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Fratello News


Jun 17, 2020

For the second straight year, Fratello Cigars has begun shipping its new Fratello Camo Bundles, a trio of value-priced smokes that come in three different wrapper types. Originally slated to be released in March, the Camo Bundles were delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new cigars come in three blends: Fratello Blu, Fratello Rosso and Fratello Verde. All three versions are made with Indoniesian binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, but each version is covered by a different wrapper.

Jan 8, 2020

Fratello Cigars and Omar de Frias have announced three new products to debut at the January TPE trade show in Las Vegas, NV.
Fratello Blu, Fratello Rosso and Fratello Verde are bundles that are intended to cater to “Fratello lovers that want a little extra bang for their buck,” says de Frias.

Dec 3, 2019

Last year, Fratello released the Esclusivo as an exclusive for Old Virginia Tobacco Co., now there’s an Esclusivo Connecticut.

Next Friday, Fratello will release the Esclusivo Connecticut, a 6 x 52 toro that uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

Oct 28, 2019

For the second straight year, Fratello Cigars is paying homage to the Washington D.C. metro area and Delaware with a quartet of limited-edition smokes. According to brand owner Omar de Frias, he opted to create a tribute line because the first retailer to carry his cigars was located in Maryland and his headquarters are in Virginia.

Jun 25, 2019
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Fratello Cigars has announced the release of The Texan. As the name indicates it is an exclusive cigar for retailers in the State of Texas.

Jun 19, 2019

Shaping up to be a year of refinement for Fratello Cigars, the company has now announced a new, altered version of its original Fratello Classico line, showcasing the cigar in a snack-sized format and adding a new wrapper ingredient.

Jun 13, 2019

Omar de Frias of Fratello Cigars has announced his company’s latest release, Navetta Inverso Boxer. The Inverso Boxer will make its official debut during the 2019 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show and convention in Las Vegas.

Jun 3, 2019

Fratello Cigars is releasing a special four-pack with two new cigar lines, brand owner Omar de Frias announced in a recent press release.The Space Fresh Pack will contain Fratello Classico in its new 6 x 50 format and the existing Fratello Bianco II. It will also contain two new lines–Sorella and Arlequin.

Jan 25, 2019

 Omar de Frias, brand owner of Fratello Cigars, worked at   NASA before entering the cigar industry, and he remembers   what it was like to be a furloughed employee during the 2013   government shutdown. Now he wants to offer some relief to   the hundreds of thousands of federal workers in the D.C.-area   who aren’t collecting paychecks by discounting his cigars.

Sep 5, 2018

Fratello Cigars’ products will soon be available in Norway. The company announced it has partnered with Nordic Cigars for Norwegian distribution. Nordic Cigars has been operating since 2017 and is headquartered in Sandnes, Norway.

Jul 3, 2018

Fratello Cigars has updated the packaging for its first two lines. The boxes for the original Fratello line, now known as Classico, and the second line, Bianco, will look move from sliding lid boxes (SLB) to flip top boxes, similar to the company’s third line: Oro.

Apr 12, 2018
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Fratello Cigars has announced a new release that will be exclusive to Old Virginia Tobacco. The cigar is called the Fratello Esclusivo and its scheduled to launch on May 22nd, 2018.

Apr 3, 2018
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Omar de Frias is proud to announce Fratello Cigars newest distribution partner in Germany Klaus Kleinlagel. The Kleinlagel family has been in the cigar industry since 1916 and headquartered in Bruchsal Germany since 1946.

Jan 16, 2018

Reviewing nearly 300 cigars in 2017. As is often the case with halfwheel, it’s a wide range of items from the biggest releases of the year to some very limited products. Fratello ORO and Fratello Navetta made the 2017 list.

Jul 7, 2017

When I think of cigars, I think of endless tobacco fields and warehouses where the leaves dry. I think of open-air factories where dozens of “rollers” hand-make the cigars under the soft rotation of overhead fans while “lectors” — readers — help workers pass the time by reading aloud from newspapers and books.

I think of wood-paneled, clubby tobacco shops such as New York’s Nat Sherman, W. Curtis Draper in the District and Georgetown Tobacco, lined with glass cases full of boxes packed with stogies. I think of walk-in humidors rich with the aroma of tobacco.

Omar de Frias has none of that.

Jun 20, 2017

Last year, Omar de Frias left NASA after 12 years to focus on his growing cigar company, Fratello. Now, he is turning back to his time at NASA for Fratello’s latest release, Navetta, Italian for shuttle.

Feb 1, 2017

LIVE from the Serino Royale Cigar Studios in Salem, NH. On Today’s show, we will be lighting up a new age classic, The Fratello, a cigar made by Omar de Frias.

Jan 26, 2017
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Late last year,The Cigar Authority podcast teased that the 2017 Firecracker would come from Omar de Frias and Fratello cigars but very little information was given other than the fact the cigar would be released sometime before the Fourth of July.

Jan 9, 2017
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There is a difference between this list and other lists out there as these are living lists. While the lists are being published now, as we continue to smoke 2016 releases, the lists will be updated if any new review scores qualify and they will push other cigars off of the lists.

Jan 6, 2017

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Cigar Weekly presents its Top 10 Cigars of 2016: Part 1 of 3

Welcome to 2017, and the first official 'Top 10' published by Cigar Weekly! 2016 was a very interesting year in cigar-life, as manufacturers and consumers alike aimed for exciting new releases along with the continued availability of well established favorites.

Jul 8, 2016

Tobacconist Magazine

Omar de Frias, the man who willed Fratello into being, is a complex as his cigar.
By William C. Nelson

Feb 23, 2016

Listin Diario


Sep 20, 2013


Omar de Frias' dreams of his first career were dashed at an early age when persistent knee injuries prevented the 6'9" Dominican from pursuing a pro basketball career.

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