Buyer’s Remorse – Cheap Cigars

It happens. A lot. I’d go so far to say it happens even more when you’re a young, inexperienced cigar smoker, such as myself. Yeah, I’ve made plenty of buying mistakes. I’ve shopped online for cigars after a night at the pub–horrible horrible thing to do. I ended up with 50 cigars that ran only 80 cents each. They were horrible. Nasty. The worst. I punished myself too–I smoked every single one of them.


despite the long-filler claim, cheap cigars are usually full of crap. And taste like it

More recently I made an impulse buy on a box of cigars. They were much better than the above story, but by the time I got out the door and into my truck, I knew I had made a mistake. The cigars are OK, they’re not great. Rest isn’t going to help them. They’re still cheap cigars. I’m happy right now that I only have one left. I just got done with the second to last, and when the other is gone, I’m done with that whole brand. They’ve just been too hit-and-miss; even their better cigars.
Not my first AB American Sun Grown

Mediocre cigars will always be mediocre

What I’ve learned, at this point, is only buy cigars that you know are nothing short of excellent. Then, don’t buy too many of them. Tastes change. Buy 5 or 10 of them, and when you get done, and still like them, then go buy a box. One or two cigars aren’t enough, in my opinion, to say, “hey these are good cigars, buy a box,” but I have done that more than once. Every time, too, I have found that I don’t like them near as much as I thought. Stick to good cigars. Excellent cigars. Buy them only by the hand full at a time. Variety is the spice of life, and what keeps good cigars tasting great.

About the author

Isaac Miller is a stay at home dad, kayak fisherman and a cigar fiend.