This week’s additions were primarily about righting wrongs and adding the serious challengers that have been sorely missed from the elite and highest ranking contenders in the Cigar Wars database. The results reflected this, with the three highest-scoring cigars all ranking among the top 26 cigars ever added to Cigar Wars (after 1 week of voting). Not only this, but Cohiba Robusto and Liga T52 both ranked among the top 10; with the Liga Privada T52 scoring the second best winning percentage of all time—a current frontrunner for the best of 2017.

As a whole, this group carried an average price of $11.66 and a winning percentage of 62%. This marks the third highest-scoring group ever added.

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 March 14, 2017:
  1. Archetype Initiation

    Ventura Cigar Co. Archetype Initiation cigarArchetype Initiation is one of five new blends coming from Ventura Cigar Company in 2016. Initiation cigars showcase a milder, nuanced blend and caught attention for being rolled at Drew Estate’s famed factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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    • Wins: 15
    • Losses: 22
    • Record: 40.5%
  2. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A.

    Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. cigarThe first cigar in the Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. series is commonly referred to as the “red label.” The cigars use a Nicaraguan puro blend, offered in four sizes. Regius CEO Akhil Kapacee crafted the series for the American palate, using more spice and body than other Regius cigars.

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    • Wins: 15
    • Losses: 15
    • Record: 50%
  3. Meridian

    Cornelius & Anthony Meridian cigarMeridian is the fourth release in the newly rebranded Cornelius & Anthony brand. This nautically themed cigar uses a medium-bodied, Habano blend; made at the La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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    • Wins: 22
    • Losses: 20
    • Record: 52.4%
  4. CroMagnon

    RoMa Craft CroMagnon cigarRoMa Craft introduced their popular CroMagnon line of cigars in 2011, using a clean and modernized design, full flavors, and low cost to attract consumers. The cigar’s “early man” theme has since carried over to other blends in RoMa Craft’s portfolio.

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    • Wins: 26
    • Losses: 14
    • Record: 65%
  5. Cohiba Robusto

    Cohiba Robusto Cuban cigarCohiba Robusto is part of the Cuban brand’s Línea Clásica series, among the first cigars offered from the brand developed by Fidel Castro in the 1960s. The Robusto was added in 1989, shortly after Cohiba’s official debut in 1982. It is among the most sought-after Cuban robustos.

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    • Wins: 35
    • Losses: 10
    • Record: 77.8%
  6. Liga Privada T52

    Liga Privada T52 cigarLiga Privada T52 is the hugely successful successor to Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9 cigar. T52 uses a special, stalk-cut & cured, sun-grown Habano wrapper from the famed Connecticut River Valley. This rare wrapper makes T52 among Drew Estate’s most limited cigars to this day.

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    • Wins: 47
    • Losses: 8
    • Record: 85.5%

Author Predictions

  1. Liga Privada T52
  2. Cohiba Robusto
  3. CroMagnon
  4. Meridian
  5. Archetype Initiation
  6. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A.
Outcome

  1. Liga Privada T52
  2. Cohiba Robusto
  3. CroMagnon
  4. Meridian
  5. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A.
  6. Archetype Initiation
Hard to go wrong with a group this solid. Sure, the Archetype Initiation and Regius Exclusivo aren’t top of mind for most consumers, but both are relatively new. The real story here is the Liga and Cohiba’s massive scores—cigars that could (and should) rank extremely high, come the 2017 Cigars of the Year awards at Cigar Wars.