All new cigars, with the exception of La Barba Purple—which is somewhat new itself, updating packaging for the 2016 IPCPR show. These are a relatively affordable lot as well, with even the smokes listed as “expensive” being only barely over the “affordable” category.

Author Predictions: 

  1. Protocol Probable Cause
  2. Hoyo La Amistad
  3. The Oscar
  4. Toraño Exodus
  5. La Barba Purple

These are not my personal choices for cigar smoking performance, rather the predicted outcome after 1 week in Cigar Wars battles

With these additions, there are now over 40,000 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:

Hoyo La Amistad

Hoyo La Amistad cigarHoyo de Monterrey entered the modern era of premium cigars in early 2016 with the rebranded HOYO. The brand now teams with industry veteran AJ Fernandez for a special, limited edition blend that showcases AJ’s knowledge of Nicaraguan tobacco.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.49 – $7.99
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaragua – Affordable – 2016

Protocol Probable Cause

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. Protocol Probable Cause cigarProbable Cause is the followup to Cubariqueño’s first release, Protocol. The name draws from the brand owner’s backgrounds in law enforcement. Probable Cause utilizes a new blend, featuring Nicaraguan tobaccos wrapped in a San Andrés Mexican maduro wrapper.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.69 – $9.89
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaragua – Expensive – 2016

The Oscar

The Oscar cigar by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.The Oscar by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. is the premium follow-up release to the brand’s popular LEAF by Oscar cigars, using primarily Honduran tobaccos and a bright, Candela cover leaf to replace the conventional cellophane.

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  • Country of origin: Honduras
  • Price: $11.00 – $13.00
  • Categories: Natural – Honduras – Expensive – 2016

Toraño Exodus

Toraño Exodus cigarToraño Exodus is among the design and blending changes introduced to the classic Toraño brand after being acquired by General Cigar Co. in 2014. A colorful and bold, new design highlights a re-blending of Exodus – showcasing a 4-country blend and proprietary wrapper.

Toraño Exodus is listed as “Other Country” because, even though it is manufactured in Nicaragua, there are no Nicaraguan tobaccos listed in the blend—therefore we cannot consider it a Nicaraguan cigar.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.99 – $8.49
  • Categories: Maduro – Other Country – Affordable – 2016

La Barba Purple

La Barba Purple cigarLa Barba Purple is the second release from La Barba Cigars, introduced in 2014 with an aim on Dominican tobaccos. The brand moved from Honduras to the DR, working with the esteemed Ventura family to make use of a unique blend of tobaccos.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $8.25 – $9.50
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2014

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.