Wrapper: Dominican Criollo 98
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98, Dominican Piloto Cubano, Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2 by 50 Valhalla
Price: $7 – $9
Cigars smoked for this review: 1
The Freyja is a new offering from Las Cumbres Tobaco and made at the Tobacalera de Palma in the Dominican Republic. This cigar is a follow up to the Senoral line from Jose Blanco but is instead blended by his wife, Emma Viktorsson. I spoke briefly with Jose at one of his famous blending seminars a couple of weeks ago and he verified that this blend was made without his input by Emma and a manager at the factory. Speaking of blending seminars, if you get the chance to attend one, do so! It was a really good experience and well worth the money. This particular blend features numerous tobaccos featuring several years of age before blending. The band itself features the Viking Goddess which is the cigars namesake. The band is quite attractive, with different shades of blue and gold which I think looks nice set against the lighter caramel colored wrapper. The cigar seems rolled well, has a nice feel in the hand, and features neatly placed caps. The prelight draw gives just a bit of a sweet note from the test draw, it doesn’t appear that the draw will be an issue with this smoke.
The first is dominated by nuttiness. A bit of pepper is noticed on the retrohale along with a touch of caramel. Every few puffs I pick up salt which is not at all unpleasant to me. The draw and burn is absolutely great during the first third. The ash holds very firm throughout the entirety of the first third. The aroma of the smoke is mild and enjoyable as well. The cigar produces ample amounts of smoke.
The second third is a bit more sweet than the first but still tastes predominantly of nuts with salt, almost like salted peanuts. It’s interesting. The pepper is still present on the retro but it’s subtle. The burn, draw, and smoke production continue to be impressive. We’re at a solid medium body at this point.
As we approach the finish line, I notice some leather as well as the pepper that was previously found only in the retrohale. The sweetness that was present early has faded, but the salted nut note is still very much a part of the picture. The cigar has burned well all the way to the end and although the burn line got a touch wavy, it never required a touch up.
This was a really enjoyable medium bodied smoke and I must say that Emma did a really nice job on her first blend. The cigar has enough flavor changes to keep you interested without overpowering you with any. The salt note that I picked up through a lot of the cigar was something a bit different from the norm and I enjoyed it. From a construction stand point, the cigar preformed admirably, never needing a touchup nor causing any concern whatsoever. This cigar is one that I could see appealing to a lot of smokers and would represent a good change up smoke for me personally.
Smoking Characteristics: 23/25
Overall Impression: 29/35