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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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 – 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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