Las Cumbres Tabaco’s booth featured a familiar face in José Blanco, some new product in a pair of box-pressed sizes for Señorial Maduro and Freyja, but unfortunately no Emma Viktorsson and none of the three new lines—Señorial CT, Nocturnal and Freyja 12—that were reported to be on deck for the trade show.

Las Cumbres Booth IPCPR 2016

Blanco said the boxes weren’t ready and the cigars were in transport to the company’s warehouse. Instead, the industry got to see the two box-pressed additions to two of the company’s existing lines.

Las Cumbres Freyja Mjolnir IPCPR 2016

Freyja Mjölnir

Viktorsson continues to tap into her heritage and Viking mythology for the name of this cigar, as Mjölnir is the name for Thor’s hammer. This new addition is the thickest in the Freyja line, an addition Viktorsson previously said she has been thinking about for some time. If you’re curious, Viktorsson says it’s pronounced ‘Me-YOEL-nir,” with a soft l and a rolled r.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Criollo 98
  • Binder: Mexico
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Freyja Mjölnir (6 1/2 x 55) — $9 (Box of 21, $189)

Launch Date: Immediately following the trade show

Production: Regular production

Las Cumbres Senorial Maduro El Cuadro IPCPR 2016
Señorial Maduro El Cuadro

A short and slender cigar that gets a good press, making sure it lives up to its name, the frame.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés maduro
  • Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto and Criollo 98
  • Señorial Maduro will get El Cuadro (5 3/4 x 46) — $7.50 (Box of 21, $157.50)

Launch Date: Immediately following the trade show

Production: Regular production


Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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