“Fratello, has been my nickname since college, means brother in Italian and embodies the true nature of this industry, camaraderie, family and friendship.” – Omar de Frias
In the summer of 2013 Omar de Frias launched Fratello Cigars, coming out of nowhere and making a big splash at the cigar industry’s annual trade show.
de Frias is an ex-professional basketball player, has an MBA and works for NASA, yet still finds the time to produce excellent cigars and travel around the country to support them. He’s a charismatic guy—hard to miss at 6 feet, 8 inches tall—and works diligently at cigar events making sure every customer knows about his cigars.
Fratello cigars are produced by the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua, even though de Frias is born and raised in the Dominican Republic, which is where he developed his passion for cigars. This year he produced the Fratello cigar in the lancero format exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston.
The Fratello is the third in a series of exclusive lancero cigars for Stogies, other brands include Room 101, Alec Bradley, Quesada and La Palina. The lancero is a long, thin cigar, very elegant and really highlights the flavor that the wrapper adds to the blend, as there is a greater proportion of that leaf to the filler blend. The lancero requires a slower smoking pace, as it can overheat if smoked too fast, spoiling the flavor.
Smoking the Fratello H-Town Lancero was an exceptionally satisfying experience. While this size has a slightly different blend than the regular Fratello line, it shares a woody flavor profile, and actually had a refreshing, almost minty stretch about two-thirds of the way through.
The blend is milder due to the absence of the heavy and powerful ligero leaves. The Peruvian tobacco in the filler gives it a unique spice that isn’t found in many cigars, but is a personal favorite. This is a cigar that will delight a novice, and challenge a veteran smoker at the same time.
Size: 7” x 38
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua and Peru