Cigars are truly things of beauty, and what we love most about them are all the subtle nuances and details that make every one unique. But there’s more to the process than just the cigar. Because what’s a cigar if you don’t light it on fire? A rolled up bunch of leaves, that’s what.
Unlike other smokables, cigars can be difficult to light. Some people can do it with a standard match or Bic lighter, and we respect those people. But if you want to get a guaranteed light every time, you need a cigar torch.
The Scorch Torch
We’ve featured the scorch torch before on our “Best Cigar Cutters” list, and we’re including it here too, because it’s a tremendously good lighter that perfectly plays the role of all-in-one cigar tool. This triple-jet torch is lightweight, compact, and famous for its reliability. Oh, and the cigar punch is an excellent addition. It’s one of the most widely reviewed torches in the world, and there’s a good reason why. $13
Moretti Vertigo Churchill
Churchills are named after the one and only Winston Churchill, the man who kept the U.K. on its feet during its darkest and most trying hours in WWII, and the same man who is purported to have smoked over a quarter million cigars in his lifetime. They are believed by many to be the manliest cigar style of them all, so it’s fitting that Moretti named this badass quadruple-torch flame after him. The all-metal finish comes wrapped with a grippy rubber casing to ensure a firm handle on it at all times, as well as a full viewing window and a built-in cigar punch. $13
Culinary Butane Torch
This one is kinda cheating, but it’s something we consider a “hidden in plain sight” secret among cigar aficionados. Any culinary-grade butane torch works wonderfully on cigars because they come with angled flames—usually at between 45 and 90 degrees—which means you can always see what you’re burning. It’s especially useful if you’re new to the game. This particular torch is still small enough for pocket carry, but heavy duty enough to get the job done anywhere. Common on most culinary torches, this one also features precision controls to keep the flame exactly where you want it, and it’s easy to refill and use. $18
Alec Bradley “The Burner”
We’re big at-home smokers, and while we love a good torch, we don’t necessarily need something that can fit in our pockets all the time. The Burner by Alec Bradley is an absolutely gorgeous tabletop cigar lighter that looks more like a retro Bunsen burner than anything. It’s easy to light, easy to adjust, and built like a brick. It looks good anywhere from a garage workshop to the backyard patio, and it’s a conversation piece, if nothing else. $34
If you’re a fan of bigger ring cigars, the Bolero from JetLine is a gorgeous, minimal, and super high quality three-jet torch that’ll burn anything you can throw at it. The square body is compact, beautiful, and feels solid in the hand. The push-button igniter is located in the center of the body, which gives it a unique look when used. It also comes with a punch, as well as a butane sight window. The only real gripe we have with it is that it tends to burn butane quickly (three jets will do that), but doesn’t really hold that much to begin with. Nevertheless, we’re huge fans. $35
Xikar Cirro High Altitude Lighter
Despite its name, you don’t need to be hiking Everest to find yourself attracted to this torch. It comes in a sleek and beautiful all-metal frame and features a single high altitude windproof torch, a flame adjustment wheel, a full fuel window, and a protective lid. Reviews say it lights every time even in higher altitude where lesser lighters fail, but it’ll look just as great on your outdoor patio at sea level. And for 40 bucks, it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. $40
Black Label Dictator Flat Flame Cigar Torch
The Dictator by Black Label is a cigar torch unlike any we’ve seen. Aside from its bulletproof design, this torch features a flat flame that basically forms a wide sheet of fire. As you can imagine, it makes short work out of lighting even the thickest sticks, and it looks as cool as can be. It’s a little pricey in the $100+ range, but if you’re looking for a torch that’ll turn heads and flawlessly light your cigar every time, the Dictator is great. $115
The Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox is a legendary tool that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but perhaps its crème de la crème, in our opinion, is the super rare Victorinox SwissFlame. The knife came with the standard nail file, corkscrew, blade, can opener scissors, etc. but also included a butane torch for easy lighting. It was only produced from 2002 to 2005, and was banned from sale in the U.S. because of its single-action lighter (which means there was no safety mechanism to avoid accidental flames). It’s no longer in production, but you can still find them on eBay from time to time in the $250 to $350 range. If you can get your hands on one, it’s a surefire way to make you a legend in your local lounge.