Whether itâ€™s the taste, the sophistication or simply the joy of sharing quality time over a drink with friends, relaxing with a fine cigar is an experience that for many has no comparison. But just how much would you be prepared to pay for a good cigar? If you have some spare cash why not try one of the five most expensive cigars in the world? Prices are only indicative.
Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd
In 1993 Arturo Fuente produced their first Opus X cigars with their now legendary wrapper. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the occasion, Prometheus International made 100 Forbidden X humidors (50 with a red madrona veneer, 40 with yellow eye maple and 10 with macassar.) Each humidor holds 100 Opus X cigars and in 2002 cost $10,000. Nowadays, youâ€™ll have to pay over $30,000.
The original Behike was launched in 2006 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cuban manufacturer Cohiba. Named for a chieftain of the Taino Indians, it was a blend of Cuban tobaccos and was a limited release â€“ only 100 special edition humidors each containing 40 cigars were produced. One humidor would have set you back $18,000 – $450 per cigar. Cohiba has released a less exclusive line of Behike cigars that are about 10% of the price of the original.
His Majestyâ€™s Reserve
With fewer than 100 boxes made every year, Gurkhaâ€™s His Majestyâ€™s Reserve is made from a blend of the finest tobaccos from around the world and, once rolled, are infused with Louis XIII Cognac, one of the most rare and most expensive in the world. A box of 20 will set you back $15,000 â€“ $750 per cigar.
The Black Dragon
In 2006, Gurkha produced a cigar that is even more expensive than the His Majestyâ€™s Reserve. The cigar, called The Black Dragon, is made from an exclusive Honduran blend and carries a price tag of $1,150. The original Black Dragon cigars are so exclusive that only five boxes, each made from hand-carved camel bone, were produced. To make Black Dragon more accessible to a wider audience, in 2007 Gurkha made a much less expensive version but one that is still up to Gurkhaâ€™s traditional high standards.
Â Double corona by Regius Cigars Ltd
In August this year entrepreneur Callum Jones paid Â£40,000 for a double corona cigar made by Regius Cigars Ltd. The makers planned to fly Mr Jones to Nicaragua to see how the cigars are made and blend and roll a thousand special cigars tailored to his taste.
These prices donâ€™t compare with the $185,000 paid for the 1,600-pound El Gigante cigar produced by Corojo, which can be smoked by 40 people simultaneously or the similar price for one of the 600-year-old Mayan â€œsicarsâ€ discovered in Guatemala in 2012.
Of course, you donâ€™t have to have bottomless pockets to savour the flavour of a fine cigar. At Boisdale you can enjoy a fantastic evening with sumptuous food and great music and round it off with a quality cigar from the extensive reasonably priced Boisdale cigar collection on the cigar terrace.