We won’t deny that, sometimes, smoking cigars is not the cheapest of habits or hobbies. That being said, for the quality of a good cigar and the amount of skilled work that goes into making each stick, there are some good deals out there that are worth every penny.
However, there are also a number of cigars that are likely to break the bank; we take a look at the top eleven most expensive cigars in the world!
11. Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF $55 (£40)
These cigars are in high demand yet prove very hard to find given its limited production run each year. Made from Dominican tobacco, the Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF is a flavourful smoke.
Released in 1995, these stogies have long featured on many a collector’s bucket list. As the name may suggest, these are pretty big cigars, with a ring gauge of 64 and a length of around 7-inches.
While currently selling for around $55 each, as demand grows and rarety increases for these cigars, it is likely that the price will soon be pushed up again!
10. The AniverXario $7500 (£5400) per box
Created as a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Arturo Fuente company, these limited edition cigars were only available to be bought in a special humidor containing 96 pieces.
Four humidor options were available; ebony, maple, sycamore and walnut. There were also two types of wrapper, the darker sun grown leaf, or the lighter natural wrapper.
9. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve $750 (£540) each $15,000 (£10801) box
The Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve are very rare, with only 100 of these cigars made each year. The pre-order list is consistently pretty extensive, with people waiting years for a taste of these cigars.
Originally, this 7.5 x 52 stogie was only sold to dignitaries, and it’s easy to see why when looking at how it is made. Part of the reason for the limited release and exclusivity of this cigar is the Connecticut Madura wrapper, which is aged for fifteen years before making its way around the twelve-year-old binder and filler from the Dominican Republic.
To make it even more special, the filler is also infused in Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac, to make it even more aromatic. This Cognac alone costs a whopping $2500!
8. Cohiba Behike $18,000 (£12,962) per box
Cohiba is one of the best-loved Cuban cigar brands, so to commemorate the companies 40th anniversary these cigars were released. Grown and blended at El Laguito Cohiba factory, the cigars measure 7.5 in length with a 52 ring gauge.
This edition was very limited, with only 100 boxes sold containing 40 cigars each, meaning that there are only 4000 of these stogies in existence. This rarity is one of the key reasons behind the hefty price tag.
7. Arturo Fuente Opus X $30,000 (£21,603) per box
First produced in 1993, the Arturo Fuente Opus X was released in 2003 as a 10th anniversary edition cigar. Measuring 9 ¼ x 47 all aspects of this mild cigar are from the Dominican Republic.
If lucky enough to smoke one of these, then you will notice hints of jalapeño. Each humidor contains 100 cigars, costing $30,000 for the box… what an absolute bargain!!
6. Gurkha Black Dragon $1150 (£828) each or $23,000 (£16,562) for a box of 20
The Black Dragon was a very limited edition cigar released in 2006. With a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, five-year-aged Dominican filler and binder from Cameroon, the stogie is quite large, measuring 8 ½-inches with a 52 ring gauge.
The Black Dragon is said to have a very complex flavour, giving off both sweet and sour notes. To make it even fancier, and perhaps to justify the price a little, the cigars also come displayed in a box that has been hand-carved from camel bone!
5. King of Denmark $4,500 (£3,240)
It could be argued that these cigars are called the King of Denmark as only royalty would be able to afford them! Really, it is all of the customisable extra features that bump up the price tag on these stogies, which are decorated with gold foil, studded with Swarovski crystals and feature a band embossed with the buyer’s name.
These cigars are also rather rare, as a maximum of thirty are created each day of production. If that isn’t enough, then you can also acquire a matching humidor plated in 24k gold for an extra $8,500… what an utter steal!
4. Regius Double Corona $52,785.20 (£40,000)
The hefty price tag is not just for the cigars in question, but rather an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. Regius Cigars, based in Britain, offers a special edition Double Corona like no other – quite literally, as to buy it involves flying first class to their headquarters and developing your very own unique blend!
The price also covers 1000 of your custom creations, which actually isn’t too bad value for something so unique, at around $52 each! The last recorded purchase of this package was in 2013, so it’s clear there aren’t that many cigar lovers out there willing to splash quite this much cash around…
3. Gran Habano No. 5 “El Gigante” $185,000 (£133,218)
The El Gigante is the world’s biggest cigar, at 19-feet long, with a ring gauge of 1920. Making up this gigantic stogie is around 1600 pounds of tobacco. This is roughly the same weight as around 25,000 standard sized cigars. The El Gigante is so big, in fact, that forty people could have smoked it at once! It was actually not created to be sold, rather to be displayed during trade shows. Yet, it was purchased by a dedicated collector for $185,000!
2. Mayan Sicars $507,000 (£365,090)
These cigars originate from the Maya civilisation and are thought to be at least 600 years old. Discovered in Guatemala in 2012, these cigars were found in a clay pot labelled ‘sicars’. This is where the modern word for ‘cigars’ is believed to have originated. The stogies are so well preserved that they could still be smoked; if you were willing to literally burn away half a million, that is!
1. Gurkha Royal Courtesan $1.36 million (£979,669)
Gurkha has featured a few times on this list, but none quite reach the price of this stogie – the most expensive cigar in the world!
The Gurkha Royal Courtesan is handmade in the Dominican Republic and Hondurus using Himalayan tobacco, which has been watered with Fiji water.
The cigar is wrapped in gold leaf and held together with a band that is studded with diamonds! It is then infused with Remy Martin’s Black Pearl Louis XIII, which costs $224,000 a bottle.
The torcedors who craft these cigars are made to work blindfolded to avoid distraction, with only a few select hand rollers permitted to create the cigars.
While some of these may be a little out of your price range, we have plenty of top quality cigars online available for you to buy now!