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CA Report: Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100

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2020 CA Report: 10 Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100

Updated May 2020 

There’s nothing wrong with looking for a great deal. Some will say that you get what you pay for, but the cigar industry routinely proves that wrong. And sure, you might get bragging rights smoking a $400 box of smokes…but answer this: Do you really want bragging rights, or would you rather find a great cigar and keep some extra cash in your wallet? If your answer is yes, keep reading (if it’s no, these will make anyone jealous). 

The list of desirable smokes that are relatively affordable runs deep – and it’s not just boutiques or small batch companies, either. You’ll see that more than half of what’s listed below are coming from national brands.  

Why buy by the box? 

cigar box layout

If you walk into the store and grab a 12-count case of soda cans (“pop,” if you’re a Midwesterner), you’ll probably get it for 4-5 bucks, maybe even less. But when you exit the store, there’s a vending machine selling the cans individually for $1.00 or moreLike the soda manufacturers, cigarmakers are willing to lower the cost if you purchase larger quantities. The lesson here is that if you’ve found a brand you love, you’re always better off buying by the box (and avoiding vending machines). 

More than just boxes by definition. 

I realized early on in researching this guide that it would be really easy to stack the deck full of 10-count boxes under $100 – like this Serie V Melanio Petit Corona. And though there’s nothing wrong with smaller quantities, I’m still upping the ante to a minimum of 20-count boxes. That means every cigar you see in this guide will be under $5 apiece. 

Explore these 10 top cigar box buys, and I predict you’ll walk away with at least one or two that fit your palate. 

Ed. Note: box prices shown are accurate atime of publication, based on box prices, and are subject to change. 

 

CAO Brazilia Gol!

$93.99 – (5” x 56) Box of 20

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 CAO Brazilia cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

CAO Brazilia is one of the most popular cigars in the American market. And the Gol!…it’s by far the most popular size of the brand. We’re talking top 1% on customer reviews (4.5 stars from 132 Famous customers and counting). The cigars are framed from well-aged Nicaraguan leaves and then topped with a Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro leaf. They’re zesty and full-bodied with traces of black pepper, toast, and an incredibly smooth natural sweetness. CAO Brazilia is proof that cigar boxes under $100 don’t have to be bargain brands no one’s ever heard of. 

 

Alec Bradley Sun Grown Toro

$84.99 – (6 x 52) Box of 20 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Alec Bradley Sun Grown cigars at Famous Smoke Shop 

A Sun Grown to call our own. One of our favorite Famous exclusives, Alec Bradley Sun Grown is the best of both worlds in terms of price and quality. We tasked them to make a cigar with an entry-level price and top-shelf flavor. It’s a pretty big ask, but just as we expected, AB delivered. Tobaccos from Nicaragua’s Esteli and Jalapa regions were blended with Colombian long fillers and a Honduras Binder, and the cherry on top was an oily Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. Sun Grown’s flavors are medium-bodied, creamy, and complex with an emphasis on wood, coffee, and cocoa. Clear some room in your humidor. These are worthy of it! 

 

Charter Oak Maduro Rothschild

$93.99 – (4 ½” x 50) Box of 20

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Charter Oak Maduro cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Charter Oak is a cigar brand from Foundation Cigar Co. that keeps landing on our lists, and for good reason: it’s one of the most consistent cigars in terms of flavor and price. That makes this Rothschild a great value to you as a smoker. The Maduro has a blend of Nicaraguan tobacco and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and from it you’ll find flavors of oak, cream, caramel, and walnuts. Whether this is your first Maduro, or the latest you’re considering, Charter Oak is always a great decision to make. 

 

H. Upmann Sun Grown Magnum

$96.99 – (6” x 54) Box of 21 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 H Upmann Sun Grown Cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Cuban heritageH. Upmann’s got it. The company traces its roots to Havana, way back in 1844. And since the Upmanns are credited with inventing the Spanish cedar cigar box, might never have written this article without them. Enough with the history lesson, though. Let’s talk about how they taste. With its recipe of Ecuador Habano wrappers, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, the cigars are absolute nubbers. Experience medium-bodied notes of wood, almonds, and a spicy sweetness throughout. A box-worthy smoke indeed. 
 

Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua GPN 4

$95.99 – (4 7/8” x 48) Box of 20 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Punch maintains that they’re “the cigar that lives up to its name.” Few of their blends back their mantra better than Gran Puro Nicaragua. The cigars are a high-octane recipe of Nicaraguan tobaccos inside a rich, dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. They produce a cloud of dense smoke filled with hints of earth, pepper, cedar, and sweet spices. If you’re looking for a full-flavored treat, Gran Puro Nicaragua’s got “smart box buy” written all over it. 

 

La Aurora Maduro Corona Gordo 

$94.99 – (5 ½” x 54) Box of 25 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 La Aurora Maduro cigars at Famous Smoke Shop 

Looking to graduate from mellow to medium-bodied cigars? La Aurora will help you get your diploma. With a boost of body from its dusky Brazilian sun-grown wrapper, you’re stepping up to more robust flavors that are balanced in depth and complexity. You’ll be greeted by notes of coffee, cocoa, some cream, and layer of sweet earth to underscore it all. Who says the classics can’t pull their weight anymore? Even if you’ve been smoking for years, they’re great to enjoy anytime you feel like lighting up for a long, relaxing smoke. 

 

Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe Maduro

$73.99 – (6 ½” x 43) Box of 25 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Fuente’s Curly Head Deluxe Maduro should be the industry benchmark on how to make a Cuban sandwich-style cigar. Their Connecticut Broadleaf hugs a Dominican tobacco core for smooth and aromatically mellow flavors that keep them flying off the shelves. The secret for how they make them so inexpensively is simple: mix the tobaccos leftover from their higher-end smokes. Some of it is long filler, some of it short, but it’s all delicious. Other smokers may have warned you of mixed-filler cigars, but some – like these – will surprise your palate. 

 

Baccarat Rothschild 

$86.99 – (5” x 50) Box of 25 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Baccarat cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Getting on board with Baccarat is whole lot easier than learning the game it’s named after. But still, rest assured, if you’ve somehow missed these mellow morsels along the way, they’re anything but a gamble. An effortless draw, refined tobaccos, and a great price have made Baccarat a mainstay of the industry. Even if you’ve gone on to darker flavors, there’s plenty of reasons to revisit them. For its price, it’s hard to cough up a better deal. If you need a cigar for when too much isn’t a good thing, this box has your number. 

 

Oliva Baptiste Toro

$78.99 – (5 ½” x 54) Box of 20 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Oliva Baptiste cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Standing toe to toe with their national brands, the Famousexclusive Oliva Baptiste line smokes with stout flavors. They remind me of black coffee, peppers, aged cedar, sweet tobaccos, and spices. These come from Baptiste’s potent blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos beneath a gorgeous Ecuador Habano leaf. Not only are they one of the most economical picks on this list, but one of the tastiest, too! Whether you pair it with coffee, bourbon, or a single malt, be prepared for a cigar that exceeds your expectations. 

 

Isla del Sol Toro 

$82.99 – (6” x 52) Box of 20 

Top Cigar Box Buys Under $100 Isla del Sol cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Flavored fans, we didn’t forget about you! Drew Estate wraps up our list nicely with a coffee-infused favorite. Featuring an infusion of Sumatran Mandheling bean coffee, and a sweet cap, Isla del Sol is tripa mezclado (triple leaf mix) of Nicaraguan tobacco that’s accented by an Indonesian Sumatra wrapper. The flavors are creamy, smooth, and have a coffee note in each puff. The cap is sweetened, too, so it’ll stand up to your favorite cup of joe. Talk about making your morning! 

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Jack Bliesath
5 years ago

Partagas extra Oscura, EP
Carillo Dark Rituals, Ramon Bueso Habanos. Some of my favorites sub $80.

Stefan Mazzara
5 years ago

Oliva Serie G. Great cigars for even cheaper than what’s on this list.

Barak-Har Elkin
5 years ago

LGC Rabito de Cochino

Harvey Trautz
4 years ago

A good article. the ones I smoke were listed and there were a couple new ones I want to try thanks

Puros Cigar Club
1 year ago

Thanks for the great overview. Great post, this is really useful information. I am really happy to visit Premium Cigar Boxespost. It is a very informative post for me.

RD Jordan
1 year ago

Helpful article. Thank you! I also like the Nat Sherman Habano 5 x 54, box of 18 when you find it on sale!

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  RD Jordan

Thanks! Those Nats are great!

Don McCortney
1 year ago

Punch Rare Corojo Elites and Punch Elites Double Maduro are on my list.

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Don McCortney

Excellent smokes!

Chris Basis
1 year ago

La Unica 100’s. [email protected] $97.99! Awfully good,

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Basis

Indeed!

JimL
1 year ago

My favorite value cigar is 5 Vegas Classic.

Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

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