Smoking cigars has been enjoyed by people around the world for hundreds of years, but only in the last century or so has it become associated with the wealthy. There's a wide variety of cigars available, each with its own flavor and characteristics that are tied to its origins. The finest cigars in existence are not just made of the best tobacco, they're also swathed in exquisite wrappers and hand rolled with the utmost precision and care.
Here are the ten most expensive cigars that money can buy.
10. Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF - $55 each
Arturo Fuente is an American cigar brand that got its start in Florida in 1912. A fire stopped its production for several years, and then it re-launched in the 1940s. From the 60s onward, Arturo Fuente became one of the world's largest producers of premium cigars. The Opus X BBMF has a limited production run each year. These cigars are highly praised for their flavor and are made of tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic.
9. King of Denmark - $150 each
The Royal Danish Cigar Company is the maker of one of the world's most expensive cigars, the King of Denmark. The $150 price tag is due to the cigars being personalized and their limited production -- up to 30 are created each day. Every single King of Denmark cigar is rolled with a superb blend of tobacco, studded with several Swarovski crystals, wrapped in gold foil, and then embossed with the buyer's name.
8. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve - $750 each or $15,000 per box
There are premium cigars, and then there's the Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve, which carries a price tag of $750 per cigar or $15,000 for a box. Each of these cigars contains aged tobacco that's 18 years old, which is said to lend Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve its distinguished flavor profile. To make the taste and aroma even more complex, each cigar is soaked in Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac -- a bottle of the brandy alone costs $2,500.
7. Gurkha Black Dragon - $1,150 each or $115,000 per box
Gurkha is the producer of another one of the most expensive cigars, the Black Dragon. It's a 2006 limited edition release, and each cigar is comprised of the finest tobaccos from all over the world. These are prestigious, the epitome of luxury, and few are able to get their hands on one.
6. The AniverXario -$7,500 per box
As one of the most well-respected producers of premium cigars in the industry, it's no surprise that Arturo Fuente appears several times on this list. Their most expensive cigars were created to coincide with a company milestone, which is the case with the AniverXario. This particular cigar was created to honor Arturo Fuente's 100th anniversary, and it could only be bought in limited edition humidors that each contained 96 pieces.
All of the AniverXario cigars were placed in sun grown or natural wrappers, and the tobacco inside was aged for seven years to develop its flavor profile. Those lucky enough to buy these cigars were able to choose between a humidor made of ebony, sycamore, maple, or walnut wood.
5. Cohiba Behike - $18,000 per box
Cuba is renowned worldwide for its cigars, and Cohiba is one of the most esteemed cigar producers in the country. To celebrate the company's 40th anniversary, the Cohiba Behike was released. 4,000 of the hand rolled cigars were produced and placed in just 100 limited edition humidors containing 40 pieces each. Rarity is a large part of the reason why Cohiba Behike cigars are so expensive.
4. Arturo Fuente Opus X - $30,000 per box
Arturo Fuente's Opus X cigar was first produced in 1993. In 2003, the company debuted the Opus X Edition cigar to commemorate the line's 10th anniversary. Each limited edition humidor contained 100 cigars and was available in a selection of colors and finishes. The taste is said to be among the best available anywhere on the planet -- at $30,000 per box, that's definitely a good thing.
3. Regius Double Corona - $52,785.20
British company Regius Cigars produces the special edition Double Corona, which is so expensive due to all that the buyer receives. When you purchase the Double Corona you don't just get a cigar -- you get the chance to fly first class to the Regius headquarters, help develop your own unique blend, and then receive 1,000 of the custom creations.
The last person on record to buy the Double Corona was a wealthy entrepreneur named Callum Jones. He made his purchase in 2013, and upon sampling his cigars said the flavor was smooth and sweet to the last puff. The price for the experience was 40,000 British Pounds, or $52,785.20.
2. Gran Habano No. 5 “El Gigante” -$185,000
Corojo's Gran Habano No. 5 El Gigante isn't just one of the most expensive cigars that one can buy, it's also physically the largest. Imagine puffing on a cigar that's big enough to be a parade float -- that's the experience of smoking the El Gigante. Up to 40 people can enjoy it at a time by smoking through a specially designed tubing system. This massive luxury cigar is 19 feet long and weighs 1,600 pounds.
10. Mayan Sicars - $507,000
The Mayans were making cigars, referred to as sicars or sikars, since at least the 12th century. After encountering their practice of making and smoking cigars in the 15th century, Christopher Columbus is said to have brought tobacco to Europe. These Mayan sicars are some of the most well preserved examples ever found. They sold for over half a million dollars at auction, but these aren't just any ordinary cigar -- they're literally ancient. They were discovered in 2012 in a Guatemalan village and revealed to be at least 600 years old. Technically, these extremely rare cigars could be smoked. However, it's hard to imagine that the owners of these will dare take a light to them.
Written by Garrett Parker
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