I recently read a piece over on GQ which essentially said that Cuban cigars are now to be considered a luxury item, in the same bracket as fine French Wines and Beluga Caviar. I love a good cigar in fact I no longer smoke cigarettes at all, mainly as they are far inferior to a cigar, even something as common and everyday as a Hamlet or a Cafe Creme is far and away above even the best and most expensive of cigarettes. But the main thing this GQ article highlighted, as well as what my own experience has shown me, is that Cuban Cigars are only going to get more expensive, and my budget isn’t going to be able to stretch to humidors full of Monetcristo’s and Cohiba’s
About £3-£5 per cigar, but you can pick a box of 25 for about £55 and they last about 20 mins to half an hour per smoke, depends on the smoker. A good flavour, but nothing too complicated, it was one of the first real cigars I got to grips with, and do keep some about the house to this day – they’re 4 inches long and 3 cm across. The tobacco itself is Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos, combined with a hand selected Ecuadoran shade wrapper manufactured in Nicaragua
£6-£8 per smoke a box of 5 will cost you anywhere between £30- £50 depending on your dealer. These are the big mothers that you think of when you cigars, at 6 inches long 4cm across this really is probably the best buy of the budget Cuban cigars, as you get a lot of smoke for your money, in fact whilst the flavour is nothing to write about, so I won’t in much detail, its pleasant enough and if you smoke it right can last up to an hour.
Henri Wintermans- Corona Deluxe
Dutch Manufacture using Sumatran tobacco, this one is probably one of the most common cigars in the UK it’ll cost you less than a fiver and is probably what you’ll see someone smoking on a night out, which in itself invites all sort of enquiries from the usual cheap rolly riff raff, its actually not too bad for a mass produced, pre cut, cheap, tubed thing, but given its relative size 4 1/2 inches long and 4.2cm across it doesn’t last all that long, somewhere between 20-30 minutes, I mean if you’re having one in a smoking garden just make sure get a pint in before you light up.
This one I only tried for the first time the other day. I was looking for something that would work well on a night out, and I picked up a pack of 5 for £13, they’re 4 inches long, 3.7 cm wide, produced in Switzerland, using Cuban tobacco seeds, they last about 25-30 mins and they also look the part.
Romeo y Julieta -Petit Julietas
You can get these Cuban bad boys for about £30 for a pack of 5 they rank in at 4 inches long and 30mm across they’re full of flavour and you can begin to see why the Cuban cigars are the talk of the world when it comes to cigars. These are a short smoke lasting only 20 minuets or so, but they do pack a lot in in that brief time.