It's a cigar fit for royalty—or anyone else willing to spend the money. The vaunted Davidoff Royal Release is now heading to retailers and it costs up to $100 per smoke. The high price, Davidoff says, is due to its aged tobacco and proprietary wrapper.
According to the company, this limited edition is composed of a Dominican proprietary wrapper dubbed Aromatica Dominicana, an Ecuador Habano binder and a five-varietal filler blend of eight-year-old Dominican tobacco. And these smokes won't come cheap. The Royal Release Robusto, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 55 ring gauge, will retail for $80 per cigar. The 8 1/4 by 57 Salomones will retail for $100 each.
Said to be crafted by eight of Davidoff's most experienced Master Rollers, both sizes are made in the Dominican Republic at the Cigars Davidoff factory and come in royal blue, lacquered boxes of 10. Only 500 boxes of each size will be produced.
To complement the Royal Release, Davidoff has put out a limited-edition lighter and ashtray featuring the same royal-blue motif found on the cigars' packaging. The Royal Release lighter was manufactured by French artisans S.T. Dupont and costs $970, while the Royal Release ashtray, which is made of handblown Murano glass, retails for $290.
Royal Release is on its way to U.S. retailers now and will be shipping worldwide in late November.
Expensive cigars are nothing new for the Swiss cigar company. While the price tag on the Royal Release is quite hefty, it's not the most expensive cigar Davidoff has ever made. That accolade belongs to the Davidoff Oro Blanco, which debuted in late 2014 with a recommended retail price $500 per cigar.