Team Cigar Review: Freyja Mjölnir

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Cigar Details: Freyja Mjölnir

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 55
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Criollo ´98
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Dominican Criollo ´98, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Palma
  • Blender: Emma Viktorsson
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: July 2016
  • Source: Las Cumbres Tabaco

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium brown with some darker marbling which is visible more down towards the foot of the cigar. Some veins are visible, but really well pressed and the seams are nearly invisible. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The cigar has an interesting box press as one side has a long flat edge with straight corners and the other side has curved corners. The single band is very nice looking with great artwork and a mix of colors bordered in gold and blue. The aroma from the wrapper is a fairly sweet hay/grass while the foot gives some of that same sweet hay mixed with leather. The pre-light draw is leather dominant with a bit of sweet hay in the background. There is also a mild spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Freyja Mjölnir has a very smooth and semi-oily Dominican Criollo ’98 wrapper. Veins are well pressed and seams nearly invisible. The cigar has an even, slightly spongy give throughout with no soft spots. The head is finished off with a well adhered, thick triple cap. Nosing the wrapper tells spicy cedar and dry nuttiness. Nosing the foot gives strong white pepper and rich nuttiness. Cold draw reveals white pepper, cardboard and mixed nuts.

First Third

Initial draws bring a mix of oak and baking spices. After a few draws, these flavors become fuller and create a nice, bold mix. At a half inch in, the oak gains a bit of char and still mixes well with the baking spices. The retrohale is a very bold charred oak. At an inch in, the profile mellows a bit as the baking spice reduces and lets the charred oak take front stage. At an inch and a half, the profile becomes very smooth as some cream joins in which completely pushes the baking spice out and reduces the char. The retrohale is a creamy oak. This is how the third finishes. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

First third opens with a well melded tasting profile centered around balanced white pepper, bread and rich roasted nuttiness. Half an inch in, a slick and oily dried red pepper layers the entire palate. Retrohaling the cigar brings forth an intense white pepper spice, followed by rich mixed nuts and toast. The finish is long and lingering, coating my entire palate with an oily dried red pepper and cedar. Strength is medium to medium-full and body is a consistent medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, it continues with the slightly charred oak and creaminess. At a half inch in, a slight bitterness joins in with the charred oak and cream. At an inch in, the bitterness subsides and leaves the slightly charred oak and cream. The retrohale is also slightly charred oak. As the third comes to a close, the char increases a bit on the oak while the cream decreases a bit. The strength in this third was right at medium.

Second Third

The second third continues to bring the same slick and oily dried red pepper coating the entire palate. The profile although still tasty, loses out on some of the first third’s flavors. Now, the flavors are primarily cedar and white pepper driven (in addition to the slick oiliness). The retrohale still consists of the same powerful white pepper, with less distinctive rich nuttiness. The finish is a mixture of cedar and oily dry red peppers lingering on for minutes. Strength moved to a consistent medium-full and body stays at medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred oak continues with a slight bit of cream still present. At a half inch in, the cream ramps up again which cuts down on some of the char from the oak. At an inch in, a slight bit of pepper joins the profile of charred oak and cream. At an inch and a half, the pepper fades back out and the char increase while the cream remains. As the cigar comes to a close, the cream ramps up which reduces the char of the oak. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

Final Third

The last third mimics the second third in every way. Still the same great slick and oily dried red pepper, followed by cedar and white pepper. The retrohale is still an intense white pepper spice with less full nuttiness. The finish is still long and lingering with cedar and oily dry red peppers.

Burn

The burn was just slightly wavy throughout, but the cigar went out on me twice in the final third, most likely due to the loose draw. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The only complaint I have about the burn is the two minor touch-ups required within the second and last third. Other than that, the cigar burned slow and cool with 1.5 inch self tapped ash marks. Burn line was also almost razor sharp.

Draw

The draw was fairly loose, which in a cigar with a large ring gauge is a bit of a double whammy for me as I find I have far less draw control in those instances.

Overall

The first third had some really nice flavors, but with the loose draw, I felt it didn’t let the flavors shine as the cigar went on. I hope that another sample would have a more ideal draw which may increase how this cigar scores. The Freya line is pretty good and this showed what it could achieve in the first third. Strength was right around medium, so I would recommend that others gives this cigar a try.

Aaron
Jiunn
Amazing Pre
Light
Very Good
Very Good First
Third
Very Good
Average Second Third Good
Average Final
Third
Good
Good Burn Good
Good Draw Amazing
Average Overall Good

Draw

Perfection in every way. Just the perfect amount of resistance to draw in all the flavors.

Overall

I love a cigar that delivers a rich and oily tasting profile such as this Freya Mjölnir. The only downside to this cigar is the ability to fully capture what I experienced within the first third to the entire smoking experience. I’d like to revisit this cigar down the road in the hopes of providing me the same experience as that first third. On a side note, the Piloto Cubano tobacco from Las Cumbres is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.50

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.40

Cost/Point

$1.22

Scoring System

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