It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Fratello Boxer. This 6.25×52 box-pressed Torpedo features a gorgeous, reddish-brown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. Underneath is an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Peru. It appears to be expertly rolled.
The wrapper produces a bold manure aroma. Out of the foot, I smell an herbal earth and leather aroma. On the cold draw, I pick up a slight bitter earth flavor. Once lit, there is rich chocolate and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, there is more chocolate with earth and white pepper. On the finish, I find more spicy black pepper, leather, and a dark wood.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. This third is much like the start of the cigar. On the draw, I pick up rich chocolate with a bomb of black pepper. Through the nose, I find sweet earth with white pepper. The finish offers cinnamon with charred peanut and leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. I pick up more chocolate on the draw alongside a metallic grass. On the retro-hale, I’m treated with a delicious mix of salted caramel and molasses. The finish is oily with earth, more leather, and black pepper. Strength and body remain at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. Chocolate continues to dominate the draw alongside a sweet oak. Through the nose, the oak carries through but with a smoky characteristic and a compliment of more molasses. On the finish, spicy black pepper and earth blast my palate. Strength and body jump to the full mark in this final third.
The Fratello Boxer is a phenomenal cigar with flavors that keep you begging for more. It’s a complex smoke with a profile that just melts together to create a smooth and balanced experience. It’s got enough strength and body to keep things interesting, but it’s not going to knock you out, either. For my first Fratello cigar, this sure did impress me, and I can’t wait to try more. I highly recommend this cigar!
I’d like to give a big shout out and thank you to my friend, Joan, for sending this to me for review. I greatly appreciate it!