Primarily consisting of mainstay brands for enthusiasts over the past five years, this week’s additions offer (for the most part) a high flavor/cost ratio. The group’s median price is only $7.75, with only two cigars falling under our “Expensive” category. And while both of these cigars ranked in the top three for this week, it was the affordable San Lotano Requiem Habano by AJF Cigar Co. that earned the top spot.

As a whole, the group scored an average 46% winning record; a below-average score that puts these six in the 36th percentile of all groups of new cigars to be added to Cigar Wars.

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 24, 2017:
  1. 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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    • Wins: 19
    • Losses: 37
    • Record: 33.9%
  2. 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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    • Wins: 19
    • Losses: 36
    • Record: 34.5%
  3. 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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    • Wins: 21
    • Losses: 24
    • Record: 46.7%
  4. 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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    • Wins: 27
    • Losses: 29
    • Record: 48.2%
  5. 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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    • Wins: 28
    • Losses: 27
    • Record: 50.9%
  6. 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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    • Wins: 28
    • Losses: 17
    • Record: 62.2%

Author Predictions

  1. San Lotano Requiem Habano
  2. Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary
  3. CLE Corojo
  4. Cohiba Macassar
  5. Time Flies
  6. San Cristobal Elegancia
Outcome

  1. San Lotano Requiem Habano
  2. Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary
  3. Cohiba Macassar
  4. CLE Corojo
  5. Time Flies
  6. San Cristobal Elegancia
  • San Lotano’s score of 62.2% is good—ranking in the top 16% of all new cigars ever added. This was just about the only prediction I was confidant with. Enthusiasts simply love AJ Fernandez cigars! And for good reason, AJ’s blends have long been known for big flavors and low cost. San Lotano was the brand that launched the AJF Cigar Co. we know and love today, as AJ had previously been best known for creating budget cigars for online retailers and other brands.
  • Of course Rocky Patel is another fan-favorite, and the Fifteenth blend has the look of luxury that promises an experience to match.
  • Cohiba is also very recognizable, I just figured the cost would be more of a deterrent.
  • It is interesting that CLE hasn’t performed better on Cigar Wars. The company has all the farms, factory, and experience needed to produce cigars with flavor/price values on par with AJ Fernandez, but it does seem like the CLE brand never quite clicked with consumers the way the Eiroas had hoped. This doesn’t mean the company hasn’t done well, with their more premium EIROA Cigars frequently performing well, and their large-gauge Asylum sub-brand being a popular choice for smokers entering the hobby. Also, the brand did recently change the CLE Corojo band and our image shows the older (though probably more recognizable) version.
  • Time Flies is flashy but still very new—it’s the kind of band that will attract new smokers and repel seasoned veterans.
  • San Cristobal Elegancia is an oldie (2011) but not a common choice for enthusiasts—which, either tend to stray from mild cigars or, opt for fuller-bodied and/or full-flavored versions of classic Connecticut blends.