Introducing JR Cigar's Most Expensive and Sought After Cigars
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.
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!