A month-long sabbatical was an absolute necessity after compiling Cigar of the Week, Month, and Year rankings lists (as well as an even more in-depth year-end list at Cigar Dojo) to end 2016. But Cigar Wars is back with all-new contenders for 2017!

For the first batch of the year, we’ve selected a variety that includes three countries, lots of blend varieties, some classics, some new boutiques, and some ultra-premiums! What did the Cigar Wars voters do with such variety? Well they went with the ultra-premiums… (hey, tell me you’re not gona pick the Padrón when you have these 5 laid out before you).

All cigars did fairly well, scoring a group average of 57%. The Padrón performed predictably well, scoring the 2nd highest opening week in Cigar Wars history! (Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Natural holds the top record).

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!

SEE ALSO: Cigars of the Week Ranking Method Explained

Ranking the best new cigar additions from January 20, 2017:
  1. Martial Law

    Nomad Martial Law cigarNomad Martial Law uses a new factory to introduce an “amped-up” version of the popular Estelí Lot 8613 cigar. A Nicaraguan bend, complete with double ligero fillers, showcases a very “full” smoking experience.

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    • Wins: 16
    • Losses: 25
    • Record: 39%
  2. Matilde Serena

    Matilde Serena cigarMatilde Serena is the fourth offering from Matilde Cigars, showcasing a more limited production for the brand’s most mild blend to date.

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    • Wins: 13
    • Losses: 15
    • Record: 46.4%
  3. Sancho Panza Belicosos

    Sancho Panza Belicosos cigarSancho Panza is among the oldest Cuban cigar brands still in existence (dating back to 1848), with the intricately-crafted Belicosos size being among the most popular in the series. The blend showcases a medium body.

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    • Wins: 20
    • Losses: 19
    • Record: 51.3%
  4. Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark

    Liga Privada UF-13 Dark cigarLiga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark cigars were introduced in 2013. The blend was originally a contender to become the T52 cigar, but was re-branded and re-blended, making for a stronger version of T52, while retaining a similar complexity.

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    • Wins: 23
    • Losses: 12
    • Record: 65.7%
  5. Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 – Natural

    Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 natural cigarAmong the many special releases in 2016 for brand patriarch José Orlando Padrón’s 90th birthday was the 1926 Serie No. 90, using special tubo packaging, a new robusto size, and the line’s first use of a non-box-pressed shape.

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    • Wins: 28
    • Losses: 6
    • Record: 82.4%

Author Predictions

  1. Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 – Natural
  2. Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark
  3. Sancho Panza Belicosos
  4. Martial Law
  5. Matilde Serena

  1. Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 – Natural
  2. Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark
  3. Sancho Panza Belicosos
  4. Matilde Serena
  5. Martial Law
It’s tough to mess with those top 3—kind of makes you feel bad for Matilde and Nomad being grouped with these legends. But now they’re in the ring, the full database, where cigars rise and fall to prove their ultimate worth. It will be interesting to see how these 2 perform against the other cigars in their brand’s portfolios (Matilde Oscura, Matilde Quadrata, Nomad Esteli Lot 8613, etc.)