A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars


By Gregory Mottola

They’re hip. They’re rare. Sometimes they’re even a little weird. But some of the industry’s offbeat cigars have gained a serious cult following over the years in much the same way cult movies attract a small, yet passionate fan base.

In the July-August issue of Cigar Aficionado, which is heading to your mailboxes now (and on newsstands starting July 9), we look at these curiously unconventional smokes in an article called “Cult Cigars and the People Behind Them.” It provides background on today’s cult cigarmakers, the cult movement and colorful anecdotes about how far some fans are willing to go to obtain these smokes. Here, we’ve conjured an assortment of some of the quirky products from the article, as well as many others, as a companion piece to the story in the magazine.

Even if you don’t enjoy cult movies like Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor or David Lynch’s Eraserhead (or never heard of them for that matter), we’re sure you’ll be intrigued by such cigars as the Fuente Fuente OpusX Chili Pepper, Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin, OneOff+53 or Liga Privada Dirty Rat.

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