Cigar Review: Fratello Oro “The Boxer”
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/4” x 52
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Overall Rating: 9.2
Omar de Frias introduced his first Connecticut cigar at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. Teaming up with the Dominican’s storied La Aurora factory, Omar has managed to create one of the more unique Connecticut cigars out there. The Fratello Oro’s Connecticut wrapper comes from Ecuador, and is paired with a Cameroon binder, while the cigar’s filler hails from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The combination of these various tobaccos from different regions makes for a flavorful mild-medium to medium bodied experience that should please the novice as well as the seasoned cigar enthusiast.
Pre-Light: The Fratello Oro “The Boxer” has a striking appearance. It is both obviously a Fratello cigar, yet everything about this cigar hints that it is something special. A light Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper a golden wheat color to it, so the shiny gold Fratello band compliment it perfectly. Smooth and dry to the touch, the sharply box pressed torpedo has a nice look to it.
From the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper there are subtle aromas of nuts and grains. A honey-like sweetness comes from the unlit foot, along with notes of graham cracker, nuts and hay. The fairly easy cold draw allows through flavors of graham cracker, nuts, cinnamon and honey sweetness.
Burn: The draw on the Fratello Oro “The Boxer” is near perfect, and allows through a good amount of flavorful smoke. Though the burn line can be a bit wavy at times, the cigar is pretty even burning throughout.
Flavor: The Fratello Oro “The Boxer” begins with a suprising amount of flavor. There is a sweet spice and subtle white pepper that starts off the Oro. There is a creamy sweetness to the mix of cedar, spice, nuts, graham cracker and honey flavors during the first third of the cigar. A slight spice and white pepper lingers on the tongue after each puff. The retrohale produces a mix of roasted nuts, spice and just a hint of white pepper. During the transition to the second third of the cigar the creaminess subsides, and allows for flavors of toasted almonds, cedar, spice and white pepper to shine. Around the halfway point of the Fratello Oro there is a mild coffee flavor that occurs in the background, and blend nicely with the existing flavor profile. Spice increases slightly during the second half of the cigar, mixing with the toasted almond, cedar and mild coffee notes. As the cigar burns into the final third of the cigar there are flavors of cedar, nuts, graham cracker, spice and white pepper. There is a long lingering white pepper towards the final inch or so of the Fratello Oro.
Overall: It’s hard to find Connecticut cigars that really stand out, since they tend to share the same mild body and subtle flavor profile, but the Fratello Oro “The Boxer” manages to set itself apart from the pack nicely. Definitely not mild, the Oro enters medium bodied territory by the halfway point in the cigar, thought the strength is not too much for the novice cigar smoker to handle. The Fratello Oro has more spice and pepper than the typical Connecticut cigar, making it a great cigar for the medium of full bodied cigar enthusiast looking for something a tad milder than their typical cigar choices. The use of Cameroon binder with the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper make for a unique experience, while the mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler adds depth and just the right amount of strength to this flavorful cigar. Personally, I don’t smoke many Connecticut shade cigars anymore outside of for review, but the Fratello Oro Boxer is a cigar that I find myself going back to again and again. The Fratello Oro is certainly a box worthy cigar. Actually, I liked the Oro so much that I gave my father a box for Christmas, as he is a big fan of Connecticut cigars.
Pairing: Typically, I drink a sparkling water when reviewing a cigar to allow for the flavor profile to really shine through, and the Fratello Oro is a cigar that I highly recommend doing this with. This is one of those cigars that pairs very well with a cup of coffee or a cappuccino. The red wine drinker will also find that the Fratello Oro goes nicely with a Pinot Noir.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)