For the second week in a row, a top-shelf Fuente cigar was added to the battle; and, for the second week in a row, said Fuente came out on top—go figure. The only real surprises were the high-scoring record for the Illusione (don’t get me wrong, it completely deserves it) and the low score for Viaje’s Honey & Hand Grenades. Sure, Viaje has been trending downward over the past couple years, but the HHG is not only among their most popular releases, but one of the most recognizable cigars on the shelf. After taking three years off, consumers have apparently moved on. Whether or not the cigar can regain its cult popularity will rely on many factors, smoking performance would be a good place to start.

As a group, these five performed on par with their price tags, scoring a group average of over 56% winning record—landing within the top 12% of all new cigars in their first week.

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. Honey & Hand Grenades

    Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades cigarViaje Honey & Hand Grenades is one of the most recognizable cigars in the world of craft/boutiques, using figurado shapes and bright, foil-wrapped packaging. The cigars use a Nicaraguan puro blend and have been made for 2012, 2013, and 2016 small-batch releases.

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    • Wins: 14
    • Losses: 16
    • Record: 46.7%
  2. Classic Covers Volume 4

    AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 4 cigarAVO cleverly incorporates a music-inspired theme into a 2-year, limited edition series that “covers” their original cigars with upgraded versions, ending with 2016’s Classic Covers Volume 4 cigar, based on the brand’s AVO Domaine blend.

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    • Wins: 21
    • Losses: 18
    • Record: 53.8%
  3. Herrera Estelí Miami

    Herrera Estelí Miami cigarHerrera Estelí Miami combines the world-renowned talents of the El Titan de Bronze factory with Drew Estate’s unparalleled selection of tobaccos. Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera returns to his family’s own ETDB factory, crafting a special experience for the connoisseur.

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    • Wins: 19
    • Losses: 15
    • Record: 55.9%
  4. Singularé 2013 Rose Croix

    Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix cigarIllusione’s limited edition offering for 2013 was the Singularé 2013 Rose Croix, a Nicaraguan puro rolled with select tobaccos in a large, Churchill size. The cigars were limited to only 900 boxes of 15, due to availability of the rare AGANORSA tobaccos used.

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    • Wins: 29
    • Losses: 17
    • Record: 63%
  5. Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration

    Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration cigarArturo Fuente celebrates 20 years since the original launch of the OpusX with the special-edition Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration, using a new/tweaked blend (including lower-priming wrapper) and a striking new OpusX blue presentation.

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    • Wins: 36
    • Losses: 20
    • Record: 64.3%

Author Predictions

  1. Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration
  2. Herrera Estelí Miami
  3. Honey & Hand Grenades
  4. Classic Covers Volume 4
  5. Singularé 2013 Rose Croix

  1. Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration
  2. Singularé 2013 Rose Croix
  3. Herrera Estelí Miami
  4. Classic Covers Volume 4
  5. Honey & Hand Grenades
As mentioned, the Fuente was a sure bet—limited edition, 20 year commemoration of one of the most iconic cigars of our generation? Check!