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INFLATION BUSTER: Nine Great Cigars Under $7

Inflation Buster

The White House can deny it all they want but your bank account balance at the end of the month doesn’t lie. Therefore our Inflation Buster series rolls on with a group of smokes that garnered ratings of 90 or higher with an MSRP of $7 or below. For obvious reasons, state taxes were not taken into account.

Oliva Serie G

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MSRP: $6.56 Rating: 91

Wrapper: Cameroon; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Torpedo; Length: 6 1/2; Ring: 52

Opens with tons of dark chocolate, earth, and smooth pepper complemented by notes of roasted nuts, cedar, and a rich, leather aroma. This square-pressed torpedo draws and burns impeccably while producing a excellent smoke output. Medium strength.

Joya Black

2 68


MSRP: $6.70 Rating: 91

Wrapper: Mexico; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Nocturno; Length: 6 1/4; Ring: 46

A well-balanced blend with a flavorful profile of earth, dark chocolate,
black cherry, and roasted nuts accompanied by a touch of spice.
Produces an excellent smoke output and leaves behind a beautiful,
compact ash.

Epic New Wave Connecticut

3 65

Dominican Republic

MSRP: $6.95 Rating: 91

Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua & DR
Vitola: Brillantes; Length: 5; Ring: 50

Creamy and ultra-flavorful with a profile of white pepper, wood, and caramel accompanied by a rich aroma of leather. This consistently well constructed robusto provides a firm draw and leaves behind a light gray ash. Medium bodied.

Diesel Sunday Gravy

4 59


MSRP: $4.99 Rating: 90

Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: San Marzano; Length: 6; Ring: 54

Delivers a flavorful medium bodied profile with a combination of sweet and savory spices including cayenne pepper, cardamom, and cumin balanced by subtle notes of sweet cedar, molasses, and a touch of dried fruit. Consistently well-constructed delivering a flawless draw and burn.

Charter Oak Connecticut

5 52


MSRP: $6.10 Rating: 90

Wrapper: USA/Connecticut; Binder: Indonesia; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Rothschild; Length: 4 1/2; Ring: 50

Covered with a thin, light brown wrapper with a velvet feel, this mild to medium bodied robusto provides an easy draw with an excellent smoke output. Delivers a core of earth, smooth pepper, cashew, and a touch of cocoa powder.

Zino Nicaragua

6 47


MSRP: $6.50 Rating: 90

Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & DR
Vitola: Robusto; Length: 5 ; Ring: 54

Covered with a clean and neatly applied light brown wrapper. This medium bodied robusto delivers notes of red pepper, savory spices, earth, and subtle hazelnut complemented by a sweet almond cream finish. Impeccably constructed leaving behind a solid, compact ash.

Crowned Heads Juarez

7 37


MSRP: $6.95 Rating: 90

Wrapper: Mexico; Binder: Ecuador; Filler: Nicaragua & DR
Vitola: Jack Brown; Length: 5 ; Ring: 56

Well-constructed and flavorful, this medium strength robusto provides a perfect draw producing an abundant smoke output with notes of bitter cocoa, molasses, and earth balanced by a ripe fruit sweetness on the finish.

JFR Corojo

8 35


MSRP: $6.99 Rating: 90

Wrapper: Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Super Toro; Length: 6 1/2; Ring: 52

Consistently well constructed, this medium plus bodied blend is covered with velvet smooth wrapper, topped with a tight pigtail, and finished with a covered foot. Delivers flavors of sweet cedar, soft pepper, baking spices, and roasted nuts.

HVC Pan Caliente

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MSRP: $7.00 Rating: 90

Wrapper: Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Double Corona; Length: 5 5/8; Ring: 46

A flavorful thick corona with a balanced core of earth, smooth pepper, and roasted nuts complemented by a subtle note of sweet wood. Draws and burns impeccably while producing a generous smoke output and leaving behind a light gray ash.

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