Tobacco enthusiasts have smoked cigars since the Mayans created “sikars” in the 1100s and Christopher Columbus first introduced tobacco to Europe after exploring Hispaniola in 1492. The prestige of cigars, despite their multinational history, has never gone up in smoke and they remain a symbol of decadence, relaxation and pampering to this day. While smoking any cigar appears elegant, the astounding amount of tobacco blends, leaves and national varieties can make finding the perfect cigar nearly impossible.
Cohiba Behike cigars have been produced in Cuba since 2006 and at $450 a pop these hand rolled masterpieces should definitely catch your attention, and your lighter. Cohiba, one of Cuba’s most renowned cigar manufacturers, celebrated its 40th anniversary by creating 4,000 Cohiba Behike cigars and placed them in only 100 limited edition humidors. Calling a Cohiba Behike illusive is an understatement, but they are available online and the limited edition humidors can be bought for $18,000 each.
Like the Cohiba Behike, Gurkha’s Her Majesty’s Reserve cigars have been incorrectly called the world’s most expensive cigars. Each cigar contains 18-year-old tobacco and has been soaked in a $2,500 bottle of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac. These cigars define excess and taste at $15,000 a box and $750 for a single cigar.
As perhaps the most expensive yet accessible cigar on the market, Gurkha’s The Black Dragon surpasses the HMR in both quality and price. Released in 2006 as a limited edition line, The Black Dragon contains an international mix of tobaccos beneath its rich leafy shell. At $115,000 a box or $1,150 per cigar, Gurkha’s The Black Dragon cigars are both absurdly expensive and prestigious.
However, the two most expensive cigars in the world significantly trump Gurkha’s endeavors: the 900-year-old Mayan “sikars”, for example, are smokeable at $200,000 each and the El Gigante by manufacturer Corojo is a 1,600 pound cigar for the same price—this parade-float-sized cigar can be smoked by 40 people simultaneously through a tubing system.