Cheap Smoke: Bahia Gold Maduro

Bahia GoldStrength : Full Bodied
Origin : Nicaragua
Wrapper : Maduro
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : ~$4.95
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This review is submitted by Goin' Fer Smoke and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

This is a fantastic cigar I highly recommend. Yes it comes in just under the radar on price but it is well worth it. It is very well constructed. I only have checked out this first one and letting the others age. It was very smooth and lightly veined on the wrapper.. The wrapper was an oily dark almost black in appearance. According to the makers: "Bahia Gold Maduro cigars feature a 4-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, 4-year-old Dominican binder, and 3-year-old Dominican and Nicaraguan filler blend."

Upon lighting it, the draw was very easy, the cigar itself was solidly rolled and I was surprised by how easy it did draw... it had a leathery taste and a hint of chocolate to it.. while it is supposed to be full-bodied either I am getting more conditioned to better cigars or this one was what I would consider more medium-full. It delivered an abundance of smoke and that was not surprising due to the easy draw.

The ash held true and had to be knocked off but I could easily have kept it on almost down to the nub.

Thoroughly enjoyable, I could not put it down and actually had to mentally remind myself to let some time elapse between each draw... it was THAT good.

I am thinking of trying some of the other Bahias now that I have tried this one, but again I profess I am partial to maduros and this one I would not be hesitant or ashamed to give as a gift to anyone. As a matter of fact I have a buddy who is new to cigar smoking and I sent him a couple to try out. We will see what he thinks of them.

Even though i just got finished I am already tempted to pull out another and light it up... If you have moochers that come around, slap one of these on them, they will think you accidently gave them one of your expensive sticks.

It never turned harsh or bitter even as it got down to the nub though it did get a little stronger it by no means became less enjoyable...

I have read reviews saying it tastes of coffee, caramel, pepper, and dry cocoa (I am not that discerning) and I would definitely give this a rating on the higher end of the point scale...

Appearance : ★★★★☆
Construction : ★★★★★
Flavor : ★★★★☆
Value : ★★★★☆

With this stated, it is a great smoke, price COULD be better but it is still under $5 and if you know how to use a search engine and pay attention to deals you can find it much cheaper which would bump the value up to a 5.

Happy smoke trails to ya!

Cheap Smoke: Padron 2000 Maduro

Padron 2000 Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : ~$3.00
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This review is submitted by YelleN and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

Appearance : ★★★★★
The Padron 2000 Maduro has the looks and feel of E.T.'s finger. The cigar is box pressed, it's bumpy with a rugged almost paper sand feel. Very oily with some sheen here and there. Very dark black chocolate wrapper. This description could seem as mostly negative points, but in fact it's what makes this cigar unique and bold.

Construction : ★★★★★
The draw on this Padron is amazing. Since it's a bit bumpy you could expect it to be plugged or loose, but no effort is required and it is definitively not an air pipe. The ash is firm and white with some gray waves and the burn is always even. The smoke on this stick is pure joy, I find myself constantly playing with the white thick smoke, I just can't get bored with it, an hour of pleasure. You can always rely on this stick.

Flavor : ★★★★★
The pre-light smell on the foot and wrapper are typical of a maduro cigar. Nice chocolaty with some hints of barnyard. The first puff gives you all that you want. A little spice with roasted coffee beans and smoothness, a creaminess. The first third on this cigar is the same delight of coffee and spice with little notes of pepper and cream. On the second third, the pepper disappears a little to amplify the smoothness and creaminess, but the coffee is still present, and the spice is here too, something like nutmeg. The last third reintroduces some pepper with the same cafe latte and spice. A real heaven of a creamy cigar.

Value : ★★★★★
For a cigar this cheap, and so flavorful, what can go wrong? Nothing. This is one of the best cigars at this price that you should always have in your humidor. Be it for on the go smoke, for a moment of relaxation or for the some me time. Go get it, NOW.

Thumbs Up!

Cheap Smoke: Quintero Nacionales

Quintero Nacionales

Origin : CubaQuintero cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 40
Price : ~$2.50
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This review is submitted by MaltaMan and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

I was sold a box of 25 of these cigars here in Malta which only cost me €42.00.

Now you get what you pay for and I usually smoke Partagas, R & J, Ramon Allones and other quality cigars.

I considered this cigar to be weak in earthy and tobacco tastes and with sugary herbaceous flavours. The cigar burned quickly and with lots of smoke.

Would I purchase this cigar again? The answer is an emphatic NO, well only if it were given to me free. Otherwise I shall stick with quality cigars in future.

Cheap Smoke: Perdomo Fresco Torpedo

Perdomo Fresco Torpedo

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Price : ~$3
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This review is submitted by MoBarbq (Wes) and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

This is the epitome of a bargain/value cigar, as I see it. The Cigar Authority recently featured Nick Perdomo talking about a little demo he likes to pull on tours of his factory. He takes out a Perdomo Fresco (without a band) and hands them out to the group, asks them to smoke it, and then tell him what they would be willing to pay for such a cigar. To noted praise about the stick from the group, many say $8 or $9. He then tells them what it is they are smoking, and says it sells for $3.00. Many are shocked. I'm guessing that before this experience, some of those in the crowd probably would have never purchased a $3 cigar, so it is a good lesson that all of us can learn from: Don't let the lower price tag lead you to a premature judgment about a cigar.

This is a bundled cigar that does not taste or smoke like a bundled cigar! I've been smoking these for going on two years now. I have tried all the vitolas, but have to say I like the torpedo vitola the best. It has a nice weighty feel to the hand, with a larger ring gauge and a beautiful sheen to the wrapper. They are well rolled and have a nice weight, making you realize there is a lot of tobacco in this cigar. This is a Nicaraguan puro with an earthy “barnyard” aroma to the wrapper and foot. As to appearances, the stick has a very fancy and colorful band, which is a clue that this is not a typical bundled cigar. Most bundled cigars are naked, but Perdomo even puts a fancy band on their low-end Fresco. The construction is excellent, and I have not had one yet that had any draw problems; they have always have a flawless draw for me. Sometimes I have to make a minor burn correction, but that is a small price to pay, and is no different from what I have to do with many cigars I smoke. I am sometimes known to be a biter, and the wrapper stands up well to being firmly held in the teeth. It smokes like cigars I have paid much more for. The bundle can be found in the mid to high $40 range and that is for a bundle of 25, not 20-as many manufacturers have gone to. There are cheaper bundles out there, but I have had many of them, and none hold a candle to Fresco. As singles, I have paid anywhere from $3 to $3.95, with the other vitolas available for slightly less. It can be had in both Connecticut wrappers or Maduro, as I had here.

I would call this a medium-bodied cigar. With the Maduro, I routinely pick up some nuances of chocolate, as well as something akin to molasses, and sometimes notes of coffee. It produces plenty of smoke and the ash chunks off in about ½ inch segments, something which is nice for commuters to know, as it is conducive to smoking while driving -and not getting covered in ash. If you are looking for a good value cigar, you need look no further than Perdomo Fresco.

Thumbs Up!

Cheap Smoke: Brick House Robusto

Brick House Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Price : ~$5
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This review is submitted by Brian P and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

At First Glance

The Brick house Robusto has a rugged appearance with a weather worn wrapper, tiny tight veins running randomly throughout, and a slightly shimmery surface. Just gives you that “classic” impression. Nice cap with distinct lines making it very simple to cut properly. Overall construction is fairly tight, not really any soft spots. As odd as it is to say, it just feels balanced and good in your hand. Contrary to what some will say, you don’t get that with a lot of cigars. And give it a little sniff – an anticipatory teaser with deep oak and light floral scents.

Developing the Relationship

Responds well to toasting and gives off a light cedar bark type of aroma, very outdoorsy – kind of makes you want to sit around a campfire. Initial draws felt a bit firm but gradually opened up a tad bit. Smoke production was neither too much nor too little – perfect amount for rolling over your tongue to get the flavors without overpowering. A little dry at the first draw the smoke took on some moisture and oils and never let up after. The flavors create the perfect cycle – shake of pepper, small semblance of a kind of oak/cedar woodiness, and on the aftertaste almost a little minty/aged taste. I have to stress that this cycle continues throughout – consistency, balance, and near razor sharp burn. At no point is there any bite in the smoke or any lessening/overpowering of flavors. Smoke is perfect and feels great coming off your lips. Even down very close to the nub the tobacco doesn’t heat up and scorch your tongue.

Bottom Line

Make friends with this stick. This is a perfect cigar for nearly all occasions whether it’s paired with single malt in a lounge or a beer on a truck tailgate. It is hands down the most consistent stick I’ve experienced. Making Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list at number 17 with a 92 rating you simply can’t pass this one up. And since it’s specially made to be the perfect recession cigar ($4.95 dealer dependent) even Congress wouldn’t cut its funding!

Thumbs Up!

Mataza Robusto Gordo (by Alec Bradley)

Mataza Robusto Gordo

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto Gordo
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler : Nicaragua & Colombia
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $3.40-$4.00, $85/box of 25

Many of you out there won’t know much about this cigar unless you have read Stogie Guys’ take on this brand. Mataza is made by Alec Bradley, in Honduras, comprised of a multinational blend of tobaccos. Devan Brown, of Hiland's Cigars in Scottsdale (which is the only store known to have these cigars in stock at this moment) got in contact with us here at Cigar Inspector, and sent me a sampler of 6 cigars consisting of 3 robusto gordos (5x54) and 3 magnums (6x60). I smoked most of the samples and came to the conclusion that the robusto gordo was the better of the two and decided to accent this stick in this review. So here goes,….

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Cheap Smoke: Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Maduro

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Maduro Rothschild

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Price : ~$3.50
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This review is submitted by Lloyd L and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

My favorite 'cheap smoke' comes from one of the biggest names in the business, Arturo Fuente. Known for their uber-premium Opus X and Hemingway lines, it's nice to know that Arturo Fuente also makes quality cigars with a budget-friendly pricetag.

The cheap smoke that I really like is the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Maduro Rothschild. It's a mild to medium blend which has a nice cocoa flavor. At just under $4 a stick (when you buy a box), its a price that you just can't beat and a cigar you can afford to light up daily.

Thumbs Up!

Cheap Smoke: Pioneer Valley Especiales Maduro

Pioneer Valley Especiales Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Dominican/Nicaraguan mix
Binder : Connecticut
Price : on-line price for a box of 20 can be found for $29.99 ($1.50 per)
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This review is submitted by TJ and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

Pre-light

This cigar, in my opinion, has a gorgeous, very dark, wrapper. The wrapper is slightly toothy with a light oily sheen. The stick is firm, with no worrisome soft-spots and only a few prominent veins but not concerned about them affecting burn. A quick whiff and I’m met with a strong cedar scent, thanks to the cedar sleeve that covers more than a third of the stick. Behind that, I get the standard barnyard presence. Double band, red, that stands out against the nearly black wrapper. Straight cut, torch lit…

Pioneer Valley Especiales Maduro

The smoke

I’m not one to identify things such as saddle leather, black currant or green wood. Seriously, what the hell does leather taste like, and why would someone even know this? I focus on construction, draw, strength, burn and volume of smoke. I do appreciate the feel of the smoke in the mouth and make note when pleasing. Let's see how this cigar plays out.

The Pioneer Valley maduro burns like a champ. The several I’ve smoked produce a nice white ash that is fairly strong requiring no touch-ups, with a straight burn line that, when does get wavy, corrects itself. This is important to me as this is my fishing cigar and its constantly being bumped and put down, often going extended periods of time without attention. Draw tends to be on the loose side, maybe too loose for some. I have to remind myself to slow down as it tends to get hot if drawn to fast/often. I get a very, very mild nicotine flavor and rate this cigar in the medium category. This robusto produces a good amount of smoke, but it does not coat the mouth as a more expensive cigar might. For the price however, I don’t knock too many points off. I must point out that with the cedar sleeve on, and the age of the sticks in my collection, I do get a nice cedar taste; my horrible palate notwithstanding.

Pioneer Valley Especiales Maduro

The Verdict

The Pioneer Valley Maduro will not blow you away with multiple flavor profiles, nor will it be a stick you reach for on special occasions. This is a stick however, that I enjoy on a regular basis and bring fishing for a few reasons. First, it’s not a full bodied cigar which is great for early morning as is often the time I fish. I don’t need to worry about a full stomach before smoking one of these. Second, I don’t get upset if I have to put it down to handle a fish and it falls overboard, or gets stepped on. The low-cost of the cigar eases my mind that if it goes to waste I haven’t burned a hole in my wallet. Lastly, the great burn and short size of the robusto doesn’t force me to commit to a 2-hour smoke. 60 minutes or under affords me both the enjoyment of a cigar and the time to fish. This cheap smoke, one that I do not hesitate to hand to others, is certainly box-worthy for those of us not concerned about hints of raisins or earth.

Thumbs Up!

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