Gifted by Håkon Aanonsen, Viking Cigars.
Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge.
Information: The cigars are blended by Ernesto P. Carrillo and produced at Ernesto’s factory Tabacalera La Alianza on the Dom Rep. Ernesto is a legend in the cigar industry and is considered one of the world’s best cigar manufacturers / blenders. The Valhalla series comes in 4 sizes, all with delicious Habano Ecuador wrapper. Tobacco from Dominican Rep and Ecuador.
Size: 5×54, Torpedo.
Wrapper: Milk chocolate, oily and silky smooth feel with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Light touch of hay and wood.
1st third: Starts with a note of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and oak wood. There are also hints of toasted bread with melted butter.
2nd third: Keeps the same.
Burn: Sharp burn, firm and stable white ash.
Smoke: Voluminous white smoke, medium heat feel on the tongue and a light draw.
3rd third: Loses the toasted bread note but retains the dark chocolate, coffee and dark oak note.
Duration: 19:25-20:25, 1h.
Conclusion: A full bodied cigar with a full strength profile.
Result: In my book this is an 88 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André