There’s a good chance you’re paying more than you need to for that cigar.
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…
About the Author
The Cigar Don is the lead copywriter for StogieBoys.com, America's fasted growing cigar retailer. He is also the founder and editor of TheCigarDon.com, 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.