A Gentleman’s Guide To Some Of The Most Luxurious & Coveted Cigars In The Worldby | August 06, 2019
A dimly lit room, plush leather armchairs, and a whiff of smoke filling the gaps between private conversations: this is the scene at a typical cigar room that smells of mystery, old money, and masculine extravagance. A symbol of understated and refined luxury, smoking a cigar is a popular pastime amongst gentlemen of taste.
Over the course of history, this activity associated with affluence has earned the approval of aficionados like Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, and John F. Kennedy. Covetable amongst these are true hand-rolled Cuban tobacco cigars that truly establish your authority on the subject. While communist structures often make these unavailable, there are other equally valuable cigars that entice the smoker with their flavours, special leaf wrappers, and fancy humidors. Scroll through to embark on a smoke-filled journey of opulence and finesse with some of the most expensive and covetable cigars in the world.
In 2012, over 800 rolled cigars were found in pots in a cave in a village in Guatemala. These cigars are deemed to be hand-rolled by the Mayans over 600 years ago. Well-preserved and labelled ‘Sicar’, the word from where the world cigar originated, these cigars can still be smoked. The only catch is that a single cigar costs over $500,000 at special auctions.
‘King Of Denmark’ by Royal Danish Cigar Co.
Royal Danish Cigars’ customisable and hand-rolled cigar, ‘King Of Denmark’ is a wonder of its own. Made using Regal Blend tobacco leaf, these cigars are produced in small batches of 30 a day and each cigar is personalised with an inscription of the buyer’s name on the gold foil. The cigars come decorated with Swarovski crystals, and a personalised Scandinavian designed humidifier with a 24 karat gold plated sterling silver royal crown.
‘Black Dragon’ by Gurkha Cigars
In 1887, British colonial soldiers began making their own cigars using local tobacco and named these cigars after the legendary Nepalese fighters. Borrowing from this legacy, Gurkha Cigars is one of the most famous brands for luxury cigars because of their use of rare tobacco products and artistic packaging. The Gurkha ‘Black Dragon’ cigar is a medium to full-bodied blend composed of a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper that is perfectly aged. Each cigar is individually packed in a frosted tube and then placed in a chest carved out of camel bone.
‘His Majesty’s Reserve’ by Gurkha Cigars
A cigar that comes with a waitlist is certainly worth investing in and investigating into. With only 100 boxes produced each year, Gurkha Cigars’ ‘His Majesty's Reserve’ is a highly sought-after cigar. Wrapped in a rare aged Dominican wrapper, each cigar is made with unique tobaccos from across the world using an infusion process that involves a bottle of the Louis XIII Cognac. The aromatic cigar is truly in a class of its own and is a must-have for smoking connoisseurs.
Cohiba Behike 56
Christened the ‘Bentley of Cigars’, Cohiba Behike is one of the most popular cigar brands in Cuba. Their special and limited edition box, ‘Cohiba Behike 56’ was designed to commemorate their 40th anniversary in 2006. The 40-cigar box includes ingredients from different regions of Cuba along with a French-made humidor from Elie Blue. It measures 22 mm x 166 mm in length and has a 56 ring gauge (width) making it one of the largest cigars in the world.
Fuente Don Arturo Anniverxario
In celebration of their 100th anniversary, Arturo Fuente created limited-edition cigar boxes, each containing 46 cigars that are naturally wrapped. The Maduro wraps and wrappers come from Chateau de la Fuente, the birthplace of the brand. Aged for seven years, these cigars come with humidifier options like ebony, maple, walnut, and sycamore.
Arturo Fuente ‘Opus X’
Originating from the Dominican Republic, Arturo Fuente cigars are one of the most premium cigars in the world. For their 10th anniversary, they released the Arturo Fuento ‘Opus X’ special-edition cigar. Boasting of a mild jalapeno flavour, these cigars come in a Rosado wrapper, which is grown in the iconic Chateau de la Fuente plantation.
Regius ‘Double Corona’
Like any luxury product, customisation makes a cigar more covetable. At Regius Cigars, customers have the option of flying first class to the headquarters to create their own unique custom blend from over 1,000 options. One of the most expensive cigars in the world, their ‘Double Corona’ cigar is produced in the factory in Nicaragua, and this personalisation makes it a truly cherishable experience.
Created by Goldwyn Metropolitan Company, each ‘Louixs’ cigar is six inches in length with a 60 ring gauge and is adorned with Louis XIV’s portrait on them. An imposing image of the famous 17th-century 'Sun King' of France makes these hand-rolled cigars a covetable commodity amongst cigar smokers. With Rosado wrapper leaves, the cigars are mildly flavoured with cocoa and spice and are manufactured in Nicaragua.
The Wise Man Maduro ‘Robusto’
After having worked in the tobacco industry for many years, Nick Melillo created his own brand, The Wise Man Maduro. The Wise Man Maduro ‘Robusto’ cigar is perfect for lovers of dark, box-pressed cigars that are loaded with Nicaraguan tobacco and Mexican San Andrés wrappers. A flavourful blend that mixes the sweet with the savoury, the cigar plays off notes of cocoa and vanilla against tobacco’s meaty qualities to create an earthy cigar.
Padrón ‘Family Reserve No. 44’
Padrón Cigars was founded in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami, Florida in 1964, and is a family-run business that has excelled in creating some of the finest cigars in the world. The Padrón ‘Family Reserve No. 44’ was created to represent the brand’s 44th year in the business and was served only at select Padrón events where a family member was present. Earning itself the name, ‘Family Reserve No.44’, the limited edition cigar flaunts notes of cocoa, leather, coffee, cinnamon, and nuts.
H. Upmann ‘Sir Winston’
Herman Upmann, a German banker who loved a good Cuban cigar moved to Havana to set up his own brand in 1844. The result was a well-blended cigar label with tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo region. The cigar size is known as a Julieta No.2 and was a favourite of British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Churchill’s affinity towards this particular type of cigar resulted in it being named after him. The H.Upmann ‘Sir Winston’ cigars have hints of chocolate, marzipan, graham cracker, and floral notes combined with an inimitable Cuban taste.
Oliva ‘Serie V Melani0 Churchill’
Melanio Oliva first started his tobacco business in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba in 1886 but suspended the operations to fight for Cuba’s War of Independence. Since then, his family and he himself have run operations to create hand-rolled cigars with fermented Ligero fillers: leaves known for their robust and rich flavor. The Oliva Cigar Co’s ‘Serie V Melanio Churchill’ cigars boast of Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra leaf wrappers, aromatic tobaccos from Jalapa, and notes of malted chocolate and mesquite.
Alec Bradley ‘Black Market Estelí Torpedo’
Unlike what the name suggests, Alec Bradley’s ‘Black Market Estelí Torpedo’ is legal and a highly appreciated earthy cigar. The ‘Black Market Estelí Torpedo’ blended cigar consists of a Nicaraguan wrapper, Nicaraguan filler, and two binders: one from Honduras, and the other from Nicaragua. Smatterings of raisins and cocoa make it a leathery but sweet cigar to smoke.
E.P. Carrillo ‘Encore Majestic’
This is the brainchild of cigarmaker, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigar Co. from Little Havana, Miami. Produced in a factory in the Dominican Republic, the E.P. Carrillo ‘Encore Majestic’ is an extremely popular blended cigar made solely with Nicaraguan leaves and aged for over two years. Experience a range of flavours from oak and citrus to even a hint of sweet with this cigar that is expertly held together by royal palm leaves and rope.
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