10 Best Value Bundle Cigars for Your Money
Love Tasty Cigars? Then Don’t Dismiss These Bundles of Joy
By Tommy Zman
As I address you all from my cigar smoking bully pulpit, high atop stately Cigar Advisor Manor, I am here to tell you quite emphatically that it’s time for a change of attitude my fine smoky friends. For eons, bundled cigars have been looked down upon as inferior tobacco-laden sticks produced merely for the low rent crowd… and THAT kind of “turn your nose up snobbery” needs to stop – NOW!
Okay…admittedly, many of the bargain brand cigars on the market are indeed packaged in bundles and that’s because putting them in a box raises the price. But what you need to know is that there really are a lot of good smokes – I’m talking with tasty aged tobacco that are well rolled in reputable factories.
Now, here’s a quick little list I put together of top value bundle cigars for your money – and mine, as I actually smoke these myself. No, they’re not Padron Anniversaries or Liga Privadas, but they’re pretty good, and for the price, they’re really damned good. So take a look and tell me what you think!
I’m going to tell you that these are flat-out delicious and if they were in a box, the price would be double. These are luscious full-bodied smokes made in one of Esteli, Nicaragua’s top factories. Aged Nicaraguan fillers inside while sporting dark, oily smooth Ecuadorian Habano wrappers. NOTE: these ARE NOT seconds and they are fabulous.
While Nick Perdomo makes some damned amazing cigars that come in pretty boxes, he also makes a damned nice bundled gem as well. The Fresco is available in a mild-medium Connecticut wrapped cigar as well as a dark and tasty Maduro. They’re affordably priced and make a great everyday smoke. Definitely worth a try. You’re welcome, Nick.
This offering from the boys at Asylum has a hell of a lot of flavor for an incredibly low price and that is reason enough to give them a try. As true value bundle cigars go, they’re handmade in Nicaragua using all Nic grown tobaccos, they’re medium bodied with a nice natural sweetness.
The people at Oliva are known for growing some of the best cigar tobacco in the world and yes, they even use it in their bundled smokes. These are hand made with premium first selection tobaccos at their factory in Esteli, and again we say, if these were available in fancy boxes the price would be significantly higher.
I’m a sucker for Gran Habano sticks and these bundled beauties have that classic GH flavor but at an absolute fraction of the price of the boxed brands. Made from long filler leaf with an earthy and slightly spicy profile, you can enjoy them every single day.
These cigars are available in six types: Maduro, Corojo, Connecticut, Habano, Sumatra and Cameroon. Last year I brought a bundle of each to a friend’s daughter’s wedding and the guests devoured them like fat kids on frozen peanut butter cups. These are damned good everyday sticks for the price.
For those of you who love a mild and toasty smoke, the M1’s are made just for you. They’re rolled with premium Dominican fillers and silky Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers at Henke Kellner’s Tabadom factory in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. An excellent and mild cigar lover’s value.
Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli is making some of today’s most highly rated cigars and his bundled offerings are selling like mad. These are medium bodied sticks made with super-tasty Nicaraguan fillers and Habano wrappers. They are available in four sizes; and pound for pound against other top value bundle cigars, the price on these cannot be beat.
Jesus Fuego has been making top of the line, premium boxed cigars for a long time and now his bundled sticks offer delicious choices at wickedly good low pricing. These are mild and very flavorful, made with gorgeous Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrappers. They’re really toasty with a nutty and natural sweetness. Good stuff.
General Cigar makes some of the world’s favorite smokes such as Partagas, Punch, Macanudo, Dunhill and CAO. Their bundled sticks use quality premium aged tobacco and come in both a natural Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. These top-notch value bundle smokes are made in the same factory as many of General’s flagship cigars and are a fraction of the price. Tremendous value right here, people.
So there you have it – ten bundled sticks that are well made, taste good and cost significantly less than the boxed smokes these manufacturers make. They’re just good every day cigars and like I said, I’ve smoked them all. It’s time you went and tried some of these wonderful bundles of joy.