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What Does a Good Cigar Cost?
  • July 19, 2012 : 17:07
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Like anything else in life, the higher the price of a cigar, the better, right?  I’m not so sure on this one. 

I’ve been smoking cigars avidly for over a decade, and I have consistently found high-quality cigars for half the cost of the most popular high-end premium brands, which can cost anywhere from $10 to $25 or more. I am not here to bash the big brands like Macanudo, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, Partagas and others, but simply to assure you that there are cigars out there providing great quality, plenty of body and great taste — with a much lower price tag.

How can this be, you ask? A few reasons — some of them just plain marketing dynamics and some changes in the cigar industry over the years.

The tried-and-true brands are very good, to be sure, and they have largely earned their reputation with things like quality tobacco, blending and craftsmanship. But, like popular brands of other consumer products, a significant portion of the price is derived from the popularity of the brand itself rather than the quality of the materials and workmanship. Other cigar manufacturers have been able to produce good-quality cigars with good construction and long filler tobaccos but maintain a price point that is a fraction of the cost of the well-established brands.

Also, more and more good-quality tobaccos have been developed in a number of regions around the world, like the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. These tobaccos are in good supply and readily available to newcomers and established manufacturers alike.

To find the gems that deliver good quality, taste and body at a reasonable price, you have to do some work. But don’t fret; you’ll have tons of fun doing it. And there’s more good news: the Cigar Don will help you find a few to start out with. Check out these selections…


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The Cigar Don is the lead copywriter for, America's fasted growing cigar retailer. He is also the founder and editor of, a leading cigar blog that delivers "real cigar talk to cigar guys." The Don knows his cigars and loves to talk about them with anyone that will listen. He's anything but a cigar snob. He will drop cigar knowledge on your, but he'll do it with plain talk every time.

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  • Anonymous
    I agree I've been smoking cigars for the10-15 years, and no doubt the big names do produce good cigars, but I often find it difficult to drop $10 plus on a cigar, I generally try and look at region, color & fragrence to determine if it's suitable.I found that the corojo's generally are very tasty.
  • Anonymous
    Im a fan of the domestic white label Montecristos. Very smooth and mild. I had a Montecristo Conde over the weekend which wasnt too bad, but it was pricey at $16. Id be happier with three decent $6 cigars instead!
  • Anonymous
    Some good choices, though Perdomo is not as inexpensive as they once were. There are a plethora of very good cigars that are even less expensive than the ones listed above, depending on how one likes his (or her) cigar.