Our six contenders this week need no fluff or frill, they’re the salt of the earth, the everyday smokes that have sufficiently kept the “Joe 6-pack” smoker good and satisfied over the past five years.

Not every cigar in this group carries that kind of age or price point though—Cohiba Macassar is a 2016 release that tops the brand’s luxury price point, and Time Flies is another 2016 release, though it’s much more affordable than its Cohiba cousin. Then there’s the Rocky Fifteenth, which near-any smoker has tried at least a few times, though the price still surprises us each time we’re reminded it ranges up into the mid teens.

All told, the group as a whole carries a median price of $7.75, making for an overall “affordable” collection that most smokers will be familiar with.

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Our contenders this week are as follows:

Time Flies

Foundry Tobacco Company Time Flies cigarFTC’s Time Flies is one of multiple collaborations between General Cigar and AJ Fernandez; using AJ’s Estelí factory and filler tobaccos of Fernandez’s own Nicaraguan farms.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $7.50 – $9.00 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaraguan – Affordable – 2016

Cohiba Macassar

Cohiba Macassar cigarCohiba Macassar is the most luxurious blend in the brand’s esteemed core lineup. The tobaccos are proprietary and aged up to six years, being finished in Dominican rum barrels.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $21.99 – $24.99 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2016

San Lotano Requiem Habano

AJ Fernandez San Lotano Requiem Habano cigarSan Lotano Requiem Habano by A.J. Fernandez Cigar Company showcases a diverse blend, offering a fuller-bodied smoking experience that is highlighted by a high-octane Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $6.50 – $10.00
  • Categories: Natural – Nicaraguan – Affordable – 2010

San Cristobal Elegancia

San Cristobal Elegancia cigarAshton introduced an Ecuadorian Connecticut blend to its San Cristobal lineup in 2011, teaming with the famed Garcia family to blend the Elegancia. The cigar is the only Connecticut Shade offering from San Cristobal, offering a fuller-bodied experience than Connecticuts of old—hovering around the medium-light-body range.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $5.50 – $8.00
  • Categories: Natural – Connecticut – Nicaraguan – Affordable – 2011

Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary cigarRocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary cigars debuted in 2010 to celebrate Rocky’s anniversary in the cigar industry. It is among the brand’s highest scoring blends, ranking among the top 25 cigars of the year on three occasions.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.00 – $13.50
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2010

CLE Corojo

CLE Corojo cigarAmong CLE Cigars’ most popular offerings is their core-line CLE Corojo. The cigar showcases the esteemed Eiroa family’s rich heritage for Honduran, Cuban-seed tobacco.

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  • Country of origin: Honduras
  • Price: $5.25 – $7.25
  • Categories: Natural – Honduran – Affordable – 2012

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.