The new additions for this week were of a more elite classification, with all falling under our “Expensive” category—encompassing rarities, boutiques, newcomers, defunct favorites, and more.

Due to our staff being out of the country, these cigars received an extra week in the ring before receiving their initial ranking. This doesn’t have a negative effect, only making for a more accurate result with the added number of votes each cigar received.

With an average price of $14.65, the group tallied an overall positive score, winning 51% percent of battles—ranking in the top 65th percentile of new additions.

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 February 9, 2017:
  1. Serino Royale Maduro XX

    Serino 20th Anniversary Royale XX Maduro cigarSerino Cigar Co. entered the premium cigar market in 2016, lead by their most premium bend – Serino Royale Maduro XX. The cigars are blended by Omar González-Alemán at the heralded La Corona Cigars factory in Nicaragua.

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    • Wins: 225
    • Losses: 239
    • Record: 48.5%
  2. Plasencia Alma Fuerte

    Plasencia Alma Fuerte cigarAlma Fuerte is the first in a series of releases from the new Plasencia 1865 brand, where the famed Plasencia family of Nicaraguan tobacco artisans can adequately showcase their 5 generations-worth of tobacco expertise.

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    • Wins: 240
    • Losses: 251
    • Record: 48.9%
  3. Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series

    Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series Prominentes cigarBenji Menendez Partagas Master Series cigars were originally released in 2009. The cigars were hailed for their premium Cameroon wrappers and superior price/value.

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    • Wins: 212
    • Losses: 213
    • Record: 49.9%
  4. Undercrown Flying Pig

    Drew Estate Undercrown Flying Pig cigarDrew Estate introduced their fan-favorite “Flying Pig” size to the Undercrown line of cigars in 2012. The cigars were originally available only to the Netherlands and considered among Drew Estate’s most sought after releases.

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    • Wins: 238
    • Losses: 212
    • Record: 52.9%
  5. Davidoff 702 Series – Special R

    Davidoff 702 Series Special R cigarDavidoff has taken 7 sizes from their traditional “White Label” cigars and replaced their mild wrappers with an Ecuadorian 702 hybrid habano leaf; offering an edgier smoking experience while retaining the original cigar’s refined qualities.

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    • Wins: 177
    • Losses: 157
    • Record: 53%

Author Predictions

  1. Davidoff 702 Series – Special R
  2. Undercrown Flying Pig
  3. Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series
  4. Plasencia Alma Fuerte
  5. Serino Royale Maduro XX
Outcome

  1. Davidoff 702 Series – Special R
  2. Undercrown Flying Pig
  3. Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series
  4. Plasencia Alma Fuerte
  5. Serino Royale Maduro XX
Davidoff’s 702 Series has only been on store shelves for a few weeks, showing the high level of pull the brand has within the premium market. And then there’s the added bonus that the 702 blend is no gimmick—offering one of the most flavorful and complex experiences of 2017 thus far (in our opinion). Drew Estate’s Undercrown Flying Pig was once among the most limited cigars in the brand’s portfolio and still maintains an elite status—often looked upon as the best size in the Undercown series. Benji was once a seasonal release and suffers due to its dwindling stock in the marketplace. The final two are simply too new and unknown to many smokers—it will be interesting to watch these brands as they become more familiar over the 2017 year.