View Full Version : Fratello Boxer Box Pressed Torpedo

Don Fernando
03-25-2017, 06:51 AM
The first time I ever heard of the Fratello brand was in may 2015 when I was visiting the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and I spotted the brand. I didnít know what it was, so I asked Juan Martinez and he explained that it was a private label for a gentleman named Omar de Frias. Fast forward a year later, due to the new then pending TPD2 regulations the company I worked for bought 2 boxes of everything of all the brands we distributed and Joya de Nicaragua included every possible size of Fratello and Sobremesa too just to be sure and have these cigars registered on the Dutch market. Included were two boxes of Fratello lancero, a size that we donít get a lot but as a lover of that vitola I snagged both boxes for myself

In september of last year I met Omar at the Joya de Nicaragua booth at Intertabac, we chatted a bit and he said ďlet me give you my favorite cigarĒ and handed me this 6 1/2◊52 Fratello Boxer box pressed torpedo. A quick look on their website taught me that the cigar is made with filler from Nicaragua and Peru, a Ecuadorean Sumatra binder and a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. As the name suggests, the cigar is box pressed. The wrapper has a nice medium dark wrapper, to reminds me of a bar of chocolate, with a few veins that rolled in a way you donít see them on the face of the cigar. The ring is great, not a Ďstraightí ring with a diagonal written text but a true diagonal ring with a vibrant red color, white letters and black lining. The footboard is black with red lining and white letters.

The construction of this cigar feels very good, I canít feel any plugs or soft spots but then again, I canít recall ever having a bad rolled Joya de Nicaragua cigar. The aroma isnít strong and quite spicy, a bit like paprika powder and other kitchen spices, quite unique. I used a flat cut to cut the cigar. The foot band was stuck to the cigar so I damaged the wrapper taking the ring off. The cold draw is great and I taste spicy raisins. I use a soft flame to light the cigar. I taste roasted coffee beans and an earthy flavor.

After a centimeter the coffee disappears and I taste that earthy flavor with a nice dose of refreshing lemon. The lemon tones down a little and I taste a little bit of cocoa with it. The earthy flavor is still the base of it all. After a third the earthy flavor is all I taste. Halfway the coffee returns with a little bit of lemon. Slowly the cigar gets a little spicy with a little parsley and pepper. The lemon gets stronger again. The pepper is slowly taking the overhand. I also taste a faint cocoa again. Near the end I taste pepper and a bit chocolate with a little nuts.

The draw is good even though I cut the cigar very close to the top and therefore not opening up all smoke channels. That does effect the smoke, that could be thicker and more luscious. The ash isnít very pretty at the start but the color and the structure gets better along the way, itís relatively firm. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium full bodied and equally flavored. The smoke time is two hours exactly.
Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the lancero better.

Score: 89

want to see the review with pics? https://cigarguideorg.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/fratello-boxer-box-pressed-torpedo/

03-25-2017, 09:32 AM
Thanks for the review

03-25-2017, 09:35 AM
Excellent review Ferdie.

03-25-2017, 12:31 PM
Great review and you have an amazing palate. I know I love the Fratello Boxer and it's due to all that earthy peppery goodness you mentioned hah.

Don Fernando
03-26-2017, 03:47 AM
Great review and you have an amazing palate. I know I love the Fratello Boxer and it's due to all that earthy peppery goodness you mentioned hah.

Thank you, it's pretty easy to train your palate, with everything you eat and drink just take your time to think "what do I taste", before you know it you start recognizing flavors in everything you eat, drink or smoke.

Right now I'm starting to move into a vegetarian and even vegan style of cooking and I'm discovering so many new flavors.