September has come and gone, bringing with it a healthy dose of changes—let’s delve in! Okay so it’s a new season folks, there’s your first change. On top of that, we added 15 new cigars to battle, bringing the total battle combinations up by over 4,000 possibilities! Then there’s our fierce competitor Liga Privada No. 9—a cigar that’s been on the verge of Hall of Fame status for months—has sealed the deal. Liga 9 by Drew Estate becomes the first cigar to enter the Hall of Fame after we increased the difficulty, requiring 3 Cigar of the Month wins within a rolling 12 month period. Lastly, we’ve fine-tuned the rankings this month, listing cigar’s positional changes from the month prior. Take a look by clicking “See Top 5” beneath any category.

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Highest Ranked Cigars of September 2016

These are the winners for the best-performing cigars of the month for September, 2016. Each of these cigars consistently ranked highly in their respective categories throughout September in order to earn the top position for the month.

Cigar of the Month Ranking Method

Highest Ranked Natural Shade Cigar: Padrón 1926 Serie – Natural

Padrón 1926 Serie natural cigarPadrón 1926 Serie Natural cigars debuted in 2002 to celebrate founder José Orlando Padrón’s 75th birthday. This Nicaraguan cigar is widely considered among the best in the world.

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  • Cigar brand: Padrón
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan
  • Price: $11 – $22
  • Country: Nicaragua
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Highest Ranked Maduro Shade Cigar: Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 cigarA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

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  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12 – $16
  • Country: Nicaragua
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Highest Ranked Affordable Cigar: La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor cigarLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is made for Ashton by the famed Garcia family in Estelí, Nicaragua. Mi Amor uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper not found on the baseline LADC cigars.

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  • Cigar brand: Ashton
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Price: $7.00 – $8.00
  • Country: Nicaragua
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Highest Ranked Expensive Cigar: Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 cigarA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

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  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12 – $16
  • Country: Nicaragua
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Highest Ranked Cuban Cigar: Montecristo No. 2

Montecristo No. 2 cigarMontecristo is the world’s largest cigar brand, and at the center of the brand is the Montecristo No. 2 cigar—the best of the best. Critically acclaimed and world-renowned, it’s a classic, to say the least.

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  • Cigar brand: Montecristo
  • Wrapper: Cuban
  • Price: $14.00
  • Country: Cuba
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Highest Ranked Dominican Cigar: Ashton VSG

Ashton VSG Virgin Sun Grown cigarAshton Virgin Sun Grown cigars feature a proprietary, sun-grown wrapper over Dominican fillers that have been blended by the renowned Fuente family in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Cigar brand: Ashton
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Price: $9.50 – $14.50
  • Country: Dominican Republic
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Highest Ranked Honduran Cigar: Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado cigarAlec Bradley Prensado is best known for winning CA’s Cigar of the Year award in 2011. Since then, Alec Bradley has been a staple in many cigar enthusiast’s humidors. Highlights include a near-perfect, box-pressed construction, full flavors, and a unique, tangy profile.

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  • Cigar brand: Alec Bradley
  • Wrapper: Honduran Trojes Corojo
  • Price: $8.25 – $11.25
  • Country: Honduras
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Highest Ranked Nicaraguan Cigar: Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 cigarA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

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  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12 – $16
  • Country: Nicaragua
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Highest Ranked Cigar Overall: Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 cigarA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

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  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12 – $16
  • Country: Nicaragua
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