Freud Cigar Co. was born out of a shared passion for premium tobacco and elevated experiences — and an opportunity for some of the world’s leaders in cigar production to collaborate on a new collection for the luxury market: innovative small-batch blends, rooted in the namesake of one of the most prominent cigars smokers and public intellectuals in world history, Dr. Sigmund Freud.
Three of the four people involved have ties to Davidoff cigars. Founder Luis Torres was General Manager of Davidoff of Geneva’s US flagship store on Madison Avenue as well as the National Director of Retail for Davidoff of Geneva. William Ventura who blended SuperEgo was Head of Production, Head of Quality Control, Chief of Factory, and a designated grandmaster in rolling cigars as a torcedor in his nearly 21 years at Davidoff of Geneva. The blender of today’s cigar, Agape, is Eladio Diaz who spent over 40 years at Davidoff of Geneva, most recently as Head of Production and Quality Control. He left Davidoff to launch his own factory, Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera, in January 2022 and that is where this limited edition was produced. They are joined by David Stadnyk who is a leading financier and philanthropist, with more than 30 years of investment experience. He is the founder of Agape Lifestyle Inc., which notably holds the Freud Cigar Co. brand.
Cigar Review: Freud Agape
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 54
Size: Robusto Extra
Humidimeter Reading: 65%
The Look: Packaged in 10 count boxes made out okoume wood which is sometimes use in high end humidors due to its ability to handle moisture. Inside the cigars sit in one row of 10 with a gaudy looking sleeve type band that covers 80% of the cigar. Once the sleeve is removed there is no identifying what one is smoking even though a press release denoted there would be a secondary band underneath. In the hand the cigar is heavy for it’s size with no voids of tobacco.
The Notes: The cold draw has notes of oak, barnyard and a hint of dark chocolate while the aroma from the fillers offers up some additional oak. Once the cigar is toasted and lit there are notes of dark chocolate and oak, with a very creamy mouth feel and some earthy components on the finish. Fans of Eladio Diaz will definitely feel like the are catching up with an old friend.
Around the half way point the oak notes are dominant with a subtle raisin and a slightly sweeter chocolate than in the beginning. The finish is fairly long but mouthwateringly enjoyable with some brown sugar on the retrohale.
The cigar finishes out with oak being the focal point with elements of earth, graham cracker and black pepper.
The Finish: Despite being a Dominican puro, the cigar offers a nice amount of complexity due to the fact it uses 7 different types of tobacco in it’s make up. While a bit pricey, the cigar delivers what you would want from a cigar blended by Eladio Diaz with perhaps a bit more strength then you would expect. The result is a luxurious cigar that only has one knock in my opinion, it’s a limited edition.
Price: $29.99 / $269.99 (Box of 10)