We see the question asked over and over, and it usually sounds something like, “I’m celebrating ___ and I need to know what cigar to buy.” Suddenly everyone freezes, “I’ve smoked at least one cigar a day for the past five years, but suddenly I can’t think of a single one!” And out of habit, the question is answered with one of two cigars (more on that later).

We spend hours every day browsing the Dojo app (duh), and can honestly say we’ve seen nearly every cigar in existence smoked (slight exaggeration). And after absorbing all this info, we feel this is a solid list, containing the top 10 best cigars to smoke for special occasions – some of which include:

  • Bar Mitzvahs
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Graduations
  • Funerals? (we hope not)

And the list goes on…

Whatever the occasion, smoke one of these cigars and you’ll be sure to enjoy your special moment to its fullest.

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10. D’Crosier Golden Blend

This is the underdog for this list, and chances are you’ve never heard of D’Crossier Cigars. But isn’t that what you came for? To find a great cigar you may not have thought of otherwise? D’Crossier practically oozes luxury and sophistication, grab a Churchill from their Golden Blend line and don’t look back.

  • Flavor profile: Butter, cream, leather, olive oil
  • Body: Mild-medium
  • Cost: $10
  • Availability: limited

D'Crossier Golden Blend Aged 7 Years cigar

9. Camacho Liberty Series

Camacho is one of the largest and most respected cigar brands, and they’re focus is creating big, bold, full-bodied cigars. Once per year, they release a special cigar made from the best tobaccos available (typically very high in age). Each year, the Camacho Liberty Series shows a completely new and unique experience.

  • Flavor profile: varies
  • Body: Full
  • Cost: $17
  • Availability: 2,000 boxes per year

Camacho Liberty Series cigar

8. La Palina Goldie

You’ll need to keep an eye out if you’d like to experience this special treat. Released in a new vitola (shape) each year, La Palina limits this special creation to only 2,500 boxes of 10 per year. Every Goldie cigar in existence has been rolled by one woman – Maria Sierra. As one of the first women trained to roll cigars in Cuba, Sierra is considered one of the best rollers in the world. And as such, the Goldie cigar displays impeccable construction and presentation.

  • Flavor profile: Graham cracker, nutmeg, table cream, mellow spices
  • Body: Medium
  • Cost: $13 – $18
  • Availability: 2,500 boxes per year

La Palina Goldie cigar

7. Liga Privada No. 9

Drew Estate earned a name for themselves by turning the cigar world on its head with ACID Cigars, a flavor-infused smoking experience. Soon afterwards the company introduced Liga Privada, a premium cigar blend originally made for Drew Estate’s personal humidors. The Liga No. 9 blend uses an extra-dark, super premium Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that creates an explosion of satisfying smoke from start to finish.

  • Flavor profile: White pepper, leather, earth, cocoa
  • Body: Full
  • Cost: $12 – $16
  • Availability: semi-limited

Liga Privada No.9 cigar



6. Ashton ESG

This cigar is a celebration in and of itself – it was created by the legendary Fuente family for Ashton’s 20th anniversary. Rolled with some of the best tobaccos in the world, including a rare Dominican sun grown wrapper, the Estate Sun Grown is considered of the most premium cigars being rolled today. Using some of the best tobaccos, farms, factory, and rollers in existence, there’s no doubt you’ll find that extraordinary experience you’ll be looking for to compliment the occasion.

  • Flavor profile: Cedar, pepper, Graham cracker, cream
  • Body: Medium-full
  • Cost: $17 – $21
  • Availability: widely available

Ashton ESG Estate Sun Grown cigar

5. Montecristo No. 2

This cigar is a true classic, if it were a movie, it would be named Casablanca. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s, well… a Cuban! Now, we’ll be the first to tell you, Cuban cigars do not intrinsically make them better than their neighboring cigar regions. But the fact is, this is not a list of the best cigars, it’s the best celebratory cigars. And when celebrating, you want to feel like you’re on top of the world! Whether it’s the thrill of the forbidden, or the fact that this is one of the most widely recognized cigars ever made, the end result is what counts – the cigar meets the status of the occasion.

  • Flavor profile: Chocolate, aged tobacco, leather, spice
  • Body: Medium
  • Cost: $15 – £21.70
  • Availability: Not sold in US

Montecristo No. 2 cigar

4. Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 77 Shark

Their is a certain aura revolving around the rare “Shark” vitolas produced by Arturo Fuente. This size, officially named No. 77, is indeed one of the strangest and most recognizable cigar vitolas in the world. Interestingly, the name has nothing to do with the cigar’s ring gauge (54), but rather a series of labeling spoofs associated with original prototypes and, oddly enough, a trip to Sea World… The full story can be found here. Beginning with a pointed Belicoso-style cap, the cigar gradually transforms from a traditional round shape, to a full box-press at the foot – having a look not unlike a .50-caliber rifle cartridge…  These beautifully constructed gems are typically only released once per year, in the Christmas season; making them very difficult to find, therefore driving prices quite high more often then not. The blend is said to be very similar to the infamous Fuente Fuente OpusX, using a special Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper aged in cognac barrels for a minimum of 6-8 months.

  • Flavor profile: Cinnamon, sweet liqueur, chocolate, oak, coffee
  • Body: Full
  • Cost: $10 – $35
  • Availability: limited/seasonal

Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 77 Shark cigar

3. Cohiba Behike BHK

In many smoker’s eyes, the Cohiba Behike, or BHK is the pinnacle of cigars, the crème de la crème, the cream of the crop, and so on… Imagine this – if Cuaban cigars are the best in the world (debatable), and Cohiba is their premier brand, and the Behike is Cohiba’s flagship cigar offering, well you get the idea… The original Behike was made in 2006 to honor the brand’s 40th anniversary, it was limited to only 4,000 cigars and ranks among the most expensive cigars in the world. In 2010, Cohiba released the new Behike BHK, this time with a larger release, bringing the price drastically down, though still being one of the more expensive cigars available today. These cigars are truly a masterpiece, from their ridiculously outlandish packaging (which really must be seen to fully appreciate), to their ultra-high production standards, and of course, some of the finest tobaccos in the world. While these cigars can be quite tricky to track down, the smoking experience is something you’ll never forget.

  • Flavor profile: Coffee, leather, hay, butter
  • Body: Medium-full
  • Cost: $25 – $50 (£28 – £60)
  • Availability: Not sold in US

Cohiba Behike BHK cigar

2. Fuente Fuente OpusX

Consistently ranking amongst the best cigars in the world, the Fuente Fuente OpusX line is quite possibly the finest “full-bodied” smoking experience ever made. The OpusX made its debut during the peak of the great cigar boom in the mid-’90s and was the 1st ever Dominican puro (using all Dominican tobaccos). As can be expected with such a cigar, the craftsmanship is truly top notch, providing a near-perfect smoking experience time and time again. But it’s the unique flavors and strength that really sets this luxury cigar apart, perfectly balancing a powerful strength (and we mean strong!) with a brilliant sweetness of cinnamon and maple syrup.

  • Flavor profile: Cinnamon, brown sugar, leather, spicy/sweet
  • Body: Full
  • Cost: $10 – $25
  • Availability: semi-limited

Fuente Fuente OpusX cigar

1. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series

As with the OpusX, the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series saw it’s release during the cigar boom, launching in 1994, commemorating the company’s 30th anniversary. Padrón is very meticulous about their cigar blending, they control every aspect of a cigar’s creation, from the seed to the final product – the end result never disappoints. Of all the cigars on this list, this may be the easiest to locate, but this is only for the sheer fact that the Padrón 1964 is the cigar to smoke, a staple in the cigar world. Whether you’re smoking the natural or maduro, a Padrón 1964 is instantly recognizable – both in flavor, construction, and appearance. To smoke a Padrón is to say, “I deserve the best,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find, each and every time.

  • Flavor profile: Aged tobacco, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, toast, dark fruit
  • Body: Medium-full
  • Cost: $10 – $33
  • Availability: widely available

Padrón 1964 cigar

  • Test

    Cool, so, what cigar shoul I buy?

  • Charlie H.

    I personally love the Padron 1926 or Family Reserve, much more than the 1964 (imo). I do really like the BHK (52 is my favorite out of all 3 sizes) but I think that the Goldie Laguito Especial takes the cake over the BHK (in construction, flavor, complexity, balance, even in looks and size). The Goldie is rolled by a much more skilled roller and when comparing construction, the factory that rolls the Behike doesn’t even have a single category 9 roller left. The reason I think the Goldie would be a smoke I would grab more often is because of CONSISTENCY, every Goldie is perfect and you cant say that about the BHK, even when paying 2x the price or more.
    *just my opinions 😉

    • Sumatra Samurai

      Hey thanks for the comment Charlie! One thing to note about this article is that it isn’t “The 10 best cigars”, we’re taking more factors into consideration, such as availability and even status symbol, etc. – Considering it’s all about celebrating big accomplishments in life.

      I’ll agree there are better Padróns and yes, the Goldie would probably win in an all-out brawl with the Behike! : )

      • Charlie H.

        Oh I feel ya Samurai! Great list, never a bad occasion when reaching for one of those sticks! If you want to go all out special occasion grab a Monte #2 Grand Reserva 2010, I keep a few in my humi just for special moments!

        • Sumatra Samurai

          Nice, good call!