This week’s collection is all about supercharged versions of popular brands!

The latest release is Davidoff’s 702 Series, where the brand simply swaps out their mild, Connecticut wrapper for a new, 3-piece hybrid Habano, kicking the body up a few notches! Then Serino showcases their most luxurious smoke with the new Maduro XX, a more premium edition of their Royale Maduro. Then you have the legendary Flying Pig from Drew Estate—which has finally become more readily available in over the past couple years. Plasencia kicks off their new 1865 brand with the Alma Fuerte—an ULTRA-premium blend that showcases their family’s world-famous tobaccos. And then there’s Partagas’ most famed, non-Cuban release in the last decade—Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series—which was a favorite among enthusiasts for its superior price/value, until its retirement in 2013.

AUTHOR PREDICTIONS

With these additions, there are now over 50,000 battle combinations!

UPDATE: These cigars have now been ranked after their 1st week in the ring – see how they performed

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Our contenders this week are as follows:

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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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $21.40 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2017

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.75 – $10.50 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $12.36 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2012

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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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $20.00 – $22.00 (SRP)
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2016

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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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $7.00 – $12.00
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2009

New cigars will be added to the Cigar Wars battle each week, making for more interesting combinations, as well as a more accurate rankings system with time.