Most Expensive Cigar
Cigars for the Rich and Powerful
Cigar-smoking Americans cheered President Obama's decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba. After more than 50 years they can now legally buy some of the best and most expensive cigars in the world.
Paying the Price
Tobacconists say the average smoker pays about two dollars a stick for a decent, machine-made cigar, but may splurge occasionally for one in the $20-$30 range. Only the wealthiest, however, can afford the premium sticks. Some of these include the King of Denmark for $75, the Cohiba Behike for $420 or the Burkha Black Dragon for $1150. Such cigars symbolize their smoker's status. As customers, these buyers are treated like royalty. They can, for instance, order their cigars wrapped in gold foil and personalized with diamond, gold and silver crowns. Another brand comes in a hand-carved bone chest.
Behind the Cost
Smokers may debate whether a super-cigar really tastes better that a good, but less expensive buy. It depends on the smoker, of course, but there are several reasons these cigars cost so much more. First they are hand-rolled and individually blended from the best and rarest of fine aged tobaccos. Each stick is handled with meticulous care and they are stored in highly regulated temperature and humidity. Cost is also determined by the cigar's rarity. One company limits the production of their highest priced cigar to 100 boxes and sells only to select clients.
Like fast cars and huge mansions, the most expensive cigar marks the user as one of the rich and powerful. Maybe they pay the price for that distinction as much as the joy of the smoke.