Cigar Wars was officially announced on November 6, 2015. After weeks of exhausting research and graphics for 100 cigars, the site launched as an exclusive feature for the Cigar Dojo app (aka “The Social Cigar App”), where users could rank cigars on a completely different level than had ever been possible. No longer were hobbyists forced to rely on the opinions of a select few bloggers, hoping to find the closest match of someone with a similar palate—not to mention deciphering the many scoring systems that assign an arbitrary, numerical score to each reviewed cigar…

Rankings became crowd-sourced on a massive scale, giving a truer sense of a cigar’s appeal to the cigar-smoking masses. Not only this, but because Cigar Wars avoids the faults of user ratings (we’ve all seen the devious types tarnish ratings with unjustifiable “1” or “100” scores)—instead offering the simple choice of, “Which cigar would you rather smoke?”—you find a more, dare we say, realistic list of rankings. When a user is presented with this choice, all variables are instantaneously accounted for—conscious or sub—meaning price, appearance, availability, flavor—you name it—all combining for the simple task of choosing one cigar over another.

Of course, there’s the game aspect to consider… meaning some will, no doubt, rank down (or up) their favorites. This is why we called it Cigar WARS—’cuz it’s war out there! No worries, our advanced Battle Ratings system accounts for this.

But one thing it doesn’t allow is a more long-lasting recognition of a cigar’s accomplishments. For this reason, we recognize the best-performing cigars each week, month, and year!

And while 2015’s results only featured a few week’s worth of data (the results were still quite interesting!), 2016 was a massive undertaking of data to sift through—giving a clear-cut snapshot of the best-performing cigars in the eyes of cigar fanatics (not just the Cigar Dojo community, after opening up Cigar Wars to the public in 2016). Cigar Wars went from 100 cigars to 307 in its first year, adding 42,021 possible battle combinations that users could be presented with! Every month, the list grows… making for a more informative (and accurate) rankings system with time.

Highest Ranked Cigars of 2016

These are the winners for the best-performing cigars throughout 2016. Each of these cigars consistently ranked highly in their respective categories throughout the year in order to earn the top positions.

Click the pulldown labelled “See Top 10” beneath each cigar to view the top 10 cigars in each category

*See how cigars are ranked for the Cigars of the Year standings*

Highest Scoring 2016 Debut:
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series – Natural

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series natural cigarThe 1964 Anniversary Series was introduced in 1994 to commemorate Padrón’s 30th anniversary. The cigars are among the most prized in the world, having superior complexity, consistency, and an overall refined smoking experience.

  • Cigar brand: Padrón
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown (4-year-aged)
  • Price: $9.50 – $34.00
  • Country: Nicaragua
Every month, ten to twenty cigars are added to the Cigar Wars database in groups of five cigars. Seven days following a group’s debut, we rank each cigar based on its winning percentage after one week in battle. While our established leaderboard uses the Battle Rating score to rank cigars, we use winning percentage to rank Cigars of the Week to avoid the ever-fluctuating battle rankings throughout the week—which we feel are better suited for the day-to-day rankings. Therefore, the weekly rankings won’t be skewed by a single day’s votes when tallying up the scores.

These are the top 10 winning percentages (cigar’s 1st week, debuting in 2016) for a single week in battle:

Highest Ranked Natural Shade Cigar:
Padrón 1926 Serie – Natural

Padrón 1926 Serie natural cigarPadrón 1926 Serie Natural cigars debuted in 2002 to celebrate founder José Orlando Padrón’s 75th birthday. This Nicaraguan cigar is widely considered among the best in the world.

  • Cigar brand: Padrón
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan
  • Price: $11.00 – $22.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Maduro Shade Cigar:
Sobremesa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa cigarSobremesa is the first release from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, the latest venture from industry veteran Steve Saka—marking a highly-anticipated release for cigar enthusiasts worldwide, after Saka’s departure from Drew Estate.

  • Cigar brand: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
  • Wrapper: La Meca Ecuador Habano #1 Rosado
  • Price: $9.50 – $15.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Affordable Cigar:
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor cigarLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is made for Ashton by the famed Garcia family in Estelí, Nicaragua. Mi Amor uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper not found on the baseline LADC cigars.

  • Cigar brand: Ashton
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Price: $7.00 – $8.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Expensive Cigar:
Liga Privada No. 9

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 cigar 1 starA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12.00 – $16.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Cuban Cigar:
Behike BHK

Cohiba Behike BHK cigarThe Cohiba Behike BHK is rolled at the famed El Laguito factory in Cuba. Behike features immaculate construction, including the perfectly placed pigtail cap. The cigar is a winner of a number of awards and is often considered the best and most sought-after (currently produced) cigar in the world.

  • Cigar brand: Cohiba
  • Wrapper: Cuban
  • Price: $26.00 – $35.00
  • Country: Cuba

Highest Ranked Dominican Cigar:
Fuente Fuente OpusX Lost City

Fuente Fuente OpusX Lost City cigarFuente Fuente OpusX Lost City is a variation of the famous OpusX blend, which uses an unusual selection of tobaccos grown later in the year, during the summer months. The tobaccos are said to be aged for 5 years before rolling and are created in small batches annually.

  • Cigar brand: Arturo Fuente
  • Wrapper: Dominican
  • Price: $28+
  • Country: Dominican Republic

Highest Ranked Honduran Cigar:
Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado cigarAlec Bradley Prensado is best known for winning CA’s Cigar of the Year award in 2011. Since then, Alec Bradley has been a staple in many cigar enthusiast’s humidors. Highlights include a near-perfect, box-pressed construction, full flavors, and a unique, tangy profile.

  • Cigar brand: Alec Bradley
  • Wrapper: Honduran Trojes Corojo
  • Price: $8.25 – $11.25
  • Country: Honduras

Highest Ranked Nicaraguan Cigar:
Liga Privada No. 9

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 cigar 1 starA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12.00 – $16.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Cigar Overall:
Liga Privada No. 9

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 cigar 1 starA maduro lover’s dream come true. The Liga Privada No 9 from Drew Estate is a dark and oily gem that generates a massive billow of smoke with each puff.

  • Cigar brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Price: $12.00 – $16.00
  • Country: Nicaragua