After tallying the results for the best-performing cigars in January, 2018, Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9 has become the first cigar to be admitted to the Cigar Wars Hall of Fame on a second occasion.
The Hall of Fame was first introduced in February, 2016 as an attempt to free up the top 100 list, as the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro occupied the top spot without interruption. Originally, cigars were admitted to the HOF after winning two Cigar of the Month titles within a rolling year. These cigars were then removed from battle for a full year. But as more cigars were added to the database, competition increased and there became less of an issue with one cigar continuously dominating the stats. The time cigars spent sitting out of CW battles lessened more and more, and HOF cigars are no longer removed from the battles at all. Also, it now required three Cigar of the Month wins within a rolling year to become a Hall of Famer.
Since debuting in late 2015, Cigar Wars has inducted only four cigars to the HOF: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro (2/8/16), Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso XXX (5/1/16), Liga Privada No. 9 (10/1/16 and 2/26/18), and Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Natural (4/3/17).
Hall of Fame cigars receive a star on the bottom corner of their icons, helping to distinguish them from the pack in the CW database—Liga Privada No. 9 now displays two stars. And while the HOF no longer removes cigars from battle, we believe it serves as a more perennial recognition of the absolute best premium cigars (as compared to the short-term awards such as Cigar of the Week, Month, Year, etc.).