12 Most Expensive Cigars in the World

by: Esteban On  Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tags:  Cigars   Expensive   Leisure   Luxury   Rare  

most expensive cigars in the world

Every year, Cigar Aficionado publishes a list of the top 25 cigars in the world, and just about every year the average price of those cigars is around $12. On the 2011 version of the list, for example, the cigars range from $5 for the La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino (#18) to $32 for the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona (#15), and the top dog—the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill—comes in at just $10.25.

Now, while $10.25 might seem like a lot for a single smoke—what with the average price of a whole pack of cigarettes ranging from $5-$10 around North America—cigars aint cigarettes. Moreover, that’s just a fraction what it would cost you for a glass of the world’s top-rated wine, or a snifter of the world’s top-rated scotch. So when you think of it that way, that’s not such a bad price for a little bit of luxury.

Then again, just because Cigar Aficionado says the best cigar in the world only needs to run you $10.25, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people willing to pay a hell of a lot more for a single cigar.

How much are we talking about? Well, you’ll have to check out our list of the world’s most expensive cigars to find out.

12. Padron 1964 Anniversary Natural

#12 Padron-Anniversary-Natural-Cigar

Honestly, I never thought a list of the 12 most expensive cigars in the world would start at just $33. But if you find that a little disappointing, under the impression that this was to be a list of ridiculously-priced luxury items you could never afford—don’t worry. We’ll dispense with the “affordable” $30 cigars shortly. For now, just know that this line of Padron’s (which was introduced in 1994 to celebrate the Nicaraguan manufacturer’s 30th anniversary) is made from tobacco that’s aged for four years and has hints or cocoa and espresso. Or, should I say, supposedly has hints of cocoa and espresso. (I don’t smoke $33 cigars.)

11. Stadivarius Churchill

#11 stradivarius churchill

They named this one after a priceless violin, that way you know what you’re dealing with.

The lowest price I’ve seen for a single Stradivarius Churchill is $34.70, though you can get a box of 10 on sale occasionally for somewhere around $250. But since sales are temporary, we’re officially setting the price of this mild-to-medium bodied Dominican stick at $35…cause I always round up. Obviously, this one is named after British WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill—the cigar, like the man, has rather generous portions.

10. Davidoff Royal Salomones

#10 Davidoff Royal Salomones

The famous Davidoff brand was founded by a Ukranian living in Switzerland and became famous for cigars made in Cuba. Alas, today Davidoff cigars are made in the Dominican Republic instead of Cuba, but they’re still highly respected.

The Royal Salomones is redundantly billed as a “luxury cigar” (aren’t all cigars kind of a luxury?) made from both Dominican and Ecuadorian tobacco. At $48 and 8.25 inches ($5.80 an inch), this cigar is quite a smoke.

9. Louixs

#9 Louixs cigars

Goldwin calls it’s Louixs line of luxury cigars the finest and most expensive in the world. But apparently they didn’t research that claim as well as I did, because at $50 the Louixs are just #9 on our list. These guys are only 6″ long, but I think we all know it’s not the size a cigar that matters, but how you use it. And hey, they’re good enough to be the “house cigars” of the Beverly Hills Cigar club.

8. Opus X BBMF

#8 opus x bbmf

The Opus X BBFF is the first of three consecutive cigars on this list from legendary cigar manufacturer Arturo Fuente (the first critically acclaimed American cigar maker). The BBMF stands for “Big Bad Motherf**cker,” but I don’t know if they intend that moniker to be taken literally or figuratively. (Think about it.) I do know, however, that this 7 incher will set you back $55.

7. Don Artura Edicion Aniversario

#7 Don Artura Edicion Anniversario

This is the second of the three Arturo Fuente cigars I just mentioned. It was created back in 2001 but not released until 2008. Carlito Fuente, who bought AF cigars from his father in 1958 for $1, created this baby in honor of his dad. And at $78 a pop, it’s one hell of a tribute.

6. Opus X A

#6 Opus X A

The third and most expensive of Arturo Fuente’s most super premium cigars will run you $79. And in addition to being the most expensive cigar AF offers, it’s also the biggest and most rare. At a whopping 9.2 inches long with a 43 ring, I wouldn’t be surprised if cigar stores don’t carry this thing—which is only sold individually—because they just don’t have room to store it.

5. Cohiba Behike

#5 Cohiba Behike

At #5 we have yet another cigar that calls itself “the world’s most expensive,” but isn’t. However, at $450 a pop, we have taken a huge leap forward from the sub-$100 cigars we’ve seen so far.

The Behike was launched in 2006 in celebration of Cuban manufacturer Cohiba’s 40th anniversary. It was a limited release—they were only sold in special edition humidors of 40, and there were only 100 humidors produced. Price tag on one of those humidors? Well, you math majors already know it’s $18,000. And while we’re sure the Behike is a fine cigar, as far as we can tell the only thing that makes it so costly is its rarity. Each and every one of the 4,000 cigars was rolled by a little Cuban lady named Norma.

4. Her Majesty's Reserve

#4 gurkha_his_majestys_reserve_cigar

Guess what? Gurkha’s HMR has also been called the world’s most expensive cigar. Shocking, right? It’s almost like there’s a cachet to being “the world’s most expensive” something or other.

Anyway, what makes Gurkha’s HMR so special is the fact that its 18-year-old tobacco leaves are soaks in cognac. But not just any cognac—Louis XIII de Rémy Martin, the most rare and expensive cognac in the world. The tobacco making up each box of 20 cigars is soaked in one whole bottle of this $2,500-a-bottle cognac. This is why Her Majesty’s Reserves cost $15,000 a box, or an insane $750 each. This is also why no one knows how these cigars taste—they’re so expensive, no one has actually smoked one.

3. The Black Dragon


Unbelievably, Gurkha has actually made a cigar more expensive than the HMR. In 2006, they released the Black Dragon—which I would have guessed, had I not known better, is a line of premium condoms. Don’t confuse the original, limited edition Black Dragon with Gurkha’s current Black Dragon line. The current line is nice, I’m sure, but the original edition cost $115,000 a box, or $1,150 per cigar.

Yeah, holy crap is right.

Though this cigar is not soaked in the world’s finest cognac, it is made from a special blend of tobacco from all over the world. No word on if they ever sold a box, or who might have bought one.

2. Corojo #5 El Gigante

#2 gran habano el gigante

Now I know what you’re saying: come on, this thing isn’t smokable. It’s a novelty! But I kid you not, this thing was intended to be smoked, even though it had a 1920 ring gauge and contains 1,600 pounds of tobacco.

First of all, it’s the same blend of tobacco you’ll find in the regular sized, 90-rated (by Cigar Aficionado). Second, and more importantly, Gran Habano “El Gigante” comes with a specially designed suction device with 40 individual tubes that attaches to the giant stogie. So it was designed to be smoked, just not by one person. And its a good thing this is a communal cigar, because this baby goes for $200,000.

1. 600-Year-Old Mayan Cigars

#1 mayan cigar

In April, a team of archeologists from Tampa University was digging around in Guatemala when they found a clay pot labeled “sicars,” which in Yucatec literally means “to smoke rolled tobacco leaves and is the origin of “cigar.”

Now, usually the jars they find in excavating Mayan ruins don’t contain what their label says. In fact, they almost never do. But this time—for only the third time ever—it did. Inside the jar were stash of nearly perfectly preserved, 600-year-old Mayan cigars. And yes, experts believe they are smokable.

Obviously they’re going to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. And while there’s no telling how much they’re go for, I’m going to take a guess and say it’ll be more than $200,000. After all, you can make more giant, 1,600 pound cigars. And you can make more cigars soaked in cognac, even if the cognac is a 150 years old and costs $5,000. But you can’t make more 600-year-old smokable cigars, and I’m going to bet some crazy billionaire is going to pay a bundle for these.