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Fratello DMV Maryland review by Don José

Today I will be reviewing the

DMV Maryland

by Fratello.

 
 

If this is your first time here, my reviews rate each cigar on 10 factors and each factor gets a rating out of 10 giving me an overall out of 100. The 10 factors are: Construction, Draw, Burn, Flavour, 1/3 overall, 2/3 overall, 3/3 overall, Journey (how well it flows), Value for money and Overall Enjoyment.
 
Ok, so let’s take a look at how this stick is put together.

Brand Fratello
 Size 5x58
Origin 
Dom. Rep.
Wrapper
San Andrés
Binder
-
Filler
-
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The name D.M.V. stands for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia “The first retailer to carry my cigars was in Maryland, my launch event was in DC and Virginia is home to my business. This blend is my tribute to the DMV and to the retailers that helped put Fratello in the map,” commented Omar de Frias in a press release.
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The version I have here is the Maryland.
The Maryland is a 5x58 wrapped in a San Andrés wrapper.
One thing I notice about this stick is, as soon as I take it from the cellophane wrapper it has a very strong aroma of sweetness and wood that is stronger than any cigar I can recall.
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A little about the wrapper itself. Mexican San Andrés Maduro – also referred to as “Morron” and “Negro,” for its dark brown color – is arguably as popular as Connecticut Broadleaf. Like Connecticut Broadleaf, it’s thick, naturally sweet, and most-often stalk cut prior to curing.
In 1880, Cuban tobacco grower Alberto Turrent left his Cuba and moved to Mexico’s San Andrés Valley in Veracruz, the eastern side of the country on the Gulf of Mexico. He had Cuban tobacco seeds with him and planted what would become the first Mexican San Andrés tobaccos. Today, after 6 generations, the A. Turrent farms are still the largest producer of San Andrés wrappers in the world.
The soil in Veracruz is volcanic and dense. It’s extremely humid. All of this contributes to the unique flavor of the San Andrés cigar wrapper.

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Ok time to see how it stacks up.
 
Construction   10/10
Burn 9/10
Draw 9/10
Flavour  9/10
Complexity  8/10
Strength 80%
First 1/3 8/10
Second 1/3 8/10
Third 1/3 9/10
 
Construction & Burn
Completely flawless construction, which is not unusual for a Fratello stick. The wrapper leaf is lighter and slightly less oily than what you might expect from a San Andrés leaf. Burn is almost perfect with a couple of small wavers.

Flavour & Complexity
This is a damn tasty cigar. Quite sweet upfront with flavours of Cedar, cherry and a little cocao. Complexity is good and gets better with each third.
Strength
Mid to full strength, maybe close to the mid side of that that the full. Quite smokable for any level of smoker in my mind.
Overall
What a great cigar! I can see why people have been raving about these! I give this cigar 93 points!
Remember this is a limited run so don't f**k about...
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