Some new releases mixed in with some old favorites and some that lie in between. These new contenders come from just about all the major regions, covering Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Costa rica (sorry Cuba). Unfortunately, nearly every cigar is listed as “Expensive”, but, a) new cigars often sell closer to MSRP for awhile, before retailers start lowering the price, and b) it’s indicative of today’s market—cigar prices are simply going up, thanks to the added costs imposed by FDA regulation.

With these additions, there are now 36,000 battle combinations.

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

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Our contenders this week are as follows:

Bellas Artes

A.J. Fernandez Bellas Artes cigarBellas Artes is the most ambitious blend to date from AJF Cigar Co. The blend incorporates a proprietary, hybrid wrapper, combining 3 seeds for the new “Rojita” leaf, wrapped over a complex filler blend of 6 regions.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $8.25 – $10.50
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaragua – Expensive

Gaaja

Bombay Tobak Gaaja cigarBombay Tobak introduces their first line outside their popular MBombay series with Gaaja. The name translates to mean “Elephant”, which, in Hindu mythology, elephants teach patience. This is displayed in the years it took to procure the impressive selection of tobaccos from many regions of the world.

Gaaja is listed as “Other Country” because, even though it is manufactured in Costa Rica, there are no Costa Rican tobaccos listed in the blend—therefore we cannot consider it a Costa Rican cigar.

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  • Country of origin: Costa Rica
  • Price: $15.50
  • Categories: Natural – Connecticut – Other Country – Expensive

INCH Colorado

E.P. Carrillo INCH Colorado cigarE.P. Carrillo returns to one of their most popular lines with the INCH Colorado. Focusing on large ring gauges, INCH Colorado uses a new Ecuadoran Colorado wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan & Dominican fillers, making for a full-bodied smoke.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $8.00 – $12.40
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive

601 Red Label

Espinosa 601 Red Label cigarThe Espinosa Red Label Habano has been a staple in enthusiasts humidors for many years, beginning with EO Brands and now being made at the La Zona factory by Espinosa Premium Cigars. The easily-identifiable, colored bands help categorize the 601 line, with “Red” representing a natural, Nicaraguan Habano puro blend.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.00 – $9.00
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaragua – Affordable

EIROA The First 20 Years

Eiroa The First 20 Years cigarEIROA Cigars follows up their premium line of cigars with The First 20 Years, a Honduran puro blend made from a special selection of tobaccos; gifted to brand owner Christian Eiroa by his father, in celebration of Christian’s milestone 20 years in the cigar industry.

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  • Country of origin: Honduras
  • Price: $11.50 – $13.50
  • Categories: Maduro – Honduras – Expensive
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.