In May, Las Cumbres Tabaco announced that they would be releasing their third line and that the line would be showcased at the IPCPR in July. It is always exciting to see what a new line will be for any company, but this particular release was very exciting as it was not a release from Jose Blanco, but rather from his wife Emma Viktorsson. The cigar would be called Freyja, paying respect to Nordic mythology and her home country of Sweden, and would be her first blend released to the market. This was a project that Emma worked on without the assistance or guidance of Jose Blanco, and it is a blend that she put a lot of time in. Emma has been in the industry for over ten years, working at nearly all levels and nearly all departments, so it was with those years of experience that she developed Freyja. Today I conclude my week of prerelease reviews with the soon to be released Freyja line, and look specifically at the Freyja Sessrumnir Corona Larga.
Cigar: Freyja Sessrumnir Corona Larga
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera Palma
Wrapper: Dominican Criollo '98 (La Canela)
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo '98 (Esteli, Nicaragua) and Dominican Piloto Cubano & Criollo '98 (La Canela)
Length: 5 3/4"
Ring gauge: 42
Vitola: Corona Grande
The Freyja sports a very light Colorado wrapper and there are some Natural qualities present with that. It has a very faded brown coloring and the cigar sports some dark brown veins. It is slightly firm throughout and it has a smooth texture overall. The wrapper gives off an aroma of tobacco, soft but comforting spices, wood and earth qualities, while the foot is showing some fruit and cocoa qualities.
The cigar opens up by showing a nice combination of flavors and I am picking up some oak, leather and hearty spice notes. It is accompanied by some rich earth qualities with that, and there is a sweetness with that. There is a sour fruit flavor present as well, and it has this sour ale quality present on the finish. It is a complex and full flavored blend, and you can pick up the Dominican Piloto Cubano and Criollo '98 flavors. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in strength, but the body and flavors are an easy full level. So far the construction is top notch and it is producing an even burn line with a white charcoal colored ash on the end. The draw is cool, producing a great bit of smoke, and it has a long finish.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding that the spice notes are really taking main stage. There are some pepper notes with that, and it has some oak and tobacco flavors as well. I am picking up some fruit and herbal flavors on top of that, and it has a finish which is showing some sour fruit and sweet earth notes. This is a blend where you can really pick up the tobaccos, and I am getting the Mexican San Andres and Criollo '98 flavors. The flavors and body remain at that full level in this third and the strength is smoking at that medium-full level. In terms of construction the cigar is top notch and it is producing an even burn line with that light charcoal ash on the end. The draw remains cool and smooth, and it is giving off a nice amount of smoke while remaining flavor focused.
When I get in to the final third of the cigar I find that it continues to deliver a lot of the similar flavors that were present in the second third. It is showing a lot of spice qualities and they are paired with some rich earth, oak and leather notes. There are some rich earth, sweet cocoa and tobacco qualities present as well, and it has a finish of sour fruit. It remains to smoke at a full flavor level, and the body and strength are at a solid medium-full level. The construction remains top notch in the end and it is showing an even burn line with that a solid white charcoal ash on the end. The draw remains cool and I smoke the cigar down to the end where it remains flavor focused.
Freyja is an enjoyable new line for Las Cumbres and I am interested in hearing thoughts from others. It definitely has that taste that you get with Dominican tobacco from Tabacalera Palma, and it is a blend that shows the flavors of the tobaccos involved. Some cigars are more difficult in picking up the tobaccos used, but this is a cigar where you can really pick out the flavors. Freyja is a complex and full flavored cigar, and it has a pronounced body and strength with that. I am interested in seeing where the blend is in six months to a year, and I would love to see how the cigar mellows and what it does to the flavors. The construction was top notch with the cigar, and that has been the case with all of the releases from Las Cumbres even though the factory of Palma itself does not always show great construction. I found that the Corona Larga was the more superior of the vitolas in the line, and it is a smoke that excels in the smaller format. Emma really worked hard to present her credentials before releasing this cigar, something I don't think she needs to do, but with so many jokers releasing cigars to the market and really having no involvement in the blending, I respect her for that. The Freyja Sessrumnir Corona Larga gets an 89 rating in my book and I look forward to seeing the aging potential.
*Cigars for this assessment were provided by Las Cumbres Tabaco