below!