Las Cumbres Tabaco has three new lines coming to retail shelves, as the company has launched Señorial CT, Freyja Maduro and Freyja 12.
The Señorial CT adds to José Blanco’s line, using an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Dominican piloto Cubano binder and Dominican piloto Cubano and criollo 98 fillers. Blanco said that the addition of a Connecticut-wrapped cigar compliments his existing portfolio, with the Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut his preferred type of leaf. The line is being released in four sizes, Dandy Corona (5 1/4 x 42, $6.50), Lustrous Robusto (5 1/2 x 52, $7.50), Glossy Toro (6 x 54, $8.50) and Aureate (6 x 60, $9.50), each in 24-count boxes. The names are a nod to the Connecticut wrapper leaf, being that they are both in English and design to convey the shine that the wrapper offers.
Emma Viktorsson will get two new lines; the first of which is the Freyja Nocturnal, a maduro version on her original Freyja line and which is wrapped in Connecticut broadleaf tobacco. Underneath that is a Mexican San Andrés binder along with Dominican criollo 98 and piloto Cubano fillers. For the names of both the line and the five vitolas, Viktorsson once again draws on Norse mythology, in particular the Yggdrasil tree, which is said to represent its nine worlds. The line will be offered in the Midgard Robusto (5 1/2 x 52, $8.50), Bifröst (5 3/4 x 46, box pressed, $8), Vanaheimr Toro (6 x 54, $9.50), Asgard (6 x 60, $10.50) and the Yggdrasil Lonsdale (6 1/4 x 44, $7.50). Each size comes in 21-count boxes.
She added that instead of simply calling the line the Freyja Maduro, she imagined Freyja flying around the worlds of Yggdrasil in the night, which are represented in the names of the sizes.
Viktorsson will also be celebrating twelve years in the cigar industry with the Freyja 12, a 7 x 52 Churchill with a pigtail cap that she calls Brísingamen, the name of Freyja’s necklace, which serves as the main source of the goddess’s power. For this single vitola release, a blend of an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Dominican corojo binder and corojo, criollo 98 and piloto Cubano fillers from the Dominican Republic was selected. Fittingly, the cigars will cost $12 each and come packed in 12-count boxes. Viktorsson said that this blend was designed to be full bodied and spicy with richness from the Ecuadorian habano and Dominican corojo. She noted that it has become the fullest bodied cigar of all the cigars in Las Cumbres Tabaco’s catalog.
All three of the new lines are regular production additions to the company’s portfolio and are being made at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic.
While the lines were reported by Cigar Aficionado prior to this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, the cigars were not on display and were just barely acknowledged by Blanco and Viktorsson. Both have also been very quiet about them since the show on social media, although Viktorsson recently discussed the new cigars on the Stogie Geeks’ Aug. 29 show.
Viktorsson told halfwheel that each of the lines were in a handful of stores prior to FDA’s Aug. 8 deadline, with a full rollout coming in the fall for Señorial CT and Freyja 12, while the Freyja Nocturnal will get its full rollout in 2017.
Update — shortly after this story was published, images were added, as were details on pricing, both provided by Las Cumbres Tabaco.