Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars in 2021
It’s no secret that cigars are an expensive hobby. Yes, we do offer plenty of samplers and other deals that won’t do too much damage to your wallet here at JR. Every element of the cigar lifestyle, from seed to smoke, is an expensive endeavor. If you’d like to go more in-depth as to why some tobaccos are more expensive than others, then click here.
Having expensive taste can be harmful sometimes, especially if you love the taste of a Davidoff or Arturo Fuente. So today, we are including some of the industry’s most expensive stogies in a very affordable, rare top 5 sampler. From Padron to Plasencia, this top 5 sampler is worth getting sooner than later so you can enjoy excellence before the summer ends.
Without further ado, here are the Top 5 most expensive cigars in 2021. Don’t forget to get the limited time sampler in the link below today.
Davidoff Special Series
First on our Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars list our highest priced cigar on the list. Coming in at $34.00 per cigar, the Davidoff Special Series in the 7.5 x 50 Double R size is a powerhouse of a cigar that stands out above the rest.
Cloaked in gorgeous golden Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the Davidoff Special Series Double R has filler and binder tobaccos that hail from the Dominican Republic. Some flavor notes you’ll detect while smoking the Davidoff Special Series Double R are coffee, nutmeg, cream, and a touch of fresh-cut grass in the final third.
Available in five different sizes, the Davidoff Special Series comes in a pack of four that’s priced anywhere between $95.00 and $130.00. It’s also available in a box of 20, with a price range between $400 to $900 a box. Available on our website today, the Davidoff Special Series is premium handmade smoke that would be perfect for any and every celebration that comes as well.
Padron Special Releases
Next up on our Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars of 2021 is a cigar that was made for celebration and milestones. The Padron Special Releases in the 40th Anniversary were made in 2004 to celebrate the companies forty years in the business. Other cigars within the line are to pay homage to Jose Padron’s birthday and other landmarks of the company’s existence.
This full-bodied Nicaraguan puro makes use of tobaccos that have been aged up to five years to give this premium cigar that complex, unique taste we all know and love. Some flavor notes you’ll detect while smoking the Padron Special Releases 40th Anniversary are caramel, cedar, cocoa, and a touch of licorice on the backend.
Other than the 6.50 x 54 “40th Anniversary” size, Padron Special Releases are available in two other sizes that come in a box of 20. Averaging almost $28.00 per cigar, you’ll slightly be breaking the bank if you purchase the Padron Special Releases. However you really cannot put a price on greatness, and that’s what you get when you smoke almost anything from the Padron Family series.
Ashton Estate Sungrown
Landing in the middle spot of our Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars 0f 2021 is the delicious Ashton Estate Sungrown. This series is another cigar that was born out of celebrating milestones, much like the Padron Special Series. The 24 Year Salute from Ashton is the latest celebration cigar that honors one of the best luxury cigar brands to ever grace the industry we love and adore.
This rare Dominican puro uses a gorgeous Dominican Habano leaf for the wrapper that was aged at the Chateau Fuente farm. While smoking this medium to full-bodied limited-edition beauties, you’ll detect delicious flavor notes of black pepper, leather, cedar, cashew, and grass.
Although we have the 24 Year Salute on our lost and in our sampler, there are four other sizes under the Ashton ESG that all celebrate the milestones of this companies greatness. Available in a pack of five for $100.00, and a box of 25 for $520.00, the Ashton Estate Sungrown is about $20.00 per stick when all is said and done. So if you are looking to gift someone an invaluable cigar, then the Ashton Estate Sungrown is the one to choose!
Plasencia Alma Fuerte
The Plasencia Alma Fuerte is next up on our Top 5 Most Expensive Cigars of 2021. This full-bodied, box-pressed beauty is one of the more popular sticks to come out of the Plasencia portfolio. Scoring an impressive 93 rating in 2017, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Salmon packs a delicious punch with each and every puff you take.
Sporting a dark chocolate Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte also uses vintage Nicaraguan tobacco to make up the binder and filler. While smoking the Alma Fuerte Salmon, I detected intense flavor notes of pepper, chocolate, creamy caramel, and espresso on the backend.
Other than the 7 x 58 “Salmon” size, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte is available in five other sizes. Coming in a box of 10 that’s priced at $198.00, the Plasencia Alma Fuerte averages to be a little less than $20.00 per cigar.
You may think to yourself that $20.00 cigars are a bit steep, and you have every right to think that. Yet when you invest in a cigar such as the Plasencia Alma Fuerte, all the money is well spent when it comes to this juggernaut of a cigar!
Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 48
Not only is the Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 48 a difficult cigar to find but when you do find these rare gems, expect to spend a little extra dough for them! The Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 48 utilizes the same tobaccos that are featured in the legendary Opus X. Produced at the Chateau Fuente farm in the heart of the Dominican Republic, the Anejo Reserva No. 48 is cloaked in a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that’s cured in brandy barrels for six to eight months.
With a binder and filler hailing from the Dominican Republic, the Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 48 is a full-bodied smoke that boasts delicious flavors throughout. Some flavor notes you’ll detect while smoking the Anejo Reserva No. 48 from Fuente are oak, hickory, black pepper, and a touch of dark chocolate on the backend.
With a box of 25 priced between $280 and $315 before tax, the Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 48 lands somewhere in between $11.00 to $13.00 per cigar. So if you’re able to get your hands on these rare, limited smokes from Arturo Fuente I’d hop on that opportunity as soon as possible!
One of the most common questions I get from cigar smokers is about the price. Are those really expensive cigars worth the price? Well, the answer is both yes and no. I’ve had $50 cigars that I didn’t care for at all, and $5 cigars I would smoke every day. It depends on the blend and, of course, personal preference.
That being said, while a majority of the cigars I enjoy fall in the $10-$20 range, there have been a few much higher than that that I have really enjoyed, and feel are absolutely worth the higher price point. For an extra special treat for our readers, we have taken a few of these high-end cigars and put them into this incredible, limited sampler, at a price that will make you fill with tears of joy.
Padron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Natural
The Padron Limited Editions are among the highest-rated cigars in the industry. Their 50th Anniversary was such an important occasion, the company decided to release two different blends to honor it. They released a Padron Family Reserve 50th, and the even more limited Padron 50th Anniversary, both blends enjoyed two different wrapper varieties.
The Padron 50th anniversary is one of the best cigars I’ve ever had. It is exceptionally smooth but is bursting with flavor. Its construction was spot on and it offered a zesty and enticing aroma. When first released, these cigars were about $100 MSRP, luckily now they are slightly less.
Davidoff Year of The Rat
Each year, Davidoff releases a limited-edition product to honor the Chinese New Year. They are among the most sought-after yearly releases and, in my humble opinion, are some of the best cigars the company makes. This year, we received in several boxes of the brand-new Davidoff Year of the Rat.
This medium-bodied smoke is as close to perfect as I can ask. It is rolled with aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, followed by one of the best looking Ecuadorian Habano wrappers I have ever seen. It offers notes of black pepper combined with touches of coffee, wood, and dried fruit for a complex and well-balanced gem. For a once a year treat, the almost $40 price point is worth it.
Gurkha His Majesty's Reserve
This is probably the most talked-about expensive cigar in history. The Gurkha His Majesty Reserve remains the most expensive cigars in the industry, with a price tag of $1,000 per cigar. This great cost is not a gimmick but is actually appropriate for the tobaccos and the processes used.
The cigar is wrapped with a 15-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf leaf. The entire box of cigars is also infused with a bottle of Louis XIII, which sells on average for $2,400. It is incredibly smooth and creamy with the aroma of the cognac punctuates with each puff. Is this something I would buy myself? Well, not right now, but if I won the lottery tomorrow?
Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City
The Opus X is the most sought-after cigar in the world, and that includes Cubans. It was one of the first super-premium blends to come out of the Dominican Republic, and to this day, 20 years later, it can still be hard to find. The Opus X Lost City, a limited run named after the movie that was filmed on the Fuente farm, is even more limited and thusly garners a high price point.
However, I will say this cigar is worth every penny. Each puff brings smooth and rich notes of raisins, chocolate, leather, and pepper. It also has the slightest touch of sweet walnuts that I love. At around $30 per cigar, this is my go-to celebration cigar.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its factory in the Dominican Republic, Altadis USA went all out. The brand created a cigar that I think might be its best ever. The company also packaged them in super limited-edition humidors, which promptly sold out. However, the regular boxes of this gem are still available.
The Montecristo Cincuenta is hand-rolled under the watchful eye of the Grupo de Maestros, the blending team responsible for some of the world’s best-selling cigars. It uses aged Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, followed by a flawless Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Since they were released this summer, I’ve smoked as many as I can get my hands on and can afford. At $30 per cigar, the only words I can think of are… worth it!
General Cigar Company is one of the largest manufacturers of premium cigars in the world and is responsible for making one of the industry’s most well-known luxury brands, Cohiba. While Cohiba has a full range of cigars at different price points, today we are looking at the very high-end Cohiba Macassar. This cigar is an ultra-premium masterpiece that pays tribute to the rare Indonesian ebony that bears the same name.
The Macassar is crafted with a Connecticut Havano wrapper that cloaks a Connecticut broadleaf binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers that have been aged four years. To complete this gourmet cigar recipe, the tobaccos spend their final year in fragrant rum barrels to enrich the blends medium-bodied notes of wood, white pepper, cedar, and coffee.
Davidoff 702 Series
With a list like this, you know there are going to be a few companies that have a few entries, especially a high-end, luxury brand like Davidoff. Next on our list form, the Swiss-based company is the outstanding Davidoff 702. What’s unique about the 702, is that the line is actually recreations of several different Davidoff lines, with one new twist.
The addition of a dark and oily 702 Ecuadorian wrapper is what makes these cigars stand out. Using the filler and binder blends of such famed cigars as the Anniversary, the Mille and Double R, Davidoff was able to maintain many of the qualities that made those cigars amazing, but with a rich and flavorful new wrapper. While they are on the pricier side, I can say they are absolutely worth it.
Ashton Estate Sungrown
This is a cigar that I felt never got enough attention. While the VSG was always preferred because it was slightly cheaper, I think the Ashton ESG is one of the best, most refined and balanced high-end cigars I’ve ever had. While the price might be a tad more than the other Ashtons, it is a quality cigar that’s worth every penny.
Crafted by Fuente to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ashton company, the Estate Sun-Grown has drawn parallels to the Opus X. It uses aged Dominican filler and binder tobaccos along with an aged Sun-grown wrapper that balances out the blend. Its smooth, flavorful and with near-perfect construction.
Another double entry, Padron is known for having the highest-rated cigars that fetch some of the highest prices on the market. That doesn’t stop them from being among the best-selling premium cigars in the country, and for good reason. While there are many Padrons that I could have added to this list, I felt I had to go with my favorite one, the legendary Padron 90th.
The first limited edition to be rolled in a standard Parejo size, Padron 90th is unique among the companies portfolio. Its blend of aged tobaccos makes for a vivacious and complex profile, while the age of its tobaccos creates a smooth aroma and terrific burn.