Cigars are growing more popular but many new cigar enthusiasts lack the experience and education necessary to pick bargain cigars that still provide a quality smoking experience. Cigar magazines provide a wealth of information about picking the best inexpensive cigars and can help shoppers from making poor selections. Shoppers should consider price, rating and method of storage.
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Best Bargain Cigars of 2010
"Cigar Aficionado" magazine picked its best bargain cigars for 2010. The magazine classified any cigar with a rating over 88 and a price under £3 as a Best Buy. The Best Buys included C.A.O. La Traviata Divino ($4.95), La Aroma de Cuba Robusto ($5.25) and Vallejuelo Robusto Gordo ($5.00), all with ratings of 93. Alec Bradley Family Blend D3, La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 3 and Vallejuelo Gran Toro followed on the list with scores of 92.
Best Bargain Cigars of 2009
"Cigar Aficionado" magazine's picks for 2009 differed from its picks the subsequent year. In 2009, the magazine rated Brick House Churchill ($5.75), Hoyo de Tradición Corona ($5.49), both from Honduras, and Oliva Serie O Torpedo ($5.60), from Nicaragua as the Best Buys, each scoring 91 points. Scoring 90 points was the Ambos Mundos No. 1 Toro ($5.25), from Nicaragua.
How Cigars are Rated
Stogy Fresh, a website devoted to cigars, considers three characteristics when determining the quality of a cigar. It may consider the cigar's look and feel, including the wrapper. It may consider flavour and aroma, which is inherently subjective. Smell and taste can be described as harsh, bitter, spicy or bland. Finally, it considers a cigar's burn. Cigars should burn consistently, with an ash that sticks together.
Other Dangers when Shopping for Bargain Cigars
The Cigars Magazine website warns readers to take care when shopping for apparent bargains. The magazine advises shoppers to check boxes carefully, as some machine-made cigars may use the famous Havana labels. Shoppers may not be allowed to examine the condition of duty-free boxed cigars and should exercise caution. Small tobacco stores and news-stands may not properly store cigars, thus affecting the quality of their stock.
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