Cigarette Wars

The World's Most Expensive Cigars and Cigarettes

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An estimated 50 million people in the United States alone light up a cigar or cigarette every day. While the vast majority smoke standard-quality products — which certainly don't come cheap — some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.Some companies create promotional products or gimmicks, like the famed $100,000 Lucky Strikes sold in 2007. The cigarettes came in eight carat white gold packages displaying a large
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An estimated 50 million people in the United States alone light up a cigar or cigarette every day. While the vast majority smoke standard-quality products — which certainly don't come cheap — some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.

Some companies create promotional products or gimmicks, like the famed $100,000 Lucky Strikes sold in 2007. The cigarettes came in eight carat white gold packages displaying a large diamond and a large ruby — certainly not a smoking habit most people could afford for long. True luxury brands, however, focus on creating quality, not creating a marketing stir.

Here, we take a look at those brands — some of the most expensive and luxurious tobacco products in the world.

By Elizabeth Rocklin with Constance Parten
Posted 28 February, 2011

Shepheard’s Hotel Cigarettes

Price: $15/ 20 packDistributor: Connshade Cigar Manufacturer: Von Eicken Group Size: 85 mmThis full-bodied, German produced cigarette is a real specialty for connoisseurs, and comes in a handy flip-top box.
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Price: $15/ 20 pack
Distributor: Connshade Cigar
Manufacturer: Von Eicken Group
Size: 85 mm

This full-bodied, German produced cigarette is a real specialty for connoisseurs, and comes in a handy flip-top box.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway, Short Story

Price: $15Importer: JC Newman Manufacturer: Tabacalera Fuente Size: 4x49 Ring, 102 mm x 19.05 mmFormat: PerfectoWrapper: African CameroonBinder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican Republic-LongThis cigar is handmade by the most experienced cigar makers, each of whom are limited to creating only 75 cigars per day. More mellow than the regular Fuente, this medium-bodied smoke is rich with a hint of sugar and spice. It is aged for six months in cedar lined aging rooms.
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Price: $15
Importer: JC Newman
Manufacturer: Tabacalera Fuente
Size: 4x49 Ring, 102 mm x 19.05 mm
Format: Perfecto
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic-Long

This cigar is handmade by the most experienced cigar makers, each of whom are limited to creating only 75 cigars per day. More mellow than the regular Fuente, this medium-bodied smoke is rich with a hint of sugar and spice. It is aged for six months in cedar lined aging rooms.

Fantasia Cigarettes

Price: $14/20 packManufacturer: Nat ShermanDistributor: Nat ShermanSize: 101 mm, Queen Size Natural Tobacco CigaretteDesign: Gold filter tip w/charcoal filter in five colorsInspired by Nat Sherman company matriarch, Lautia Sherman, Fantasia provides a charcoal filter and all natural tobacco, creating a truly unique smoking experience. The cigarette features a gold filter tip and comes in an array of five colors.
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Price: $14/20 pack
Manufacturer: Nat Sherman
Distributor: Nat Sherman
Size: 101 mm, Queen Size Natural Tobacco Cigarette
Design: Gold filter tip w/charcoal filter in five colors

Inspired by Nat Sherman company matriarch, Lautia Sherman, Fantasia provides a charcoal filter and all natural tobacco, creating a truly unique smoking experience. The cigarette features a gold filter tip and comes in an array of five colors.

Montecristo No. 2

Price: $34Manufacturer: Alpadis Size: 6x52 Ring, 156 x 20.64 mmFormat: Torpedo (Piramide)Wrapper: Silky Connecticut ShadeBinder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican Republic-LongThe world’s most famous cigar trademark originated in Cuba and is handmade in the Dominican Republic. This mild to medium bodied cigar is described as having an "earthy quality" and flavors of "spice and nuts" with a "light balanced finish."
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Price: $34
Manufacturer: Alpadis
Size: 6x52 Ring, 156 x 20.64 mm
Format: Torpedo (Piramide)
Wrapper: Silky Connecticut Shade
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic-Long

The world’s most famous cigar trademark originated in Cuba and is handmade in the Dominican Republic. This mild to medium bodied cigar is described as having an "earthy quality" and flavors of "spice and nuts" with a "light balanced finish."

555 State Express Cigarettes

Price: $15/ 20 packManufacturer: British American Tobacco CompanyDistributor: Sante Fe Tobacco Size: 85 mmThis British cigarette is described as having a mild, agreeable flavor and can seem "less smelly" than many cigarettes.
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Price: $15/ 20 pack
Manufacturer: British American Tobacco Company
Distributor: Sante Fe Tobacco
Size: 85 mm

This British cigarette is described as having a mild, agreeable flavor and can seem "less smelly" than many cigarettes.

Ashton VSG Corona Gorda

Price: $32Importer: JC NewmanManufacturer: Ashton DistributorsSize: 4x49 Ring, 144 mm x 18.25Format: PerfectoWrapper: Ecuadorian Sun GrownBinder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican Republic-LongThe Ashton VSG is one of the most demanded cigars on the market. Its powerful flavor and complex finish come from its wrapper grown exclusively for the Ashton VSG on a private estate in Ecuador. The tobacco in this cigar is aged for five years.
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Price: $32
Importer: JC Newman
Manufacturer: Ashton Distributors
Size: 4x49 Ring, 144 mm x 18.25
Format: Perfecto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic-Long

The Ashton VSG is one of the most demanded cigars on the market. Its powerful flavor and complex finish come from its wrapper grown exclusively for the Ashton VSG on a private estate in Ecuador. The tobacco in this cigar is aged for five years.

Davidoff Classic Cigarettes

Price: $15/ 20 packManufacturer: DavidoffDistributor: DavidoffSize: 88 mmDesign: White filter-tipped Davidoff has been one of the world’s most prestigious international brands for almost a century. Only the highest-grade leaves are chosen, and Davidoff cigarette papers are finer grained than most cigarettes.
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Price: $15/ 20 pack
Manufacturer: Davidoff
Distributor: Davidoff
Size: 88 mm
Design: White filter-tipped

Davidoff has been one of the world’s most prestigious international brands for almost a century. Only the highest-grade leaves are chosen, and Davidoff cigarette papers are finer grained than most cigarettes.

Avo No. 2

Price: $20Manufacturer: Davidoff Size: 6x 52 Ring, 152 x 20 mmFormat: ToroWrapper: Silky Connecticut Shade Binder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican Republic-LongThis Davidoff cigar is handmade in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is described as having a "perfect marriage" of five different tobaccos from the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic. Its flavor is mild-bodied, and it has a "smooth, creamy" aroma.
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Price: $20
Manufacturer: Davidoff
Size: 6x 52 Ring, 152 x 20 mm
Format: Toro
Wrapper: Silky Connecticut Shade
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic-Long

This Davidoff cigar is handmade in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is described as having a "perfect marriage" of five different tobaccos from the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic. Its flavor is mild-bodied, and it has a "smooth, creamy" aroma.

Botschafter Cigarettes

Price: $15Distributor: Connshade Cigar Manufacturer: Von Eicken Group Size: 75 mmDesign: King-sized filter tippedThis king-sized, German-made cigarette is described as having an “earthy” flavor.
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Price: $15
Distributor: Connshade Cigar
Manufacturer: Von Eicken Group
Size: 75 mm
Design: King-sized filter tipped

This king-sized, German-made cigarette is described as having an “earthy” flavor.

Davidoff Royal Salomones

Price: $47.70Manufacturer: Davidoff Size: 57 RingFormat: SalomonesWrapper: EcuadorBinder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican RepublicA limited production cigar available only through Davidoff stores. It is made from a blend of aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. The company describes it as smoking with a richness and finesse that builds and changes throughout the grand format, exuding the ‘Davidoff Experience.’
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Price: $47.70
Manufacturer: Davidoff
Size: 57 Ring
Format: Salomones
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

A limited production cigar available only through Davidoff stores. It is made from a blend of aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. The company describes it as smoking with a richness and finesse that builds and changes throughout the grand format, exuding the ‘Davidoff Experience.’

Treasurer Cigarettes

Price: $39/ 20 packManufacturer: The Chancellor Company Distributor: The Chancellor Company Size: 90 mmDesign: Silver or gold tips in distinctive aluminum cigarette cases. These filter-tipped Virginia blend cigarettes are routinely referred to as the most expensive cigarettes in the world. They are packed in a luxurious aluminum pack and are enhanced by watermarked cigarette paper and silver foil tips.
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Price: $39/ 20 pack
Manufacturer: The Chancellor Company
Distributor: The Chancellor Company
Size: 90 mm
Design: Silver or gold tips in distinctive aluminum cigarette cases.

These filter-tipped Virginia blend cigarettes are routinely referred to as the most expensive cigarettes in the world. They are packed in a luxurious aluminum pack and are enhanced by watermarked cigarette paper and silver foil tips.

Cigarette Wars

America's original cash crop is under attack. Smokers have been pushed out into the cold. Tobacco growers are a dying breed. Meanwhile, the Feds continue to tackle a thriving black market, and Big Tobacco survives to fight another day.CNBC goes inside the global battle over tobacco.

America's original cash crop is under attack. Smokers have been pushed out into the cold. Tobacco growers are a dying breed. Meanwhile, the Feds continue to tackle a thriving black market, and Big Tobacco survives to fight another day.

CNBC goes inside the global battle over tobacco.