The big story for May was the Liga Privada T52. After making its first appearance on the leaderboard in April (#6 overall), the cigar has skyrocketed to 1st place! And considering the massive success that the cigar’s sister blend (Liga Privada No. 9) has enjoyed, including Cigar Wars’ #1 Cigar of the Year for 2016 and a recent spot among the Hall of Fame winners, don’t be too surprised if this is the next cigar to share either (or both) of those accolades.

Highest Ranked Cigars of May, 2017

These are the winners for the best-performing cigars throughout May, 2017. Each of these cigars consistently ranked highly in their respective categories throughout each week in order to earn the top positions.

In the month of May, 6 cigars were added to the database, bringing the total number of battle combinations up from 55,611 to over 57,630.

Click the pulldown labelled “See Top 10” beneath each cigar to view the top 10 cigars in each category

Highest Scoring May Debut:
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.

  • Cigar Brand: Davidoff Cigars
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Seed Rosado
  • Price: $4.85 – $19.80 (MSRP)
  • Country: Dominican Republic
Every month, five to twenty cigars are added to the Cigar Wars database in groups of five cigars. Seven days following a group’s debut, we rank each cigar based on its winning percentage after one week in battle. While our established leaderboard uses the Battle Rating score to rank cigars, we use winning percentage to rank Cigars of the Week to avoid the ever-fluctuating battle rankings throughout the week—which we feel are better suited for the day-to-day rankings. Therefore, the weekly rankings won’t be skewed by a single day’s votes when tallying up the scores.

These are the top 6 winning percentages (cigar’s 1st week, debuting in May, 2017) for a single week in battle:

See Top 6

Highest Ranked Natural Shade Cigar:
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.

  • Cigar Brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
  • Price: $11.50 – $16.25
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Maduro Shade Cigar:
Family Reserve 50 Years – Maduro

Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years maduro cigarPadrón Family Reserve 50 Years Maduro utilizes the finest tobaccos available from Padrón, having a 5×54 box-pressed robusto vitola, in celebration of the brand’s 50th Anniversary.

  • Cigar Brand: Padrón Cigars
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown Maduro
  • Price: $25.00 (MSRP)
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Affordable Cigar:
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor cigarLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is made for Ashton by the famed Garcia family in Estelí, Nicaragua. Mi Amor uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper not found on the baseline LADC cigars.

  • Cigar Brand: Ashton Distributors, Inc.
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Price: $7.00 – $8.00
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Expensive Cigar:
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.

  • Cigar Brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
  • Price: $11.50 – $16.25
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Cuban Cigar:
Montecristo No. 2

Montecristo No. 2 cigarMontecristo is the world’s largest cigar brand, and at the center of the brand is the Montecristo No. 2 cigar—the best of the best. Critically acclaimed and world-renowned, it’s a classic, to say the least.

  • Cigar Brand: Montecristo
  • Wrapper: Cuban
  • Price: $14.00
  • Country: Cuba

Highest Ranked Dominican Cigar:
Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso XXX

Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso XXX cigar Hall of FameOpusX XXX incorporates the original OpusX blend, the first successful Dominican puro—though it has been slightly tweaked for its small size, making for a stronger smoking experience.

  • Cigar Brand: Arturo Fuente
  • Wrapper: Shade Grown Dominican Rosado (Cuban seed)
  • Price: $13.00 – $25.00
  • Country: Dominican Republic

Highest Ranked Honduran Cigar:
Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado cigarAlec Bradley Prensado is best known for winning CA’s Cigar of the Year award in 2011. Since then, Alec Bradley has been a staple in many cigar enthusiast’s humidors. Highlights include a near-perfect, box-pressed construction, full flavors, and a unique, tangy profile.

  • Cigar Brand: Alec Bradley
  • Wrapper: Honduran Trojes Corojo
  • Price: $8.25 – $11.25
  • Country: Honduras

Highest Ranked Nicaraguan Cigar:
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.

  • Cigar Brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
  • Price: $11.50 – $16.25
  • Country: Nicaragua

Highest Ranked Cigar Overall:
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.

  • Cigar Brand: Drew Estate
  • Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
  • Price: $11.50 – $16.25
  • Country: Nicaragua