Have a half million to burn on one of the word’s most expensive cigars? Well, let us introduce you to the Mayan cigar, also called “sicar” or sikar in the native language. With a hefty price tag of $507,000, it’s no wonder it made our list of the world’s most luxurious cigars to add to your collection.
The fact that they were hand-rolled by the ancient Mayans alone makes these cigars rare pieces of history suited for any museum or fine cigar collection… but how they were discovered is quite amazing as well.
The Discovery of the Mayan Sicars
In 2012, a stash of these ancient relics was discovered in a cave located in a Guatemalan village. Over eight hundred cigars were found buried several feet deep in sealed clay pots and labelled with glyphs reading “sicars” — this translates quite literally to to smoke rolled tobacco leaves.
The team of Tampa University archaeologists who stumbled across the cigars traced them back at least six hundred years. The discovery actually helped shed some light on the origins of the cigar. We can now definitely be certain that the cigar was invented well before the days of Christopher Columbus. He did, however, bring it to Europe where it was further popularized.
While the entire collection was auctioned off and sold to Gary Liotta, you probably still actually have the chance at owning one of these pre-Columbian cigars. Just don’t wait too long, since Liotta is the owner of Santiago Cigar Factory in Rochester, New York.
Historically, the Mayan cigars are among the most intact ever to be found. The fact that they survived for centuries is pretty phenomenal. And just in case you were wondering: they have been deemed safe for smoking… but why would you want to?
Like a protected time-capsule, the discovery of these Mayan cigars showed us that ancient men loved their cigars just as much as their modern counterparts — no surprise there.