It was the second year at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show for Las Cumbres Tabaco, and José Blanco and Emma Viktorssen brought two new lines and a long-awaited line extension to New Orleans.

Las Cumbres Tabaco IPCPR 2015 booth

First up: the Señorial Lancero, a 7 x 38 that comes in boxes of 48 and with an MSRP of $9. Blanco told me he picked the box size specifically to keep the cost down, as a smaller box size would mean more wood, more art, and more cost. 100 boxes are being produced initially.

Las Cumbres Senorial Lancero

Next, the Señorial Maduro Natural, a cigar with an interesting name but one that Blanco hopes conveys that he doesn’t cook the Mexican San Andrés wrappers in order to obtain the maduro color. Underneath is a a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder and a filler blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Criollo ’98.

Las Cumbres Senorial Maduro

Expect four sizes to arrive in your local humidor in the coming weeks: four sizes, a Lonsdale Refinado (6 1/2 x 44, MSRP $7.50), Robusto Digno (5 1/2 x 50, $8.50), Toro Coloso (6 X 54, $9) and Opulento (6 x 60, $10).

Rounding out the new offerings is Freyja, a line blended by Emma Viktorsson that gets its name from Swedish mythology and the Viking goddess of beauty and fertility who is chief of the Valkyrie, the female figures that choose who lives and dies in battle. Viktorsson calls the cigar a bridge between her ancestry and the cigar countries.

The blend uses a Dominican criollo ’98 wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and the filler uses Dominican criollo ’98, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobacco grown in Estelí. There will be four vitolas: Sessrúmnir (5 3/4 x 42, $7), Valhalla (5 x 50, $7.85) Thor’s Toro (6 x 54, $9) and the Valkyrie Pyramid (6 1/2 x 52, $10).

Las Cumbres Freyja

All of the new cigars from Las Cumbres are being produced at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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