It didn’t take long after my Top 5 Special Occasion Cigars post to start getting requests about what are some of my top choices for a everyday cigar. I was a bit conflicted on what price point to focus on for an everyday cigar. What I may feel comfortable paying for a cigar can vary from what others may feel comfortable with. Finally I decided to focus on cigars in the $5 to $8 range and are widely available. Your mileage will vary with price. I thought about using MSRP pricing but figured I’d be more realistic and base it on pricing at my local B&M. Why Top 7? Easy, there are seven days in a week, one everyday smoke for everyday of the week. The below list is in no particular order so when you can’t decide what to smoke, consult this list. Enjoy!
Brickhouse by JC Newman Cigar Company (Robusto) ($5.25) – While the Davidoff Special R has made a run lately for most appearances in the Week in Smoke series, the Brickhouse still has it beat. It is easy to write off cigars from JC Newman. Brands like Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown (outside of their lounges) aren’t cigars I see being smoked with regularity. I’m not shy to say that and neither should you. Like I said, its easy to say those things so you can easily dismiss their cigars. The Brickhouse on the other hand, out of their Nicaraguan factory, has surprised me. Solid medium bodied, toasty, nutty and woodsy flavor range.
CAO La Traviata (Animado) ($5.65) – A staple in my humidor and rotation. Along with the Brickhouse its one of the cigars that I automatically turn to when I’m just not sure what I want to smoke. Classic cigar with a enjoyable crisp, toasty flavor profile. The La Traviata is like a faithful companion, it’ll always be true and never let you down.
Padron 3000 Maduro ($6.60) – This is one of my favorite cigars to smoke. You more than get your monies worth. Easy on the wallet with lots of flavor, slow burn and consistent each and every time. When I smoke a Padron 3000 Maduro I always find it hard to buy something in the Anniversary line. When you talk about flavor, balance and consistency the Padron 3000 Maduro can go head to head with the Anniversary line and at the same time; save you some dollars.
La Riqueza #5 ($7.55)- I’ve said it many times, the La Riqueza line by Pete Johnson is the most underrated line in his arsenal of cigars. Beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper with a balanced flavor profile and body. The richness really pops in the small #5 format. If you see the La Riqueza #5, give it a try.
Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Sun Grown ($6.35) – I use the phrase “classic cigar” a lot and have a hard time explaining what I mean. When you smoke a 8-5-8 Sun Grown you will know it. A little bit of everything. The complexity and assortment of flavors astonishes me. No one flavor dominated but instead they all came together to create a unique flavor. Clean, crisp, balanced…smooth. You name it and the 8-5-8 Sun Grown had it. Classic cigar…
EPC New Wave Connecticut (Brillantes) ($6.00) – Undoubtedly its hard to think of a cigar thats created such a wave of enjoyment than the New Wave Connecticut. It doesn’t get much better than this and I’m not just talking in the context of Connecticut Shade wrappers. The New Wave Connecticut impressively smokes uniquely different than any other Connecticut Shade out there. With its fully defined and complex flavor profile you’d never guess this was a Connecticut. Plenty of woodsy flavors with a nice smooth buttery texture. Mmmmm…Ernesto has the hottest hands right now and those hands have redefined the Connecticut Shade wrapper.
La Aurora 107< (Robusto) ($7.35) – The 107 is consistent, dependable and never fails to deliver. I know, I just said three things that all mean the same thing. Flawless construction and woodsy to the core. The Lancero is a dreamy cigar but the Robusto is easier to find, falls into the $5-$8 range and still delivers a great smoking experience.