Cigars are a timeless sign of luxury, class and taste. That being said, some cigars rise above the rest in terms of superb blends, exciting packaging and other premium features that make a luxury product that much fancier. Today, we’re going to look through the most expensive cigars in the world and talk a little bit about why they deserve hefty price tags.
Before we dive in, note that this list does NOT include any cigars from our stogie-loving island neighbors to the south – only because the prices of cigars manufactured there vary wildly based on several factors.
Enough chatter, let’s dive into the most expensive cigars in the world!
Top 10 most expensive cigars
- Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario - $79 per cigar
While it may be the cheapest cigar on our list, a box of this very limited 100th Anniversary Fuente cigars from 2001 will set you back $7,500. With 96 cigars in each box (48 with sun-grown wrappers and 48 with natural wrappers), the price per cigar lands around $79.
- Cohiba Spectre 2018 & 2019 - $90 per cigar
The first and second editions of the Cohiba Spectre each come with a premium price tag of $90 per cigar. Good luck finding them though –– both versions of the award-winning cigars feature tobaccos aged in Spanish Sherry barrels sold out immediately upon release.
- Cohiba Spectre 2021 - $120 per cigar
A newer release in the Cohiba Spectre lineup bumps that premium price tag up to $120 per cigar. The reason? Spectre 2021 features tercio-aged tobaccos aged twice for extra flavor. Two of General Cigar Co.’s best rollers made every one of Spectre 2021’s 5000 cigars in boxes of 10.
- Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd. - $300 per cigar
Released in 2003, as a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Opus X, Arturo Fuente released this premium cigar in 100-count humidors for $10,000. If you can find one nearly twenty years later, the price tag has risen to $30,000 for all 100, or $300 per cigar.
- Mayan Sicars - (approx.) $633 per cigar
Perhaps the most exciting cigars on this list, the Mayan ‘Sicars’ really were made by the Mayans 600 years ago and unearthed in 2012 during an archaeological excavation. Approximately 800 cigars were found in smoking conditions – talk about an effective humidor – and later sold to the proprietor of the Santiago Cigar Factory for a total price of $507,000, or about $630 per cigar.
- Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve - $750 per cigar
Hand-rolled with 18-year-old tobaccos and enhanced with the ultra-rare Louis XIII Cognac, the Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve may only cost $750 per cigar, but they are sold only in boxes of 20 priced at $15,000 per box.
- Gurkha Black Dragon - $1,150 per cigar
Another luxury offering from Gurkha, the Black Dragon boasts 100 cigars per camel-bone box. Yes, you read that right – the box is made from Camel’s bone. But check your bank account before getting excited; the elusive Black Dragon carries an astronomical price of $115,000 per box or $1,150 per cigar.
- Double Corona Regius Cigars Ltd. - $54,000 per cigar
Coming in third is the Regius Cigars Double Corona sold to a businessman for a whopping price tag of $54,000 for a single cigar. Why the price tag? On top of boasting incredible flavors, the cigar came with a tour of their Nicaraguan factory, 1,000 custom cigars with full naming rights and boxes as well as permission for said buyer to witness the production process from beginning to end. Surprisingly, a few of these can be found for sale in New York, London and Hong Kong premium cigar clubs.
- Gran Habano #5 El Gigante - $185,00 per (enormous) cigar
Claiming the #2 spot for the most expensive cigars in the world is a behemoth of a cigar made as a display item. The Gran Habano #5 El Gigante is 19 feet long and 3 feet wide, containing 16,000 pounds of tobacco – enough for 25,000 regular-sized cigars. Being so large, the cigar has to be placed on a 900-pound rolling crate for it to get around. Don’t get your hopes up to see it in person, the giant cigar has already been sold to a private collector for $185,000.
- Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar - $1 million per cigar
The most expensive cigar in the world by leaps and bounds, a single Gurkha Royal Courtesan boasts a million-dollar price tag. Why?
Let’s start in the field. Made with extremely rare Himalayan tobaccos that have been grown with only Fiji Water, the tobacco is then infused with Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII – which alone costs $165,000 per bottle. Once aged, the rollers are blindfolded to enhance their connection to the tobacco and heighten their senses during the rolling process.
But the luxury doesn’t end there. Each cigar is wrapped in gold leaf and the band is adorned with five carats of diamonds.
So do you pick this beauty up from a store? Of course not. A messenger will deliver the Royal Courtesan to you wearing white gloves. I mean, I would expect nothing less from the most expensive cigar in the world.
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What’s the most you would pay for a cigar?
If you had the money, would you spend it on a Gurkha Royal Courtesan? What about some of the other cigars on our list? Comment where you would draw the line if money weren’t a factor.