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The Most Expensive Cigars in the World: From Cuban Smoke to Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar

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What is the most expensive cigar in the world? It’s Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar at $1 million. Infused with Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII, each cigar gives you the high in luxury. Here’s a complete and updated list of most expensive cigars in the world this 2020.

  1. Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar – $1 million
  2. Mayan Sicars – $507,000
  3. Double Corona Regius Cigars Ltd – $54,000 for 1 cigar
  4. Gran Habano #5 El Gigante – $185,000
  5. Gurkha Black Dragon – $115,000 per box
  6. Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd – $30,000 per box
  7. Cohiba Behike – $18,000 per box
  8. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve – $15,000 per box
  9. Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario – $7,500 per box
  10. Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF – $55 per cigar

Successful men are known to flaunt their confidence as well as their cigars. Who can forget the pictures of the indomitable Winston Churchill plugging away at his beloved cheroots as he plotted the downfall of the Nazi empire? Many men smoke cigars while enjoying a good time with their friends, to portray an image of sophistication, or to celebrate a happy occasion. The best cigars are crafted by specialist hands and made from top quality leaves. For these reasons, leading cigar brands command a hefty price tag.

Persistencemarketresearch.com reports that the global market size for cigars and cigarillos is growing at a good pace thanks to the popularity of flavored cigars and cigarillos among young adults, especially women. From 2015 to 2025, the global cigars and cigarillos market is expected to grow at compounded rate of 2.8% to reach $23.8 billion by 2025, rising from $17.7 billion in 2014. On top of that, Strategyr.com estimates that global market for cigars will top $20.1 billion sticks by 2024, fueled by increasing consumption among the young and rich sector.

What makes a cigar stand out among the pack? A lot of considerations come into play such as the quality of leaves, the history of its makers, and the country of origin, among others. All these factors combine to determine the final quality and price of a cigar product. So are you willing to dig deep into your wallet to shell out a princely sum to gain a heady smoking experience? For your general information, here is the list of the most expensive cigars in the world in 2020.

#10 Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF – $55 per cigar

These popular cigars are always in high demand but are difficult to find. They are manufactured by the renowned cigar maker Arturo Fuente. Each cigar has BBMF carved on them due to their seven-inch length. If you are lucky, you can find a piece for $55.  These cigars were introduced in 1995 but because they are much sought after, they are hard to locate. This explains the premium price each cigar commands.

#9 Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario – $7,500 per box

This cigar is made with delectably aged tobacco rolled in either sun-grown or natural wrappers. A box of these heavenly delights will set you back by $7,500. It is a limited release and one humidor of these amazing rolls hosts 96 cigars with 46 in alternative wrappers. Arturo Fuente Cigar Company unveiled this line in 2001 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The tobaccos utilized in these fine cigars were aged seven years to give them a distinctive and strong punch and experience.

The Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario cigars are manufactured with exquisite wrapper leaves obtained from the Chateau de la Fuente in the Dominican Republic. These cigars sell fast so it is difficult to get your hands on them. The legendary Fuente family is known for producing high quality cigars with painstaking handcraftsmanship and patience. The end products are satisfying, well-balanced, and rich in taste.

#8 Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve – $15,000 per box

This brand is made with 18-year-old tobaccos and it boasts rich chocolate undertones. To add to the taste, each roll is enhanced with the premium and rare Louis XIII Cognac. A box with 20 pieces is priced at $15,000 which means you need to pay $750 per cigar. The Gurkha company makes less than 100 boxes of this amazing product each year and the enterprise’s president decides to whom they should be allotted.

Gurkha is called the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry for its unique blends of premium tobaccos crafted by expert rollers. His Majesty’s Reserve lives up to the company’s reputation as its blend of filler tobaccos are covered in rare aged Dominican wrappers. As mentioned earlier, the infusion of the Louis XIII Cognac complements the flavor of the aged tobacco leaves. You will surely remember the amazing aroma and taste of this exquisite cigar for a long time.

#7 Cohiba Behike – $18,000 per box

Famed Cuban cigar manufacturer Cohiba released this brand in 2006 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It was named Behike to honor a noted chieftain of the Taino Indians. The cigars are made with select tobacco and only 100 humidors were made, each hosting 40 rolls. Because they proved to be very popular, Cohiba released less expensive versions of this product later.

The tobacco for these cigars was cultivated and blended at the El Laguito Cohiba factory. Each piece has ring size of 52 inches and is 7.5 inches long. This brand includes several varieties from Cuba’s Vuelto and Pinar del Rio regions. A box of these fine rolls is said to have cost up to as much as $18k. The exquisite humidor with skate skin, bone, and ebony was made by French manufacturer Elie Bleu. Expert roller Norma Fernandez Sastre made all the 4,000 cigars of this product line.

#6 Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd – $30,000 per box

The Arturo Fuente Tobacco Company produced this line in 2003 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original Opus X. They produced 100 Forbidden X humidors (10 with macassar veneer, 40 with yellow eye maple, and 50 with a red madrona veneer. Each humidor has 100 Opus X cigars.

The limited edition humidors were offered in a selection of finishes and colors. This cigar’s taste is vouched by connoisseurs to be world class. Each box was sold for about $10k in 2003, but today the price has risen to a whopping $30k per box.

#5 Gurkha Black Dragon – $115,000 per box

The Gurkha Black Dragon cigar packs a robust punch as it is made from fine tobacco leaves that are rolled in Honduras. Each leathery and peaty cigar measures 8.5 inches by 52 ring gauge. The cigars are placed in limited edition handcrafted camel bone boxes with 100 pieces in one box. A single cigar costs an astronomical $1,150.

The Gurkha Black Dragon has a unique flavor and is super rare because it is very hard to find. This brand of ultra-premium blended tobaccos is designed for discerning cigar connoisseurs. The 5-year aged cigar features a blend of cured Dominican long filler along with an aged Cameroonian binder and is wrapped in a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. It offers a leathery smoke with a hint of spice and buttery notes that is not matched by any other cigar.

#4 Gran Habano #5 El Gigante – $185,000

This masterpiece was created as a display item. It is a 19-foot long and 3-foot wide giant roll of tobacco for which an aficionado based outside the US shelled out $185k. The huge cigar has been made with 1,600 pounds of tobacco leaves which is equal to about 25k regular-sized cigars. This giant magnum opus is placed in a 900-pound wooden crate that is designed to resemble a steam locomotive.

#3 Double Corona Regius Cigars Ltd – $54,000 for 1 cigar

Regius Cigars Ltd created this special edition Double Corona cigar and sold it to a businessman named Callum Jones for a whopping $54k in 2013. Why is this cigar so expensive? Along with the fine flavor and taste, the makers also provided Mr. Jones a guided private tour of their factory in Nicaragua so that he can witness the manufacturing process firsthand.

In addition, for the $54k, the purchaser also receives 1,000 custom-rolled smokes along with naming rights and boxes. If their quality is good, Regius Cigars will even market them as part of their range. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied and the best part is the buyer will get to witness the whole production from beginning to end. This ultra-premium cigar is available at Nat Sherman 5th Avenue in New York, Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, and Davidoff of London.

#2 Mayan Sicars – $507,000

The ancient Mayans smoked tobacco and this is proved by the discovery of 800 pre-Columbian cigars in Guatemala in 2012. The cigars were dated back to 600 years ago, but they were still fit to be smoked even today. This led to a melee among tobacco enthusiasts to land the prize catch.

The Mayan sicars were discovered by a team of archeologists from Tampa University. The expert diggers were astonished that the cigars were still in prime condition. The reason is they were buried well below the surface in sealed clay pots. A collector named Gary Liotta who is the proprietor of Santiago Cigar Factory in Rochester, New York took home the entire collection by shelling out $507k.

#1 Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar – $1 million

Gurkha Cigars created this tour de force with the finest care and ingredients and at $1 million apiece it tops our list of most expensive cigars in the world. Each hand-rolled cigar is infused with the delectable Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII, which sells for $165k a bottle. To ensure perfect production quality, only selected hand rollers are permitted to lever the cigars. In addition, all the artisans are blindfolded to heighten their senses so that their movements are natural with minimal distractions.

The Royal Courtesan cigar is filled with rare Himalayan tobacco that has been watered only with Fiji water. Each piece is wrapped in gold leaf and the band is embellished with diamonds totaling up to five carats. If you can afford it, a messenger wearing spotless white gloves will hand deliver this opulent cigar to your place. Sit back and enjoy this royal cigar like a king for the ransom you paid for it.

Nestor Gilbert

By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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Carl, US Marine and Fire fighter says:

Now the most important is what you like. Most expensive whiskey or cigar does not mean is the best. I have been with 10 firefighters smoking cigars and one smoking a cuban cigar and the aroma is exceptionally distinguished. I have done my work and for me nothing like a Cuban cigar. Is the dirt and climate geograhycally in the world only place for best cigars and finally Gods creation. Ladies and Gentlemen happy smoking and God bless

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justus says:

I've wanted to try the most expensive cigar for the longest time and now I found where to go to get one. I can't wait to get my hands on a Mayan Sicar.

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robert says:

I remember my granpa used to have this collection of wood Tabacalera boxes of cigars that I'd make into toy boxes. Every time I'd open the boxes I could smell that sweet pungent scent of tobacco. I had a happy childhood. Maybe that scent had something to do with my happiness.

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cesar says:

Nothing like a Cuban cigar. The best cigars are the product of an excellent combination of weather, geography, skilled tobacco rollers, and centuries of experience, all of which Cuba enjoys. Plus the legend that its cigars are rolled on the lap of hot Cuban women (I'm not making this up, they have this story over there).

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Ray says:

Half the cigars on this list aren't made in Cuba though. Cuban cigars are okay but not always the best or the most expensive. Only true cigar smokers would know this though.

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Frank Gee says:

You're right they are the best, I just recently bought my first box of genuine Cuban cigars from a government store with all the government seals intact and everything, so I know their one hundred percent real. They weren't cheap, but I can't tell you how wonderful the aroma was when I first opened them, and saw those beautiful glistening cigars all neatly packaged. It is an experience one has to find out for themselves first-hand, videos and pictures just don't do it justice. If you can buy a box buy them only from a La Casa Del Habano government cigar shop, don't get it anywhere else!

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