Every week, new cigars will make their entrance into the ring, new contenders to battle in the most epic cigar contest on the web: Cigar Wars! This week’s round of contenders offers a wide range of cigars from nearly every main region of the premium cigar world. With these additions, there are now over 9,500 battle combinations!

UPDATE: These cigars have now been ranked after their 1st week in the ring – see how they performed

Our contenders this week are as follows:

Southern Draw Firethorn

Southern Draw Firethorn cigarSouthern Draw Firethorn is the 2nd cigar released by boutique brand Southern Draw out of Texas. The cigars focus on Southern values and having a smooth draw—every time. This is the brand’s Habano offering, being produced at Tabacalera Fernandez in Nicaragua.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $8.50 – $10.00
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaragua – Expensive

J.D. Howard Reserve

Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve cigarCrowned Heads’ third regular production release, J.D. Howard Reserve, pays homage to outlaw Jesse James. This Western-themed smoke takes on a similar character, with smokey, campfire-like notes throughout.

While the J.D. Howard is made in the Dominican Republic, there are no Dominican tobaccos used in the blend, therefore we categorize it in the “other country” category.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $8 – $9
  • Categories: Natural – Other Country – Expensive

L’Atelier Extension de la Racine

L'Atelier Imports Extension de la Racine ER15 cigarL’Atelier Extension de la Racine is an annual, limited edition cigar that is rolled in a new vitola each year. The cigar features the rare Sanctí Spiritus tobacco and a Nicaraguan puro blend.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.50
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaragua – Expensive

H. Upmann

H. Upmann Cuban cigarH. Upmann is among the oldest and most recognized Cuban cigar brands in the world, dating back to 1844. Typically, the profile is a more mild strength when compared to some of the other sought-after Cuban cigars.

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  • Country of origin: Cuba
  • Price: $3.50 – $12.00
  • Categories: Natural – Cuba – Affordable

Sanctum

Alec Bradley Sanctum cigarThe Sanctum is Alec Bradley’s new release for 2015, featuring a diverse, multinational blend and an affordable price range.

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  • Country of origin: Hondras
  • Price: $7.00 – $9.50
  • Categories: Natural – Honduras – Affordable
New cigars will be added to the Cigar Wars battle each week, making for more interesting combinations, as well as a more accurate rankings system with time.