Long thought of as a habit for the wealthy, cigars have a certain association with both luxury and extravagance. But what are the most expensive, the creme-de-la-creme, the best out there cigars? Here are some of them.
Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar
That is 1 million dollars per cigar. Yes for just one. Gurkha Cigars crafted this epitome of luxury with an unrivaled attention to details. This million dollar cigar is infused with the incomparable Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII, which sells for $165,000 per bottle.
Only an exclusive group of rollers are hand selected to roll these cigars. Beyond even that criteria the artisan rollers are blindfolded to ensure minimal distractions and to focus their attention to their hands while rolling.
That glow is stunning and created by wrapping each cigar in gold leaf, but what of the tobacco leaf you ask? Well, the tobacco leaf is a rare himalayan tobacco watered only with Fiji water. Cultivated, aged, and catered through the cigar process with exquisite care and attention to detail. The band is studded with diamonds totalling five carats. A ring far superior to most engagement bands.
Once ordered a messenger wearing white gloves will hand deliver this cigar to your home, ensuring personal service and opulence on every step of its journey.
Gran Habano No 5. ‘El Gigante’
Almost more a novelty than a true cigar, this is the worlds biggest cigar. It’s ring gauge is a whooping 1,920. The amount of tobacco used to make it was 1,600 pounds, approximately enough to make 25,000 normal cigars. Sold for $185,000 this cigar could be hypothetically smoked by 40 people at once.
King of Denmark Cigar
A luxury customizable cigar that is crafted to the buyers specifications. Options include gold foiling, inscription or the addition of precious metals and diamonds. Most commonly sold with a custom humidor made of sterling silver and plated in 24k gold. The humidor will set you back $8,500 and each cigar will cost $4,500 per cigar.
Gurkha Black Dragon
Released in 2006 these limited edition lovelies are a 52 ring gauge and 8.5 inches long. The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. With a binder of Cameroon and a filler of a 5 year aged Dominican. Each cigar is packed in an individual frosted tube, then placed in a leather box with distinctive orange velvet and placed in a chest carved from camel bone.
The name comes from the unique experience of this cigar, it is a delectibly complex smoke ranging from sour to sweet throughout its length.
Priced at $1,150 per cigar.
Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve
Only 100 boxes are produced annually causing enthusiasts to preorder years in advance. Sized at 7.5 inches by 52 ring gauge this Gurkha is made of 15 year old Connecticut Maduro. The Dominican binder and filler is aged 12 years. The filler is infused with aromatic Louis XIII cognac.
Approximately $750 per cigar
The Mayan Sicars
800 of these rare pre-columbian cigars were discovered in Guatemala in 2012. The cigars date back over 600 years ago, and almost unbelievable are still smokeable today. Tobacco enthusiasts scrambled to acquire these prizes. A true legendary addition to the humidor.
Known as the Mayan Sicars, they were discovered by a team of archeologists from Tampa University. These academically inclined professional diggers were stunned to discover the immaculate condition of these cigars. They were sealed into clay pots and buried well below the surface. Luckily modern humidors are more accessible. THe noted proprietor of Santiago CIgar Factory in Rochester, New York purchased the collection at auction for $507,000.
Around $634 per cigar
So popular after its 2006 release Cohiba has since made a less exclusive version of this cigar. Named Behike in honor of a noted leader of the Taino Indians. The original cigars were limited to 100 humidors each housing 40 hand rolled cigars.
This is the world's most expensive cuban cigar still in production.
Made from a cultivated blend from the Vuelto and Pinar del Rio regions this cigar was rolled at El Laguito Cohiba factory. The humidors were made by noted French humidor crafter Elie Blue of skate skin, bone, and ebony.
The boxes cost around $18,000 or $450 per cigar.
Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd.
Produced in 2003 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Opus X, 100 humidors were made. Each humidor contains 100 Opus X cigars.
The limited edition humidors came in several finishes and colors. The taste of these cigars is vaulted and sworn to by connoisseurs across the world. Each box originally sold for $10,000 but has risen to $30,000 since then. Pricing each stick at $300.
Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2001, The Arturo Fuente company created limited edition cigar boxes containing 96 cigars in which 46 were wrapped with Maduro wrappers and 46 with an alternative natural wrapper.
Humidor options wew ebony, maple, sycamore, and walnut, though all lined with spanish cedar.
Made with tobacco aged 7 years these cigars have a unique punch and are said to be a strong but wonderful experience. The wrappers come from Chateau de la Fuente in the Dominica Republic. These cigars have since been re-released but sell out at a remarkable speed.
A box is $7,500 for 96 cigars, but have been on the market for $163 per cigar as well.
With that we have ten of the worlds most luxurious smokes. Some with gold and jewels others relying only on artisan craftsmanship and rarity to increase their price point. Whatever cigar you decide to buy, you'll need a cigar holder for when you want to put it down for a while. The Stage V cigar holder was specifically designed for that purpose.