José Blanco finally has his own company. After months of publicly talking about a blend he was working on, the former La Aurora and Joya de Nicaragua executive has his own company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, and his own cigar, Señorial, which means lordly.
Blanco has repeatedly mentioned working at Tabacalera Palma, the Dominican-based factory responsible for Oliveros/Boutique Blends and operated by his cousin José “Jochy” Blanco, which is where Señorial will be made.
According to Cigar Aficionado, there will be five sizes: a corona gorda (5 1/2 x 46), figurado (6 1/4 x 52), gordo (6 x 60), robusto (5 1/4 x 52) and toro (6 x 54). The blend is said to be incomplete, although Blanco says its mostly Dominican with an Ecuadorian wrapper.
Distribution, pricing, release date and other details also remain unknown at this time, although Blanco is targeting May for the release.
Blanco spent roughly 30 years at La Aurora’s former parent company, Grupo León Jimenes, including 12 years with the cigar division La Aurora. He left in June 2011, widely-believed for his desire to create an eponymous cigar. He accomplished that when he joined Joya de Nicaragua in August of 2011 and worked on the CyB, formerly known as Cuenca y Blanco. In August of last year, Blanco’s two-year contract was not renewed and the two parted ways.
Ed. note: An earlier version of this story referred to the company as Las Cumbras Tabaco, when it is Las Cumbres Tabaco. We apologize for the error and any inconvenience.