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BLIND Fratello Arlequin Review

BLIND Fratello Arlequin Review

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano

Filler: Peruvian, Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro 

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Fratello Arlequin Review


Summary:  Starting out with hay, caramel, and oak.  Rocky Road ice cream sans marshmallows (I think we can all agree that's a good thing).  Although I've given it a few picky touchups, the ash remains solid--thick--tight.  Nut notes just went FULL-SEND!

The second third continues to jam to the beat of nuts and chocolate.  Flawless construction.

Sunflower seed saltiness opens the final third with a mouthfeel that's buttery smooth.  Citrus zest and mint add some zing to the finish. *chef's kiss*

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Sniping the spitoon for that *ding*.

Pairing Suggestion:  White Russian.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Fiver.


Fratello Arlequin Review



Summary:  This cigar was a mess. The flavor profile didn't do much for me, and it didn't burn very well. I'm not sure if it was the cold weather that did it in, if I got a specifically bad cigar from the line, or if this just isn't a good cigar. We'll find out on the reveal.

Flavor-wise, I got earth, pepper, leather, oak, molasses, cedar, and bitterness from this cigar. The cedar flavor was discordant with the rest of the profile and threw it off, and it just got bitter from there. The aftertaste was similar to the aftertaste from a cigarette.

Construction-wise, the cigar burned quite badly. It was very uneven, needed a lot of touch-ups, and needed almost-constant attention to stay lit.

Sitting in the cold and smoking this was one of the worst cigar experiences I've had in quite some time.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Gritty earth with a side of disappointment.

Pairing Suggestion:  Bourbon.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


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Summary:  This is a softly box-pressed... toro?  Flavors of rich tobacco and a hint of anise from the cold draw accompanied by a bit of spiciness.

Leading off with some super creamy floral notes along with roasted pecan, leather, a hint of cardamom, and mellow tobacco.  Really nice smoke.  The retro hale is smooth and citrusy as well and features a dab of heat.  Pretty dang nice start.  Also, razor sharp burn here.  

Middle section finds me working past a small tunnel.  Not bad but not great for flavors.  Things are muted...some cedar and nut flavors.  There’s also some notes of tea and leather.  

Hitting the finish line with more wood notes and some mild tobacco, leather and citrus.  Man, this cigar had guns up top but skipped leg day.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Folgers coffee, it’s hot, but it’s Folgers.

Pairing Suggestion:  Rum.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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