This week’s new cigars involve a healthy dose of Nicaraguan maduros, with a splash of Dominican habanos for good measure… Every cigar is new for 2016, with a good mix of very affordable to fairly expensive smokes. Perhaps the most interesting is the “Big Papi” by  former MLB star David Ortiz, with the Dominican-American set to begin touring the US to introduce his blend throughout the later portion of 2016 and leading into 2017.

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Our contenders this week are as follows:

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $8.00
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaragua – Affordable – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.00 – $6.00
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaragua – Affordable – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.00
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaragua – Expensive – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $10.25 – $13.75
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $15.00
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2016

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.