Quesada – Sons of Freedom Maduro, a CDM Cigars Exclusive
Starting back in February, Tony slowly made his way through a series of Casa De Montecristo shop exclusives coming from E.P. Carrillo, My Father Cigars, and Tatuaje. You can find the reviews below:
Today, I will be taking a look at another one of their shop exclusives, the Sons of Freedom Maduro in a 6 by 52 Torpedo.
Produced by Quesada Cigars in the Dominican Republic, Sons of Freedom is a Casa De Montecristo shop exclusive that is available in two wrapper options – Connecticut and Maduro. The maduro version comes in two sizes: Torpedo (6 by 52) and Gordo (6 by 60), while the Connecticut option comes in Robusto (5 by 52), Toro (6 by 50), and Churchill (7 by 52). Single stick prices range from $4.50 for the Robusto to $6.00 for the Gordo.
A big thanks to CDM Cigars for providing the sample for review!
Samples Provided by Casa De Montecristo
Size: 6 by 52
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
The Sons of Freedom Torpedo wears a dark brown wrapper with a rusty, orangish hue. Black color markings can be seen down the leaf that has really no bumps or raised veins. To the touch, the SoF is smooth to the touch and no soft spots are found.
Having the cigar removed from the cellophane for 30 minutes for photos and such, I am only picking up a faint cedar and barnyard aroma on the wrapper. Fuller notes of chocolate, honey, cedar and a nuttiness are found on the foot of the cigar. The tapered head is clean and, once cut, gives way to dry draw flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cedar.
The Sons of Freedom begins with a low to medium profile with flavors of wood/pencil shavings, earth, and unsweetened cocoa. Earth and bitter black coffee makes up the finish. The cigar is burning along evenly with a light colored layered ash.
Making my way into the second third of Sons of Freedom Maduro, earth and black coffee are the most dominant flavors in the profile. In addition, a black pepper has joined in, which is most noticeable on the finish and retrohale. The spice heat is on the low side of medium and the smoke is easily moved through my sinuses. The cigar is showing a bit more depth as the flavors have shifted to medium and the smoke is more dense on the palate. A crack about an inch down from the head of the cigar that has been there from the start has expanded, but it is not disrupting the smoke production or flavors from what I can tell.
In the final third, the Sons of Freedom delivers a sweet bread flavor that sticks around for a couple of puffs and quickly exits. An unsweetened cocoa that was noticeable in the second third joins back in and the profile remains mostly consistent with the prior third.
The Sons of Freedom Maduro carried along with no hiccups showing off an even burn, decent amount of smoke, and firm ash. Even the crack in the wrapper didn’t stop this cigar from performing well. The flavors hung in the mild to mild/medium range throughout the hour plus smoke with rather consistent flavors from start to finish with its earth, coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. All in all, the Sons of Freedom Maduro left me wanting. Wanting fuller flavors, more sweetness, and more complexity. Even with its affordable price, I would hold off on purchasing the Sons of Freedom Maduro by Quesada Cigars.