Senorial is the freshman release for the new cigar company, Las Cumbres Tobaco, founded by Jose Blanco. I think most people know Jose. For those those who don’t know, Jose has been in the cigar industry longer than I have been alive. Jose has previous worked at La Aurora and Joya de Nicaragua. If you want to hear Jose talk about his new company in detail, watch his latest CigarChat episode.
Here is a little about what Jose has to say about the Senorial.
My devotion to tobacco, my persistent hunt for further knowledge and my passion for blending, together with my family-history and rich tobaccos, bring you Señorial Cigars.
Lets do this!
Las Cumbres Tobaco Senorial No.5
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Size: 5.5 x 46
Wrapper: Ecudorian Habano
Binder: Esteli Criollo
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano & Corojo
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer
Price Point: $7.5
Cigar Purchased: Samples from Unnamed BOTL
Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 89 AKA “Five Pack”
Logan’s Review – Rating 87 AKA “Five Pack”
There is a ton of cedar on the light, followed by what I would call mushrooms. There is a nice non-descript spice on the retrohale, which isn’t overpowering. Next there are notes of sour bread, which have a very mild earthy undertone. Thus far the Senorial is well constructed and balanced.
Without a doubt, this is a classic Dominican profile. There is definitely more spice in the Senorial than I expected, which keeps me interested. Notes of hay and musk show up next. Until this point there has been a flavor which has bounced in and out of the profile, which has been difficult for me to nail down. Around the mid-way point I am able to nail it, almonds.
There is a mild sourness which comes in and remains for the final third. It isn’t a bad thing. It is a nice contrast to the rest of the flavors. It reminds me somewhat of the sour notes in the Mule Kick. Outside of the sour notes, end of the Senorial doesn’t change too much, and remains cool allowing me to nub it out.
While the Senorial isn’t the type of cigar I normally gravitate too, it is enjoyable. I think someone like Catfish is really going to dig it. It definitely won’t be the last cigar I smoke for the day, but rather, the first thing I reach for in the morning with a cup of Black Tea. Although I did buy a box of the Corona Gorda’s, I can’t rate the Senorial in the 90’s. It is just too much of a departure from what I typically enjoy.
Jerad’s Review – Rating 86 AKA “Couple”
The preflight has an earthy, vegetable-like scent. I would most compare it to the earthy, meaty scent of a mushroom, with some tobacco notes. The cold draw was a strong hit of this mushroom flavor with a slight hint of spice.
The first third is a dominant cedar note that has a somewhat dry mouthfeel, but is accompanied by bursts of that meaty, mushroom flavor, which counteracts the first. The smoke from the Señorial is THICK! With a sharp burn line and a tight, white ash that holds very well.
The second third is still burning to perfection. There is a sourness that keeps arising, but it isn’t the bad kind. It’s more of a sour bread flavor, so just keep it slow, and you can attain this interesting flavor note. In the final third, the sourness goes away and what remains is doughy, bread flavor, that I have found to be pretty rare among what I have smoked. I did have the Señorial go out on me twice, but I may have been going too slow.
Everything was perfect, until about the very last inch. Where, the Señorial went out and would not light back up. I clipped off just past the burn and tried relighting, but the tobacco just would not burn. I was not able to nub it, but I did enjoy the 7/8 that burned, and this was my only flaw with this cigar. But it did affect my score, this was an 88-89 until this. The mushroom flavor was also just a bit much for me at times.
Dustin’s Review – Rating 94 AKA “Box Purchase”
The first third is a bit strong for my tastes, but the flavor changes, finish, and depth make it a no brainer box buy. My guess is it will take 1-2 years to get the balance in the first third I like, and given the limited production, I need this in my humidor. This will be in the running for my Cigar of the Year, and I would be willing to bet the house the blogging world will go nuts over it. It has the power to attract full-bodied fans and less experienced smokers, the changes and depth for the aficionados, and the finish for a picky guy like me. Had the first third has a little more balance; I would have rated it higher; however, judging by the quality of this tobacco, I know it will age similar to Opus X. This was as good as the Lost City I reviewed earlier this year.
Tyler’s Review – Rating 89 AKA “Five Pack”
I have been eagerly anticipating this review for a while. I am a huge fan of Jose Blanco and the vast portfolio of cigars he has worked on over the years. When I heard he was launching his own company I knew I had to hunt some down on their release.
I do not pick up much on the cold draw other than sweet tobacco. The cigar has great construction. After lighting, I am first hit with a dry spice that stays after each draw. There is great smoke output with hints of cinnamon and a slight nuttiness. The spice tones down slightly after about a half inch and the profile starts to balance out. The slight nuttiness turns into a rich nutty profile. It is quite enjoyable but different from what I expected to be honest.
Into the second third the nuttiness is still dominant with the spice in the background. There are a few burn problems but this is likely due to it being 95% humidity out right now (yes, 95% what the crap). The flavors are smooth and are marrying nicely. Not much changes in the final third. Halfway through the cigar starts having trouble staying lit so I let it go out.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable cigar that I would revisit again. The rich nuttiness was definitely intriguing. This rates an 89 out of 100 meaning I would pick up a five pack.