The pleasure derived from a fine cigar is immeasurable. Pair with a top-shelf cognac or scotch and you can celebrate everything from the mundane to the notable. It doesn’t matter because you’ll be enjoying a great cigar! Cigar aficionados will debate the merit of a cigar based on its cost, but while they’re debating that, we’ll share with you some of the most expensive cigars in the world.
Gurkha Black Dragon
The Black Dragon Special Edition Tubo cigar from Gurkha retails for $115,000 per box which breaks down to $1,150 per cigar. Gurkha combines a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper with a delicate Cameroon binder and a Dominican filter both aged five years. Considered one of Gurkha’s most unique, ultra-premium cigars, they each come in individual frosted tubes which are packaged in a luxe leather box lined with layers of orange velvet. Find a reseller and learn more on Gurkha’s website.
King of Denmark
A cigar fit for a King, and at $4,500 per cigar, some would say only a king would spend that kind of money. The blend is top secret but what makes this cigar special is how it can be customized for the buyer. They’ll gold leaf them with foils imprinted with your name and can even add diamonds and precious metals. They have an equally impressive humidor which is personalized with a 24-carat gold-plated sterling silver crown and is available for an extra $8,500, making it one of the most expensive cigars in the world. One great resource for a King of Denmark Cigar is The Danish Pipe Shop.
Gran Habano No. 5, El Gigante
While not the most practical for the cigar smoker on the go, Gran Cabana’s No. 5 “El Gigantic” wasn’t ever meant to be. The cigar was created as a showpiece for trade shows is wrapped in 16,000 wrapper leaves and weighs in at approximately 1,600 pounds. That’s no surprise, considering that it is 19 feet long and three feet in diameter and is roughly the equivalent of 25,000 cigars! But is it even smokeable? Yes, gather your 39 closest friends and light it. Forty people can smoke this at once through a tubing system. The biggest surprise with El Gigantic is that it was sold for $185,000. That price, of course, includes a 900-pound wooden carrying case. Don’t fret, however, CigarsDirect.com has a great selection of more portable cigars.
Discovered in Guatemala in 2012, these pre-Columbian, Mayan cigars were determined to be 600 years old. They sold at an auction for $507,000, putting them high on the list of the most expensive cigars in the world. These Mayan Sikars provided proof that ancient civilizations did, in fact, smoke. The term sikar (sometimes you’ll find this spelled ‘sicar’) translates to “to smoke rolled tobacco leaves” and it is believed to have been the origin of the word cigar.
While cigar aficionados may not wish to assign the merit of a cigar based on its cost, there are definitely some cigars on this list that would be worth a sample. If these expensive cigars aren’t your style, you may try our list of limited-edition cigars every collector should have. So which of these expensive cigars do you want to try? Have you tried some of the most expensive cigars in the world?