Most cigars this week were made in the DR. They are primarily natural shade blends from boutique/craft-sized manufacturers. That being said, many of these cigars were among the highest rated for 2017 (with 3 or the 5 making appearances on Cigar Dojo’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year).

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Our contenders this week are as follows:

Jacobs Ladder

Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder cigarJacobs Ladder is the most full-boded release from Souther Draw Cigars to date. The blend is “maduro heavy,” highlighted by a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper that surrounds a Nicaraguan-based double ligero filler recipe. Cigar Dojo awarded Jacobs Ladder the No. 4 Cigar of the Year for 2017.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.50 – $10.99 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Maduro – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2017

Elencos

E.P. Carrillo Elite Elenco cigarElencos is a revived brand from EPC Cigar Co., relaunching at IPCPR 2017. The cigars use a Brazilian maduro wrapper and joins EPC’s newly introduced “Elite” lineup of cigars.

Elencos is listed as “Other Country” because, even though it is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, there are no Dominican tobaccos listed in the blend—therefore we cannot consider it a Dominican cigar.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $8.25 – $9.25 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Maduro – Other Country – Expensive – 2017

Hit & Run

Matt Booth Caldwell Hit & Run cigarHit & Run is the first collaborative effort between the creative minds of Room101 (Matt Booth) and Caldwell Cigar Company (Robert Caldwell). Hit & Run showcases a softer side for Booth, whom is known for heavy-hitting Honduran blends. The cigars were limited to 100,000 (between 5 sizes) for 2017.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $10.50 – $13.25 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Dominican – Expensive – 2017

La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva

La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigarLa Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva is a special collaboration between Ernesto Pérez-Carrillo (original creator of the LGC brand) and General Cigar Co. (the current owner of the name). Colección Reserva marks the brand’s 25th anniversary, with Carrillo handling production in-house at his Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the DR.

La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva is listed as “Other Country” because, even though it is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, there are no Dominican tobaccos listed in the blend—therefore we cannot consider it a Dominican cigar.

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  • Country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $7.59 – $8.99 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Other Country – Affordable – 2017

Protocol Themis

Cubariqueño Protocol Themis cigarProtocol Themis is the 3rd cigar introduced by boutique brand Cubariqueño Cigar Company. Themis uses a Connecticut shade wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers and is produced at the La Zona factory in Estelí. Themis is mild/medium in body and known for offering great balance.

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  • Country of origin: Nicaragua
  • Price: $9.69 – $9.89 (MSRP)
  • Categories: Natural – Connecticut – Nicaraguan – Expensive – 2017

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.