A lackluster group as a whole (with a 43% combined winning record), only one cigar of the six scored a winning record. This cigar was the Davidoff Nicaragua, debuting with an impressive 73.5% winning record—which is the tenth highest debut in Cigar Wars history and the fourth highest for 2017. With Davidoff Nicaragua’s addition, the “Black Label” offerings from Davidoff are now fully represented in 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 May 10, 2017:
  1. Por Larrañaga Picadores

    Por Larrañaga Picadores cigarPor Larrañaga Picadores was discontinued in the ’70s and subsequently reimagined in 2014, using a slightly thicker ring gauge, offered as a Corona Extra vitola. The blend is on the mild side, showcasing a velvety smooth smoke with delicate complexities.

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    • Wins: 7
    • Losses: 21
    • Record: 25%
  2. Cohiba Blue

    Cohiba Blue cigarCohiba Blue offers an entry point for cigar consumers into the premium collection of Cohiba’s Dominican-based cigars; using a diverse, three-country blend and proprietary, Honduran OSA tobaccos on the cigar’s wrapper and binder.

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    • Wins: 14
    • Losses: 30
    • Record: 31.8%
  3. Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas

    Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas cigarPor Larrañaga is the world’s oldest cigar brand in current production. The Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas size is among Cuba’s most sought-after small cigar, showcasing a mild to medium profile that caters towards delicate and complex nuances over strength and body.

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    • Wins: 16
    • Losses: 23
    • Record: 41%
  4. Identité

    L'Atelier Identité cigarL’Atelier Imports Identité represents the brand’s identity, using their signature Sancti Spíritus tobacco (a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo de Oro varietals) in all three portions of the cigar’s blend.

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    • Wins: 14
    • Losses: 19
    • Record: 42.4%
  5. Punch

    Punch Habanos cigarPunch cigars are among the world’s oldest cigar brands in current production. The Cuban, Habanos brand was established in 1840 and is now classified as a multi-local brand. The blend uses tobaccos of Cuba’s most premium Vuelta Abajo region and are considered medium body.

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    • Wins: 17
    • Losses: 20
    • Record: 45.9%
  6. Davidoff Nicaragua

    Davidoff Nicaragua cigarDavidoff, famed for producing ultra-premium cigars out of the Dominican Republic (and previously Cuba), introduced the head-turning Davidoff Nicaragua in 2013; using a Nicaraguan puro blend and rolled at their own Cidav factory in the Dominican Republic. This is the first in Davidoff’s “Black Label” series.

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    • Wins: 36
    • Losses: 13
    • Record: 73.5%

Author Predictions

  1. Davidoff Nicaragua
  2. Identité
  3. Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas
  4. Punch
  5. Por Larrañaga Picadores
  6. Cohiba Blue
Outcome

  1. Davidoff Nicaragua
  2. Punch
  3. Identité
  4. Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas
  5. Cohiba Blue
  6. Por Larrañaga Picadores

Last week’s predictions were my worst to date… until this week. One thing is for sure, Davidoff Nicaragua is a people’s favorite!