Our 31st week of new cigar additions for 2016 marked a huge milestone: 300 cigars in the Cigar Wars database! As such, it was a special selection of contenders, with all being highly regarded among connoisseurs. And voters responded in kind, doubling the total votes from what we see in a typical week! Despite the high average price point of $16.85 (as well as the added difficulty from the high number of votes), the group scored high—with 3 of the 5 cigars earning winning records and a combined record (50.35%) that places the group in the top 30th percentile.

Note: the top 2 cigars this week could theoretically be swapped, as they both won by the same number of votes. Our method of ranking weekly winners uses winning percentage solely, which gives the nod to Fuente. However, Davidoff received more votes, which many will view as being a more difficult challenge. (e.g., a 1 – 0 record is easier to achieve than 2 – 1)

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 December 8, 2016:

  1. One and Only

    La Barba One and Only cigarOne and Only is the 2016 limited edition blend by La Barba. The cigars are limited to 500 boxes of 10 and use an undisclosed blend, made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera William Ventura.

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    • Wins: 144
    • Losses: 156
    • Record: 48%
  2. Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011

    Ramón Allones Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011 cigarRamón Allones Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011 was the 3rd cigar selected for Habanos’ limited series, reviving the classic “Allones Extra” band. The cigars feature a darker wrapper, using top leaves of the Tapado. Tobaccos are specially selected and aged for at least 2 years. The cigars are known for their intense flavor and body.

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    • Wins: 145
    • Losses: 146
    • Record: 49.8%
  3. El Oso Ursus

    Warped El Oso Ursus cigarEl Oso “Ursus” by Warped is a limited edition version of the brand’s first cigar line. El Oso, often referred to as “The Bear”, incorporates 3 regular release sizes. Ursus uses the Latin translation for “bear”. The new size uses a corona gorda vitola and a covered foot.

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    • Wins: 167
    • Losses: 165
    • Record: 50.3%
  4. Davidoff Puro d’Oro

    Davidoff Puro d'Oro Eminentes cigarDavidoff Puro d’Oro incorporates a unique, Dominican Yamasá wrapper—a proprietary tobacco pioneered by Davidoff Master Blender Hendrik Kelner over the course of 10 years. The cigar uses a Dominican puro blend, offering a refined profile.

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    • Wins: 179
    • Losses: 167
    • Record: 51.7%
  5. Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share

    Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel's Share cigarArturo Fuente introduced the Angel’s Share blend 17 years after the original OpusX cigar. Angel’s Share uses lower priming leaves and a slightly tweaked filler for a milder OpusX experience. The cigars were introduced along a series of new releases to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.

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    • Wins: 163
    • Losses: 151
    • Record: 51.9%

Author Predictions

  1. Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share
  2. Davidoff Puro d’Oro
  3. El Oso Ursus
  4. Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011
  5. One and Only
Outcome

  1. Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share
  2. Davidoff Puro d’Oro
  3. El Oso Ursus
  4. Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011
  5. One and Only
Okay, so Davidoff and Fuente are essentially a tossup—no surprise, coming from the reining kings of Dominican cigars. My personal picks for best smoking experiences would be more like this:

  1. Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011
  2. Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share
  3. Davidoff Puro d’Oro
  4. One and Only
  5. El Oso Ursus

Wow, there’s an ungodly number of lists on this page!