A new version of the Fratello Arlequín is heading to stores.

It’s the Fratello Arlequín Connecticut, which uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed wrapper covering an Ecuadorian binder and a filler blend made up of tobaccos grown in Nicaragua and Peru. Like the original Arlequín, which debuted in 2019, it is made at Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí. Over the years, Fratello has expanded the regular Arlequín line—which uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper—to include four regular production sizes.

At launch, the Arlequín Connecticut is offered in two sizes:

  • Fratello Arlequín Connecticut Robusto Gordo (5 1/2 x 52) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)
  • Fratello Arlequín Connecticut Toro Gordo (6 1/4 x 54) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)

“I am thrilled to introduce our latest blend, which further enhances the renowned Arlequin series within our Italian collection,” said Omar de Frias, owner of Fratello, in a press release when the cigar was announced in March. “This new addition complements the already successful Arlequin line, aligning with our commitment to expanding our product offerings in one of our most successful lines.”

As for the name, Arlequín—also known as Harlequin—was a comedic servant for the Italian theatre Commedia dell’arte.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.