Cigar smoking is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people around the world, thanks to the plethora of cigars from a variety of different brands and countries across the globe.
Whether it is Dominican, Nicaraguan or Cuban cigars, everyone has their favoured stogie they turn to when they want to relax and unwind. But what about those cigars that you are so rare that veteran collectors will go to their graves without ever seeing, let alone smoking? We have looked at eight examples below:
Jack and Charlie’s “21” Selection
In the days before the Cuban embargo, the “21” Club restaurant in New York had its own stash of private-label Cuban cigars, including Jack and Charlie’s “21” Exclusive Havana Selección and Private Stock. These rare smokes were important into the U.S. by a company called Faber, Coe & Gregg and stored in the “21” Club’s very own humidors alongside special blends from established brands such as Por Larrañaga and Ramon Allones. The restaurant is still around today, minus the cigars of course!
Dunhill Flor Del Punto
The name Dunhill is well known when it comes to the world of cigars, and outside of the Dunhill-branded Cuban cigars, there were many lines of Dunhill Seleccion Cigars made especially for the retailer. Among these was Flor del Punto, complete with the standard “white rose” band associated with most Dunhill Seleccion Cigars; the ones left anyway! People have found it hard to locate Dunhill Don Alfredos and Don Candidos before, but locating a Flor del Punto takes the difficulty up another level.
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Millennium
The 1964 Anniversary Series Millennium was limited to only 1,000 humidors, with each humidor holding 100 cigars, resulting in a total of 100,000 cigars overall. These were released in the year 2000, which was 17 years ago. So, after nearly two decades, how many of these cigars are left? The odd intact humidor crops up now and then, as do individual cigars, but mostly in the hands of private collectors rather than Joe Public.
Ashton Virgin Sun Grown BBMF
Those of you who enjoy smoking cigars may have occasionally come across Fuente Fuente OpusX BBMF cigars; the BBMF stands for Big, Bad Mother… you know! These are hard enough to find as it is, but the Ashton VSG BBMF is like a four-leafed clover. Created by Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Sr. as an unusually shaped, super strong OpusX, it bulges out at the foot and is finished off with an odd mop-top cap sometimes referred to as a “Cuban tickler”.
Fuente Don Carlos Box-Pressed Belicosos
Speaking of the late, great Fuente Sr., he used to make box-pressed belicoso (strong and quick smokers) for himself, and occasionally, he would give some away. The blend was altered slightly to accommodate for the unusual size and to suit his smoking taste. They also had the rare ability to keep the ash intact when smoked beyond the three-quarter mark. Never released commercially, these were tough enough to track down when Sr. was alive, but now he has passed they may never be produced again.
Trinidad Diplomatic Cigars
Before they became commercially available, Trinidads were only available as diplomatic gifts from the Cuban government. These were slightly thinner than today’s Trinidad Fundadores and described as “a brand only reserved for the Cuban Council of State’s special gifts.” These are so uncommon they have moved from the world of rare cigars into cigar legend.
Cuban Davidoff 80 Aniversario
In the world of vintage Cuban cigars, Cuban Davidoff’s are some of the most sought-after stogies in the world. They were all discontinued in 1991 with every size from the small Chateau Yquem to the larger Dom Perignon will fetch a hefty price at auction. But perhaps the rarest of them all is the 80 Aniversario, created in 1986 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Zino Davidoff. At almost 9-inches long, it was an iconic cigar for an iconic man; but trying to find one for yourself is extremely difficult.
Cohiba Behike Original Release
Released in 2006 to celebrate Cohiba’s 40th anniversary, these humidors cost a pretty penny all those years ago. Only a few people could buy them, and even fewer decided to open the box. Soon, stories began circulating of “extras” given as gifts to the rollers who created the cigars, but these soon turned out to be urban myths. Anyone who stumbles across a loose one of these online should be wary; chances are it’s a fake. Unless you have seen the humidor they came from, or you picked the cigar out yourself, chances are it is not a genuine.