Cigar news you can use: C.A’s best cigar buys of 2018

Cigar news: While I do not always agree with Cigar Aficionado’s reviews, they do have the resources to find best buys for cigars.

As the prices for these smokes are quite reasonable, it makes sense to try out several and see if they hit your palate. There are some brands reported by C.A. that I am not familiar with so the plan is buy them and see what I think.

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BEST BUYS OF 2018 according to Cigar Aficionado

The average retail price of a 2018 Top 25 cigar is more than $16, but you don’t have to reach for Andrew Jackson to get a satisfying smoke. We analyzed the hundreds of hand rolled cigars from this year’s tasting database and discovered two dozen that impressed our panel and also delivered wallet-friendly prices—and that makes us happy.

Below you’ll find 24 smokes that scored 87 points or higher, each with a suggested retail price of $6 or less (before taxes). There are some big names here, with cigars from Arturo Fuente, La Aurora, Oliva and Padrón, in a variety of shapes and sizes (robustos, coronas, and even three Churchill-sized cigars). And price-conscious connoisseurs take note: two of these Best Buys made it onto our Top 25. So, grab your lighters—it’s a good time for top-shelf smokes that won’t break the bank. —David Clough

93

points

Charter Oak CT Shade Rothschild

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Charter Oak CT Shade Rothschild
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Robusto

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93

points

JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto

Issue Date: June 1, 2018

JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.98
  • Size: Robusto

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93

points

Last Call By A.J. Fernandez Chiquitas

Issue Date: April 1, 2018

Last Call by A.J. Fernandez Chiquitas
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $4.50
  • Size: Odd

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93

points

Punch After Dinner

Issue Date: April 1, 2018

Punch After Dinner
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.89
  • Size: Churchill

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92

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75×43

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75x43
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Corona

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91

points

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Churchill
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Churchill

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91

points

Project 805 Petite Corona

Issue Date: June 1, 2018

Project 805 Petite Corona
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $4.99
  • Size: Petit Corona

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90

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva 5×50

Issue Date: April 17, 2018

Gilberto Oliva Reserva 5x50
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.80
  • Size: Robusto

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90

points

Last Call By AJ Fernandez Pequeñas

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Last Call by AJ Fernandez Pequeñas
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto

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89

points

7-20-4 Hustler Series Dog Walker

Issue Date: June 1, 2018

7-20-4 Hustler Series Dog Walker
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Petit Corona

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89

points

Don Diego Lonsdale

Issue Date: October 1, 2018

Don Diego Lonsdale
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.18
  • Size: Lonsdale

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89

points

El Galan Semilla Cubana Habano Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2018

El Galan Semilla Cubana Habano Robusto
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.40
  • Size: Robusto

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92

points

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75×43

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc 5.75x43
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Corona

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89

points

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $4.25
  • Size: Corona

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89

points

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Corona
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.72
  • Size: Corona

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89

points

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Churchill

Issue Date: February 1, 2018

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Churchill
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Churchill

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89

points

Padrón Londres Maduro

Issue Date: December 1, 2018

Padrón Londres Maduro
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00
  • Size: Corona

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88

points

Arturo Fuente Spanish Lonsdale

Issue Date: February 1, 2018

Arturo Fuente Spanish Lonsdale
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.20
  • Size: Lonsdale

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88

points

Brick House Double Connecticut Corona Larga

Issue Date: March 20, 2018

Brick House Double Connecticut Corona Larga
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Corona Gorda

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88

points

Punch Punch EMS

Issue Date: October 1, 2018

Punch Punch EMS
  • Country: Honduras
  • Price: $5.99
  • Size: Lonsdale

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87

points

A. Flores Gran Reserva 1975 Desflorado Half Corona
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.09
  • Size: Odd

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87

points

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2018

La Aurora 1962 Corojo Robusto
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.75
  • Size: Robusto

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87

points

La Galera Maduro Chaveta

Issue Date: June 1, 2018

La Galera Maduro Chaveta
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $5.95
  • Size: Robusto

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87

points

Nat Cicco Aniversario 1965 Liga No. 4 Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 2018

Nat Cicco Aniversario 1965 Liga No. 4 Robusto
  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00
  • Size: Robusto

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