Just about two months ago, Freud Cigar Co. announced its second release, a limited edition that is being produced by Eladio Diaz, formerly the supervisor of production at Davidoff’s factory in the Dominican Republic, a role in which he had a significant part in creating many of the company’s blends.

Yet specifics of the cigar were quite sparse at the time, as the blend was not released, nor was pricing or what the vitola would be. Now those details have been revealed.

The cigar will be a 5 x 54 robusto, and while Eladio Diaz is not wanting to disclose the full details of the blend, it has been confirmed that it is a Dominican puro that uses seven distinct types of tobacco. That includes a binder that he calls an autochthonous Dominican leaf, meaning that it is an indigenous variety of tobacco. The cigar is being described as medium bodied, with Diaz’s tasting notes calling it creamy and slightly spicy, with floral, cocoa and oak wood sensations. The cigars have been aging since January, and will have just about eight months of age on them when they begin shipping in mid to late August.

The cigar will wear two bands, a large outer band that is designed to be striking and eye-catching, and which will need to be removed prior to lighting the cigar. Under that is a smaller, more traditional band.

As for pricing, it is set at $30 per cigar, with boxes of 10 priced at $300. The boxes are of note as well, as they are made of okoume wood, which was selected both its lighter color as it provides contrast to the bands, as well as its ability to handle moisture, which makes it a choice for higher-end humidors.

Production, as previously announced, is set at 3,500 boxes of 10 cigars, for a total run of 35,000 cigars.

The cigars will be on display at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which kicks off later off this week and runs from July 8 – 12 in Las Vegas. Freud Cigar Co. is part of Agape Lifestyle, Inc., and is distributed by Illusione.

Images courtesy of Freud Cigar Co.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.