Cigar Review: Freyja Valhalla

Cigar Review: Freyja Valhalla

Las Cumbres Tabaco
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican (Criollo ’98)
Binder: Mexican (San Andres)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2” x 50
Strength: medium-full
Price: $7.85

Overall Rating: 9.1

Emma Viktorsson, the well known wife of Jose Blanco, has blended a cigar of her own that made its official debut at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. The cigar honors Emma’s Swedish heritage by being named for Freyja, the Norse goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, war and death. The cigar has beauty, complexity and with a deceptive strength of Katheryn Winnick’s character Lagertha on History’s Vikings television shown.

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Pre-Light: The Freyja has a truly beautiful cigar band. The center image of the Norse god Freya, with her light skin and blonde hair, bears a slight resemblance to Emma Viktorsson. So many blues in the main part of the band calls to mind both snow and sea, which seems to fit perfectly with the cigar’s theme. My favorite part of the band is the sides, which feature fleets of Viking ships of the sort one expects Ragnar Lothbrok to be sailing on. I really love this band, and it is very original.

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The cigar itself is a good looking cigar. A medium brown Dominican Criollo ’98 wrapper has a color similar to fallen brown leafs. There’s a good amount of oil the cigar’s wrapper. A typical amount of veins are apparent on the Freyja Valhalla.

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The Criollo wrapper of the Freyja has a earthy scent to it with just a slight leather note. From the unlit foot of the cigar comes chocolate, coffee, oak and cinnamon aromas. An easy cold draw allows through flavors of grass, leather and oak.

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Burn: The Freyja is a very well constructed cigar. The draw is prefect, and allows through just the right amount of smoke. From start to finish the burn of all three cigars smoked for this review were very even. A pleasing white ash clings admirably well to the foot of the cigar.

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Flavor: Upon lighting up the Freya Valhalla there is a mix of sweet earth, grass and hay flavors that are quickly joined by peanuts and white bread. Very quickly the grass not turns into something slightly floral in character. On the retrohale there is a surprising strength with wonderful interplay of spice, pepper, oak and earth notes. Leading into the second third of the Freyja there is a solid coffee/espresso mix that joins the cigar’s flavor profile. Oak, leather, earth, hay and hints of very dark chocolate round out the second third of the flavor profile. At this point, the retrohale there is still a decent amount of pepper that mixes with earth, grass and nuts. During the transition to the final third of the cigar there is a slight maple note that appears briefly. Soon into the last third of the cigar there is a white pepper that joins earth, leather, toast, espresso and oak.

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Overall: When I first heard that Emma Viktorsson was blending a cigar of her own I was quite intrigued. Would it stand up to the reputation that her husband has built with other Las Cumbres Tabaco releases? The answer is…yes. Like Emma herself, there is more to the Freyja than just appearances. Solidly in the medium-full bodied range, there is a fair amount of strength to the Freyja. The cigar is reasonably complex with a mix of earth, hay, leather, grass, pepper, spice, oak, espresso and chocolate notes. The Freyja is one of those cigars that gets even better with a little time in the humidor, and is sure to age quite well. While the cigar is a bit too full for the novice cigar smoker, the seasoned cigar enthusiast will find the Freyja worth a try. Personally, despite it not having a different flavor profile than I typically enjoy, I found the Freyja to be a very good cigar.

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Pairing: The Freyja is one of those cigars that pairs very well with a peaty whisky. The Connemara Peated Irish Signle Malt Whiskey is an excellent choice for pairing as is the Ardbeg Uigeadail, Laphroig 10 or Lagavulin 16. The Talisker 10 or Talisker Storm also go well with the Freyja.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some samples for this review were provided by Las Cumbres Tabaco. Though their generosity is greatly appreciated it does not effect the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.