My best UK budget cigars Part 3: £12 or less per cigar
Here is the final part of my best budget cigars available in the UK. This one includes those that are £12 and under, or just a little bit more if you are feeling like a treat. All prices and links are correct as of 1st April 2021. Once again my criteria for a cigar to appear on this list are as follows:
- They must be available to buy online in the UK.
- I must have smoked and enjoyed them at least once.
- I must have taken enough notes in order to make a concise review.
Not every cigar is available for the same price everywhere in the UK. During my research I have found that prices can differ by a couple of pounds so I have linked through to the cheapest I could find it online at the time of writing. I have not included postage prices as a lot of online retails offer free delivery on orders over a certain value. Also, you may be lucky enough to be able to visit the shops in question.
BUDGET CIGARS – £12 AND UNDER
I’m going to kick off this section of my budget cigars with a short smoke that punches well above its vitola. Clocking in as a gordito and apparently taking about 30 minutes of your time, this Costa Rican cigar has a lot of flavour packed into a comparatively small cigar. My full review of this delicious little cigar can be found here, but take my smoking time with a big pinch of salt – I can be quite the chatterbox at times.
Despite it be some time since I enjoyed this specific cigar, I can still remember it so it must have been a good one so definitely makes my top budget cigars list. As I recall, this was one of the first cigars I ever managed to long ash which says all you need to know about the construction. Flavour wise, I got a lot of creamy chocolate as you might expect from a Nicaraguan maduro cigar, but there was also a lovely amount of sweet, rich spices and notes of Chinese Lantern fruit.
The first Cuban cigar in this section is a double figurado that has had a home in my humidor since it was first suggested to me back in 2010. Light and creamy in aroma with sandalwood and dried fruits and ginger all making an appearance as you smoke your way through this little beauty. For more of my thoughts, my review can be found here.
For a long time my favourite vitola was a rubusto. It seemed to be just the right length and ring gauge to match the time I had to give a cigar. It probably then comes as no surprise that a robusto I have smoked many times over the years makes it on to my list of best budget cigars. This Peruvian puro has hints of mild pepper with peaty flavours and citrus undertones. Towards the nub it does tend to get rather full on with the jalapeño chillies, but a good purge with the lighter will clean things up beautifully.
This amazing cigar hales from the Dominican Republic and what a superb smoke it is! There is no band on this cigar, rather a monogram that you smoke through when you arrive at it. This toro extra made it on to my top cigars of 2020 so at £11, it inevitably had make it onto this list of top budget cigars. For my full review of this sublime cigar click here.
I have long enjoyed La Invicta cigars, and while the Honduran maduro corona made part two of my budget cigars list, it is the turn of the Nicaraguan blend on part three. The second gordito on the list, this is quite a powerhouse with flavours of leather, cedar and hits of spice make this a very enjoyable smoke.
I think most of the Inka Secret Blend Red line could have made it to one of these articles, but I chose another short, stubby cigar. Another Peruvian puro and once again well constructed with long filler cigar, this one has a sweet flavour running right through from the first light with subtle notes of leather and chocolate ebbing and flowing.
I recently smoked another of these Costa Rican beauties and that secured it a place on my best budget cigars list. For just 25p more that its little brother the El Nino, I think this is slightly better value if you have the time to spend with it. Once again I got delicious sweet spices, dried fruits and a beautifully rich and creamy smoke from foot to nub. My full review can be found here if you want to read more about my final pick on this list.
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JUST A BIT MORE
If you are up for pushing the boat out and spending a little bit more, I would recommend the Brick House Robusto Classic Cigar. Coming in just over budget at £12.65 this is a lovely cigar that is well worth trying. Click here to read my review.
What cigars do you think should have made it to my Best Budget Cigars list? Please comment below or message me through the Contact Pandora page if you have a recommendation. If you want to go back to Part One or Part Two of this article please do, and until next time, happy smoking my friends.