In 1966, the Cuban capital of Havana witnessed the opening of the El Laguito cigar factory. What was initially set up to address the demands of Fidel Castro and other heads-of-state has today ended up as an establishment that is a living advert for the superiority of Cuban cigars. An ode to its legacy is the Cohiba Behike 54, one of the most expensive and exclusive cigars in the world. The interplay of the Cuban-grown wrapper, binder and filler found in this robust extra cigar, leads to an eclectic mix of flavours. The light chocolate brown wrapper has a strong barnyard smell and offers a smooth draw. The first phase of the smoke offers woody and earthy hints of hay and cedar. The second phase begins on a spicy note and gets sweeter and creamier along the way, with intense earthy flavours. Named after a Cuban tribal chief, the Behike is designed to honour 40 years of the brand's heritage and is individually hand rolled under the guidance of Cuba's master tobacconist Norma Fernndez Sastre. With a length of 5.7" and a Ring Gauge of 54 mm, ten cigars come packaged in each lacquered box, setting you back by Rs 30,000.
Arturo Fuente Opus X
The quality of any cigar's draw is determined by its wrapper. Carlos Fuente Jr exploited the virtues of this science while crafting his full bodied smoke. Employing a rich Rosado wrapper from Fuente's organic tobacco firm, the cigar has been infused with spicy and citrus notes throughout the body. The 7 5/8" long double corona has a 49mm ring gauge and offers a rich and robust cedar flavour. The year-long rum barrel ageing also imparts a slight rummy hint.
This is a connoiseur's classic.
Dunhill signed range toro
With each box of 25 cigars individually signed by the maker, this is a collector's edition. The range binds the aroma of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos in an African Cameroon binder. Scented with cedar and cinnamon notes, the full bodied cigars are cedary and spicy on the nose and leave hints of coffee, chocolate and sweet spice on the palate. Priced at about Rs 23,750 for a box of 25, they're definitely worth the cost.