The Best Cigars Under $5 You Can Smoke
by Gary Korb
If you hate the idea of paying more than $5 for a good cigar, you’re not alone, but you are in luck. I’ve compiled a list of tasty, high-quality smokes that can be had for no more than one of those portraits of Abe Lincoln in your wallet. Read on and get ready to save money without sacrificing quality or taste…
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente (4½” x 50 / $5.00)
Arturo Fuente cigars have always offered great value; but in the company of cigars under $5, the Chateau Fuente is a real dream. Rolled in aromatic Connecticut shade wrappers protected by Spanish cedar sleeves, the smoke is mellow, yet rich in flavor with hints of sweet cedar, nutmeg, and more, in the mix. Marvelous in the morning with coffee!
Flor de Oliva 650 (6″ x 50 / $2.71)
I’ve been touting this brand for over a decade, and I’ve got the “Great suggestion!” emails to back it up. Made with fully-aged Nicaraguan longfillers and a sweet-capped Sumatra wrapper, the 650 is medium-bodied, well-balanced, and loaded with sweet n’ spicy flavors, making it an awesome bargain that could easily sell for more than twice its $2.71 retail price. Simply an amazing Oliva cigar!
Hoyo De Monterrey Rothschild Maduro (4½” x 50 / $4.49)
I chose this Hoyo, not only for its price, but I felt the younger smokers would enjoy smoking a true classic. The Rothschild has a long legacy, and there’s a reason for it. The blend boasts a medley of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers for a richer taste, spot-on balance and a honeyed aroma.
La Gloria Cubana Wavell (5″ x 50 / $4.99)
Another must-try classic, since this is also the cigar that catapulted the La Gloria Cubana brand to perpetual stardom. The secret is in the Dominican-Nicaraguan long-filler blend and Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that combine for a satisfying, medium-bodied smoke with so much flavor, they belie their under $5 price.
La Zona Habano Super Toro (6½” x 54 / $4.80)
NOT your typical economy stick. High quality meets a ton of complexity and flavor in these medium-full cigars under $5. Erik Espinosa specifically created this all Nicaraguan leaf blend for the value hunter, proving that a great-tasting cigar doesn’t have to be expensive to hit on all cylinders. Smooth, rich and aromatic, you can take this one to the bank.
[Ed. Note: La Zona Habano cigars are no longer in stock at Famous Smoke Shop; click the image to view other Espinosa cigar options.]
Omar Ortez Originals Maduro Robusto Grande (5″ x 54 / $4.20)
Omar who? OK, Omar Ortez isn’t a household name, but he makes really good cigars – all artfully handcrafted with prime, fully-aged, Nicaraguan ligero tobaccos – and sells ’em at a very reasonable price. The smoke is bold and spicy, and stands-up to puros costing 2 and 3 times the asking price. Once you’ve had the Omar Ortez experience, it’s hard to forget it.
Padrón Delicias (4 7/8″ x 46 / $5.00)
Boy, was I happy I found these – delectable little Padrón cigars for under $5. Alright, 5 bucks on the head. But still…they exist! Not far from a full-figured Robusto in size, the Delicias delivers all of the awesome flavor and aroma that is uniquely and unequivocally Padrón. Rich in dark Nicaraguan tobacco flavor, well-balanced, and aromatic, this particular size really delivers the goods, too.
Perla Del Mar Perla P (3¾” x 56/ $4.65)
This “nub-ish” Perla P, box-pressed to an ample ring size, puts out plenty of flavor at an amazingly affordable price. Made by J.C. Newman, the secret to their complexity is in the Nicaraguan tobaccos that are grown in 4 different regions and the silky Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers. To make sure you get the most out of it, smoke this one slowly.
Room101 The Big Payback Chavala (5″ x 50 / $4.95)
Not only is this cigar a STEAL at under $5, I added it to my personal “Best Cigars of 2014” list. Medium-full in body, and impressively complex, this robusto is a runaway slam-dunk. Using a well-packed all-Nicaraguan leaf blend, the smoke has just the right balance of sweet and spicy elements in the mix.
[Ed. Note: Room101 Big Payback cigars are no longer in stock at Famous Smoke Shop; click the image to view other Room101 cigar options.]
Supervisor Selection Toro (6″ x 52 / $4.60)
Another cigar that delivers a lot of enjoyment for less than a fin. Its 5-nation core blend and a naturally sweet Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper make for a deliciously complex cigar in a hefty size. If you want a satisfying, full-bodied smoke that’ll help you put a little money aside for your kid’s college tuition, this is it.
[Ed. Note: Alec Bradley Supervisor Selection Toro cigars are no longer in stock at Famous Smoke Shop; click the image to view other Supervisor Selection cigar options.]
Tatuaje Series P Robusto (5″ x 50 / $3.50)
So you thought only the 1-percenters can afford Tatuaje? Think again. This mixed filler blend offers all of the rich, earthy Nicaraguan flavor and expert handcraftsmanship as Pete Johnson’s other award-winning cigars at an incredibly satisfying price. Medium in body, you may pick-up notes of cream, sweet tobacco, and mild spice along the way.
The Judge by J. Fuego Blind Justice (5″ x 50 / $5.00)
If you’ve never had the pleasure of smoking a cigar blended by Jesus Fuego, now you can – and at a pretty paltry price, too. For The Judge series Jesus uses a rich-tasting, semi-sweet Brazilian Mata Fina leaf to cap a savory 4-nation blend for a potent, yet non-overpowering smoke with a sobering aroma that sentences you to at least 1 hour of bliss.