While only one cigar came out with a winning record, this was a solid group of five cigars. With a higher voting average than normal (123 votes per cigar, compared to an average of around 75 VPC), nearly all cigars held just under .500—scoring the highest group average (47.44% winning record) since our September 22 additions. Pretty impressive for a fresh crop in our increasingly competitive Wars!

Cigars of the Week

Each week, 5 – 10 cigars are added to the Cigar Wars battle field. And the week following, we will rank these new entrants and see how they performed in action!

Cigar of the Week Ranking Method

Ranking the best new cigar additions from November 22, 2016:

  1. Big Papi

    El Artista “Big Papi” by David Ortiz cigarFormer MLB star David Ortiz teams with fellow Dominican manufacturer El Artista to introduce the “Big Papi” cigar, blended by Ortiz with El Artista’s guidance.

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    • Wins: 54
    • Losses: 74
    • Record: 42.2%
  2. Andalusian Bull

    LFD Andalusian Bull cigarLa Flor Dominicana follows up their successful “La Nox” cigar with the new “Andalusian Bull” for 2016. Limited in production and using proprietary tobaccos, these intricately rolled figurados are full-bodied, yet smooth.

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    • Wins: 50
    • Losses: 59
    • Record: 45.9%
  3. Ave Maria Argentum

    Ave Maria Argentum cigarCigars International collaborates with AJ Fernandez once again to showcase the dark side of Ave Maria with “Ave Maria Argentum” – a perfecto that makes use of a dark, Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers.

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    • Wins: 63
    • Losses: 70
    • Record: 47.4%
  4. Last Call Maduro

    A.J. Fernandez Last Call Maduro cigarLast Call Maduro by AJF Cigar Co. is the followup to the rothschild-sized Last Call cigar introduced in early 2016. The new blend utilizes a Nicaraguan puro blend, complete with a Nicaraguan-grown Pennsylvania Broadleaf-seed wrapper.

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    • Wins: 56
    • Losses: 61
    • Record: 47.9%
  5. Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II

    Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla II cigarSensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II is the limited edition followup to the 2014 original. The cigars are a collaboration with Cigar Dojo and the La Zona factory. The sequel uses the original blend with a more slender, toro vitola.

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    • Wins: 70
    • Losses: 60
    • Record: 53.8%

Author Predictions

  1. Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II
  2. Ave Maria Argentum
  3. Andalusian Bull
  4. Last Call Maduro
  5. Big Papi

  1. Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II
  2. Last Call Maduro
  3. Ave Maria Argentum
  4. Andalusian Bull
  5. Big Papi
Last Call Maduro may be brand new, but perhaps I underestimated its recognizability from its sister blend—Last Call. Meanwhile, Andalusian Bull may be a hit among the hardcore enthusiasts, but it has a ways to go to find its way into Joe 6-pack’s humidor—or, perhaps its simply not as hot as advertised…