June 18, 2016

Fratello Bianco II (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Fratello Bianco is the second line to be introduced into Omar de Frias‘ Fratello Cigars’ portfolio. This all-new line becomes Fratello Cigars’ first maduro blend.

The Fratello Bianco is an all-new blend highlighted by a San Andres Maduro wrapper. The remainder of the blend is a multinational blend. In fact the blend features tobaccos from five countries. The cigars are being made at an undisclosed factory in Nicaragua.

Wrapper: San Andres Negro (Mexico)
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Pennsylvania (U.S.) Broadleaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Vitolas Available:
The four sizes of the Fratello Bianco share the same blend composition. There are three regular production offerings. These are packaged in twenty count boxes. There is also a special event only size.

I: 6 1/4 x 44
III: 5 x 56
Event Exclusive: 5 x 44

The cigar is a dull shade of dark brown and well made with no bumps or blemishes. The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a toro size cigar.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were fudge, dry cocoa, and black coffee. There were black pepper notes rated at a 7. A very dark noted cigar to start.

About 1 1/2 inches in there is a slight touch of orange citrus at the bottom levels. Primarily you have the dark notes of fudge (with little sweetness), dry cocoa, and black coffee. The pepper is increasing slightly. The finish is cocoa and cream with a modest amount of lingering black pepper.

At the midpoint the coffee notes are very much elevated. The fudge and dry cocoa are secondary. The orange citrus is very much decreased. It is slightly there at this point. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged, as well as the pepper. This continues to be a very dark noted cigar with little sweetness.

With about 2 inches remaining the orange citrus is gone now. There is, however, a touch of brown sugar in it's place. It adds little sweetness to the overall flavors, however. 

The cigar continued on it's path from the last segment. This has been a lightly sweet, very dark noted cigar. It burned evenly and had a good draw. The cigar made only minor changes. If you are one who likes very dark  noted cigars with little sweetness this is for you. For me, I prefer a maduro with significant sweetness. This would be a good cigar after a very sweet dessert.

Score: 89

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