It’s not often that we find a tie after 1 week in battle, and it makes it all the more difficult when the cigars in question are fighting for the top spot. This is the situation we find ourselves in, with both Pappy Van Winkle Tradition and Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged scoring a 66.7% winning record. In this case, as we have done in the past, the top spot is given to the cigar with the most total votes—as it becomes more difficult to hold a winning record with every battle played. For example, it would be much more difficult for a cigar to have a 100% winning record after 100 battles than it would for another cigar with a 100% record and only 1 battle played.

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 October 24, 2017:
  1. Umbagog

    Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Umbagog cigarUmbagog is Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust owner Steve Saka’s take on a value-priced cigar. Umbagog is based on the Mi Querida cigar blend, using tobaccos that didn’t make the cut in order to offer an affordable cigar that smokes above its price point.

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    • Wins: 9
    • Losses: 25
    • Record: 26.5%
  2. Négociant

    Tatuaje Négociant Monopole cigarTatuaje Négociant is crafted in 4 sizes, dubbed Négociant Monopole No. 1 – 4. This represents Tatuaje’s borrowing of sister company L’Atelier Imports’ blend and marketing it as their own. The name is a French wine-making term, where wines may use grapes from another vineyard but are bottled under their own label.

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    • Wins: 10
    • Losses: 21
    • Record: 32.3%
  3. Medulla Oblongata

    Asylum Medulla Oblongata cigarMedulla Oblongata by Asylum Cigars explores the two sides of the human brain. For this release, each cigar vitola is offered in a round (Medulla) and box-pressed (Oblongata) shape. 50-count boxes are split down the center, offering both the Medulla and Oblongata.

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    • Wins: 9
    • Losses: 17
    • Record: 34.6%
  4. Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

    Pappy Van Winkle Tradition cigarPappy Van Winkle Tradition offers a traditional-style blend (compared to the unorthodox Pappy Barrel Fermented cigar), created by Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera. Tradition is sold in limited, seasonal shipments, coinciding with the annual release of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons.

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    • Wins: 18
    • Losses: 9
    • Record: 66.7%
  5. Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged

    Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged cigarImperial Stout Barrel-Aged is the collaboration between Camacho Cigars and Cigar Dojo, where Honduran Corojo tobaccos were aged for 6 months in barrels formerly containing Ten FIDY Imperial Stout.

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    • Wins: 34
    • Losses: 17
    • Record: 66.7%

Author Predictions

  1. Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged
  2. Pappy Van Winkle Tradition
  3. Négociant
  4. Umbagog
  5. Medulla Oblongata
Outcome

  1. Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged
  2. Pappy Van Winkle Tradition
  3. Medulla Oblongata
  4. Négociant
  5. Umbagog

Sure, only the top 2 spots were technically correct, but if you take the Medulla Oblongata and bring it to the bottom, suddenly I’m spot on! The cigar may be new, but it seems it’s already gained somewhat of a following.