Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

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Cigar Details: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Negro
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Domincan Pelo de Oro, Corojo, Havana ’92 and Barrel Aged Piloto Cubano
  • Factory: Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera
  • Blender: Eladio Diaz
  • Price: $26.00
  • Release Date: March 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Freud AlterEgo Robusto is medium brown with some darker spots. There are a couple of decently raised veins along with a network of fine veins. The seams are a bit raised and the caps well applied. There are three bands, all in a black, gray and white color combination. The primary band is the traditional design for the brand, the secondary denotes the line, while the foot band denotes the vitola, where the cigar is made and some of the tobacco used in the blend. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of dark earth and bakers chocolate, while the foot brings cedar and light earth. The pre-light draw is a combination of cedar, stone fruit sweetness and floral notes.
Seth: The Freud AlterEgo Robusto is finished with a beautiful looking wrapper and too many God damn bands. -15 points for Gryffindor. Honestly though, it’s not a bad looking wrapper. I think the secondary and foot band are too much and take away from the cigar. Marbled mocha color, clear Maduro with some medium sized veins and tooth. Firm throughout, the cigar has an aroma of sweet spices, minerals, earth and tobacco.
John: The Freud AlterEgo Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. The cigar has three bands in total. A primary band indicates Freud Cigar Co., the secondary band indicates AlterEgo and the last band is on the foot and indicates Robusto along with additional information. For aromas off the wrapper, I was picking up barnyard, coffee, hay and wood. From the foot, sweet tobacco up front with chocolate, wood and hay underneath.
Jiunn: The Freud AlterEgo Robusto has a maduro wrapper shade. There are three bands, which means it is extra special. Major veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head is well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give dirt soil and spicy cedar. Aromas from the foot tell of spicy cedar, blast of red pepper spice and slight prunes. Cold draws reveal dry hay and aged cedar.

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a mix of toasted cedar and toasted earth along with a very mild black pepper. At a half inch in, a light minerality becomes present. The retrohale consists of a fuller version of the toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit and a mild creaminess joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the toasted earth, with black pepper in the middle and creaminess and minerality in the background. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some peppery spice flavors. Mineral and earth qualities are present as well and I am picking up some tobacco qualities as well. Mocha syrup sweetness on the finish. Medium in strength and body. Balanced.
John: Creamy coffee gets the first third started as earth and gritty coffee follow, with earth to finish and linger through the post draw. A tannic wood moves into the center of the profile as it settles in. Some time later, powdered cocoa develops on the end of the draw with a short finish. A light baking spice manages to come into the retrohale moving towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third is highly driven by earthiness. The primary components are dirt soil, leather, graphite minerality and cedar. There’s a hint of generic nutty sweetness, but it’s sort of buried in there. Retrohaling brings all the aforementioned earthiness up front. The finish shows a soft combination of dirt and leather. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, there’s a bit of meatiness that is pairing up well with the black pepper. At a third of an inch in, the creaminess increases a bit which mellows the black pepper. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and a light black pepper zing. At an inch in, the minerality increases a bit as the meatiness has departed. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with black pepper in the middle and creaminess and minerality just a bit behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third delivers that peppery spice from before and it is paired with some dried wood notes. Mineral qualities still present, and there is this toasty cappuccino quality with the cigar. The mocha syrup quality much softer in this third. Still medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood leads off the second third, with tobacco sweetness to follow. The post draw is defined by sweet wood. Chocolate again comes through at the end of the draw, as it settles in. Earth manages to move into the middle of the profile as the cigar moves towards the halfway point. In the bottom half, coffee is present on the end of the draw.
Jiunn: The second third’s main change is within the finish. There’s less softness to the approach, and a tannin layered leather effect. Aside from that, it’s still a highly earth centric profile. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted cedar and earth become fuller, distancing themselves from the supporting notes. At a third of an inch in, the toasted earth increases a bit and brings a light bitterness. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit and the creaminess and bitterness have departed. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted earth is a bit ahead of the cedar with the black pepper and minerality towards the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third delivers this peppery wood and mineral earth flavor profile. Some tobacco and coffee notes, but light on the coffee. The body and strength did not increase though, it remained around that medium level.
John: The last third opens with creamy earth as a gritty earth defines the post draw. Wood joins the earth through the finish as the last third settles in. That earth picks up to medium strength, at times medium-full, as the last third progresses.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. Earthy in the same dirt soil, leather, graphite minerality and cedar. Strength and body is unchanged at medium.

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Very nice burn.
John: The burn was slightly uneven through the first, and carrying into the second. Eventually, a touch-up was required in the second third. No issues through the last third.
Jiunn: Some canoeing, which resulted in a couple significant touch-ups was the main issue with the burn.

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Freud AlterEgo Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, providing the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a mix of toasted cedar and toasted earth along with a very mild black pepper. Some minerality joined fairly quickly and some creaminess a bit later. The second third saw some meatiness join in and pair up with the black pepper for a bit and then depart. The final third saw some bitterness become present with the earth for a short time and then depart as the creaminess departed as well. The Freud AlterEgo Robusto started well, with a nice combination of flavors and evolved through the second third. The final third dropped a level as the earth took the lead and some components began falling off. This is a nice offering from Freud and my favorite release from them thus far. Even though earth was a primary player throughout, it worked well with the other components. I’d be up for smoking this again, and would like to try the other vitolas, but with this line having a premium price, it might dissuade me a bit.
Seth: $26.00 is a little high for a cigar of this offering, but the Freud AlterEgo Robusto is an enjoyable blend. The first two thirds were really enjoyable, and I think if the final third had kept that going I would have been impressed. I really wanted that cappuccino flavor throughout. I do think the packaging hurts the overall cigar, but some would say I am a curmudgeon in that field. It was not over the top in terms of the Mexican wrapper flavors.
John: The Freud AlterEgo Robusto is my favorite Freud cigar we’ve reviewed to date. With more engaging flavors and a medium strength intensity through the review, it managed to keep my attention through the first and second thirds. The draw had some resistance to it, and the burn was uneven at times, requiring a single touch-up. I would smoke the Freud AlterEgo Robusto again, but the price point might have me considering my options in that range. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Jiunn: This Freud AlterEgo Robusto was a miss for me. Actually, for $26, this was a major miss. Heavy handed earthiness in dirt soil, leather, graphite minerality and cedar. Not enough complexities and nuances that I expect from Eladio. Easy pass.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
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Light
Good
GoodFirst
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Average
GoodSecond
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Very GoodBurnVery GoodBurnVery GoodBurnGood
Very GoodDrawVery GoodDrawGoodDrawAmazing
GoodOverallGoodOverallGoodOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$3.96

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$3.96

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$4.05

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$4.68

Scoring System

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