Las Cumbres Tabaco Adding Line Extensions to Senorial Maduro and Freyja

Las Cumbres Tabaco is adding box-pressed line extensions to the company’s highly popular Senorial Maduro Natural and Freyja lines. Keeping with the Nordic theme of Freyja, brand creater Emma Viktorsson named the new vitola after Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir (pronounced me-YUL-nir, with the r rolled at the end). “My idea for a box press for Freyja was to add a larger size to her original line, which I had kept at ring gauges on the smaller side,” explained Viktorsson. “I did not want to simply add a round size, I wanted…

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The ‘Mad Science’ Behind Evil Genius Cigars

Evil Genius cigars is the brainchild of Alex Hirsch, a cigar enthusiast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania who brings a unique perspective to the art of blending. Hirsch, who has been smoking cigars for more than 20 years, brings passion, knowledge and science to the cigar industry. “My former business partner was doing some lab work analyzing premium cigar blends trying to better understand them that way,” said Hirsch. “He had replicable data.” That “replicable” data translated into a company that produces carefully crafted cigars based on analysis and market research. The…

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Cigar Review: Las Cumbres Tabaco – Freyja – Valhalla (Robusto)

– A cigar worthy of her name! It is a brilliant showcase of Dominican tobaccos that offers incredible flavor, beautiful construction and a very satisfying smoking experience. Freyja is the second brand launched under the Las Cumbres Tabaco umbrella, a company owned by Jose Blanco and his wife Emma Viktorsson. Freyja, named after a Viking goddess of beauty and fertility, was a ‘secret project’ blended by Emma, without the help of Jose Blanco. I met Freyja prior to her launch at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans this past…

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Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial Natural Maduro – Lonsdale

A complex cigar that is smooth, balanced and very satisfying The story behind the Señorial is that of true passion. This is Jose’s third release under his brand Las Cumbres Tabaco. Like all of his work, The Señorial uses top-quality premium tobaccos from his cousin, Jochi Blanco’s farm Tabacalera Palma in Tamboril, Santiago on the Dominican Republic. Señorial’s father, Jose Blanco introduced me to his darling at the 2015 IPCPR (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show) just days before it was released to the general public. I am…

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Jose Blanco Unveils New Señorial Cigars Coming to IPCPR

Jose Blanco is back at it. His company, Las Cumbres Tabaco is set to release an expansion on his flagship blend, Señorial, at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show next week. Blanco is adding a Lancero vitola to the original Señorial blend while also releasing a Maduro brand, Señorial Maduro Natural. Both cigars are manufactured at Jochi Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma factory. The new Maduro is not simply the original Señorial blend cloaked in a Maduro wrapper leaf. When Jose Blanco makes a cigar he ensures that tobacco ratios and the type…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Inside the Mind of Emma Viktorsson

HER MISSION WAS TOP-SECRET – HER PLAN WAS FLAWLESS “Why I Created Freyja” “I wanted to make sure that my cigar would fit into our company, Las Cumbres Tabaco. Freyja (Nordic goddess) and Senorial (Lordly) fit each other perfectly with our company name, ‘The Summits of Tobacco’ – translated from Spanish to English,” expressed Viktorsson. Despite growing up around tobacco as the daughter of an international executive for Swedish Match, Emma Viktorsson never dreamed of blending her own cigar. In fact, Jose Blanco was a twinkle in her eye long…

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History Behind Freyja – Emma Viktorsson’s First Blend

Freyja – sweet and emotional, strong and powerful, spicy and mysterious – a goddess in every sense of the word. The history behind Emma Viktorsson’s first ever blend, Freyja, is a captivating tale of emotion, strength and love. “I am Swedish born and for my cigar I felt drawn to show my real actual roots – Sweden and Scandinavia,” explained Viktorsson. “I have always been intrigued by the Vikings. I studied and learned as much as I could with the help of Danilo Popovski, a dear family friend.” In Norse…

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Emma Viktorsson of Las Cumbres Tabaco Releases Her Own Blend, Freyja

Emma Viktorsson, the Swedish-born co-founder of Las Cumbres Tabaco and wife of Jose Blanco, has been learning about the cigar industry ever since she was 8 years old. Today, she is celebrating the release of her very own blend, Freyja. Freyja, the Chief of Valkyries was the Viking Goddess of beauty, love, fertility and war, is a cigar born of Emma Viktorsson’s fascination for Viking and Norse Mythology and respect for tobacco and premium cigars. It was blended by her without influence from husband and master blender, Jose Blanco. “Last…

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Jose Blanco Blending Seminar at Sanj’s Smoke Shop

Jose Blanco was in town for a jam-packed weekend of blending seminars around the Garden State. He kicked off his tour at the Smoking Dog cigar lounge in Maple Shade, NJ on  March 18 and capped off the four-day sold out tour at Berkeley Humidor in Berkeley Heights, NJ on March 21. In between the Smoking Dog and Berkeley Humidor events, Jose held seminars at two other locations, Smokin’ in Ridgefield and Sanj’s Smoke Shop in Bloomfield. Because of the overwhelming number of ticket requests, Sanj was forced to host…

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Will Cuban Cigars Experience Success in America? Doubtful!

American cigar smokers clamor for a puff of the long-forbidden fruit – legally. Thanks to the new rules that went into effect on January 16, travelers can now legally enter the United States with $100 worth of Cuban cigars and booze collected from their worldly visits. But, is this just a tease or the start of an exciting future for cigar enthusiasts? The iconic cigars, which have been Cuba’s signature product ever since Christopher Columbus saw natives smoking rolled up tobacco leaves when he first sailed to the Caribbean island…

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Juan Cancel’s Top 10 Cigars of 2014

By Juan Cancel I am an avid cigar smoker who, at a minimum, smokes at least two cigars a day. That’s approximately 730 cigars throughout the year. I smoke a lot of top quality cigars. This year a whole lot of great cigars came out. I have posted my Top 10 of 2014; however, they are not numbered in chronological order. They are all amazing and are the best of the best for 2014. Epic Habano The next installation of my Top 10 Cigars of 2014 is the Epic Habano…

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Jose Blanco – The ‘Godfather’ of Cigars – Reveals his Storied Past While Continuing to Dominate Industry

Jose Blanco is a fourth generation disciple of the tobacco industry following in the footsteps that his great grandfather planted back in the nineteenth century. Since the original seed was sown, the Blanco family pioneered the success of Dominican cigars with their production of high-grade, premium tobacco. With the inception of his new company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, Blanco sets out to produce full-flavored, complex cigars that will help rejuvenate the lust for Dominican tobacco that seems to have dissipated in the wake of Nicaragua’s recent boom. Blanco fell in love…

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Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial – Paco Rubusto

“It’s an amazing cigar. It is the strongest, fullest body that I have blended. If it is not my best blend ever, it is in my very top two.” –          Jose Blanco   The story behind the Señorial is that of true passion. The final product took more than 30 test blends and seven months of relentless determination for Jose Blanco to deliver his highly anticipated release, Señorial. It is rolled using well-aged, (4 years) top-quality premium fillers from his cousin, Jochi Blanco’s farm Tabacalera Palma in Tamboril, Santiago on…

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