Tonight Omar from Fratello Cigars will be on CigarChat so you will be able to hear all about his new cigar company first hand, but in case you can’t make it here is the abridged version.

Conceptualized 20 years ago when Don Rafael, manager of the small retail store next to my home in the Dominican Republic, brought me in to watch a torcedor (cigar roller) perform his art. The torcedor finished the cigar, handed it to me and said "Kid, welcome to the true gentleman's club". Brother in Italian, Fratello embodies the true nature of this industry Camaraderie, Family and Friendship.

Time to get this party started.

Fratello Corona

Vitola: Corona

Size: 5 ½ x 46

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan & Peruvian

Beverage: Water

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Smoking Time: 75 Minutes

Price Point: $7.2

Cigar Purchased: Promotion samples sent by Omar

Setting the Context

I am limited on time this week due to some unexpected work happenings so I am going to keep it short and simple this week.

Experience

Construction was good but not great. One of the samples I smoked was pretty much spot on. While the second sample had a few soft spots and lots of give when I rolled in between my finders. The veins on the Fratello are small and barely noticeable against the dark Habano wrapper. The wrapper is slightly oily.

I was able to move a ton of air through the Fratello on both samples.

On the first few puffs I was met with a blast of pepper and notes of black licorice. These notes remained and next came a very nice earthy spice which is multi-dimensional. Thus far the body of the Fratello is mild-medium for me. There was a nice bit of cream sweetness on the retrohale which is followed by a black pepper spice. As I suspected, the Fratello is burned great but a little bit fast, and produced a TON of smoke.

The Fratello has a Habano wrapper but it definitely had the flavors of a Habano Rosado. I personally thought I was crazy and reached out to Omar on Twitter to ask him. He said I wasn’t crazy and said he picked up the same flavors as well.

The pepper builds the closer I get to the end. Most of the original flavors are no longer present and the pepper dominates.

Conclusion

I think for Omar’s first cigar, he has done well. I enjoyed the Fratello although it is something that would be more in the wheel house of Catfish or Rob. I think the price point is solid and I really enjoyed the “Habano Rosado” flavors and the few pepper bomb hits. The Fratello was medium in body and flavor. I think most every cigar smoke could smoke the Fratello and find some enjoyment in it.


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Comment by Davis on September 20, 2013 at 10:19am

I sparked my first Fratello last night. I got the pepper you talk about right off. And there's a bitter earth with it. About half an inch in, the creaminess arrived, along with cedar. The creaminess was more on the finish and in the retro than in the mouth. A fairly clean finish; a real clean retro. 

But there is something more. Something unique. I couldn't figure it out until this morning. I believe it is tequila. I have a fairly nice bottle of tequila in the garage, and the next Fratello I burn I am going to test my theory against that. I'm not much of a pepper fan; but between the creamy finish and unique tequila tang, this stick is not bad at all. Reminds me of the Fonseca Arana, that tang.

Construction was an issue. Had a long soft spot down one side. Had to hit it too frequently to keep it lit. The draw may be too loose. How much of all that is attributable to USPS abuse? I dunno.

This would make a good three buck stick. At seven, I dunno. For free, great.

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