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Cigar Review: Fratello Firecracker Two Guys Smoke Shop

Fratello Firecracker Two Guys Smoke Shop

 

 

 

Fratello Cigars is delivering the next installment of Two Guys Smoke Shop’s Firecracker. The New Hampshire-based retailer formally announced the Fratello Firecracker, a 3 1/2 x 50 vitola with a fuse based on the original Fratello blend. The cigar went on sale June 13, 2017.

The Firecracker Series was launched in 2007 when Don Pepin Garcia created a 3 x 50 vitola with a fuse based on the Don Pepin Original Blue Label. Since then there have been subsequent releases in a similar size by other manufacturers including Tatuaje (M80), Jose Dominguez, La Flor Dominicana, RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon, and now Fratello.

 

 

The original Fratello Blend consists of a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan and Peruvian fillers. Fratello Cigars owner Omar de Frias mentioned on the April 1st edition of the Cigar Authority that the blend has been tweaked from the original. The cigar is produced at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Nicaragua.

 

PAST FIRECRACKERS: Two Guys Smoke Shop

 

Omar de Frias told Cigar Smoke “I’m so proud of this project. We worked on different tobacco proportions to make the blend more intense in flavor and it worked beautiful due to the size of the vitola”. 

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper is light brown with a slight marbleized look to it. Almost seamless it has notable tooth and vein. Rolled in the “Firecracker” format it has an unfinished footer with a rounded triple cap and a very long pigtail fuse. One band sits on the Firecracker, red and white in color with the long fuse tucked under.

On the band reads “FRAT” and “ELLO” in two separate places divided by a black line completing the manufacturer “FRATELLO”. Along the back reads “FRATELLO CIGARS” in white font on a black background.  Pre light aroma with notes of barnyard and Cracker Jack caramel. The cold draw produced flavors of earth, sweet tea and leather.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light an immediate dark chocolate, coffee and cedar char. Background flavors of leather, black cherries and the coffee element has increased to espresso. The spicy element is in the form of upper level black pepper corn felt all the way to the back of the throat.

Another power element is the smoke output on the palate that seems to be burning warmer, adding intensity to the black pepper creating a welcomed nicotine buzz. The retro is producing a sting of white pepper right through the nose evolving into flavors of charred caramel.

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cedar Char
  • Espresso
  • Black Cherries
  • Black Pepper Corn

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn an intense flavor of charred toffee/caramel and black coffee with nuances of dark chocolate. Background flavors of roasted nuts with a slight hint of creamy hazelnut.

Black pepper continues at upper level intensity, the draw on the palate has cooled off slightly but the blasts of nicotine are still present and holding strong. The retro has decreased slightly producing clean white pepper through the nose evolving into a long finish of rich caramel.

  • Charred Toffee/Caramel
  • Black Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Creamy Hazelnut
  • Black Pepper/Full

 

  • FINAL THIRD

Heading into the final third consistent flavors of black coffee and charred toffee/caramel with sweet raisins. The fuse has ignited (a yearly tradition keeping the fuse on) background flavors of black cherries, raw walnut with nuances of creamy hazelnut and root beer spice.

Black pepper has maintained upper level intensity with the perfect amount of nicotine creating a very nice buzz. The retro is producing clean white pepper evolving into a consistent flavor of smoked caramel. 

  • Black Coffee
  • Charred Toffee/Caramel
  • Sweet Raisins
  • Black Cherries
  • Raw Walnut
  • Hazelnut
  • Root Beer Spice
  • Black Pepper Full
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Charred & Smoked Toffee/Caramel

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

CONSTRUCTION: was good, fuse stayed glued to the Firecracker throughout the duration

BURN: Slightly uneven until the final duration

ASH: Solid Whitish/Grey, Globular holding tight until tapped

CUT: V Cut keeping the fuse attached to the side under the wrapper

DRAW: Perfect amount of resistance 

Re Lights: Just two to even up the burn, Combustion was perfect

STRENGTH: FULL PLUS

 

  • CONCLUSION

Keeping with a yearly tradition Fratello hit the nail on the head with the perfect amount of strength accompanied by an impressive amount of balance in such a short cigar. The vitola maintained its strength of FULL with subtle intensity transitions throughout the duration.

Another high mark notable was the complexity of strength while maintaining a balance of sweetness giving the Fratello Firecracker a long sweet and spicy finish after every draw. A box purchase is a no-brainer on this one, highly collectible and fun to smoke. 

I always revisit previous offerings every July as I’m curious to see what happens to the strength profile after a year and every one has maintained FULL STRENGTH PLUS. An explosive tradition and one that I hope continues, Two Guys Smoke shop and Fratello have made this years offering FUN, FULL and enjoyable! 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased (Box) plus 5 Two Guys Smoke Shop

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 93

Size: 3-5 x 50 (Firecracker)

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaragua, Peru

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