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.