Fratello’s regionally released DMV line will be getting a new version next month, and brand owner Omar de Frias is switching things up a bit.

This year’s release will be a 12-count sampler, with three each of four different blends inside. Blend details are being kept under wraps, other than that the binder and filler of each cigar are the same, while four different maduro wrappers are being used. Each of the cigars is a 6 x 50 toro.

Production is being limited to 600 boxes, with the cigars made at Joya de Nicaragua’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Fratello DMV debuted in November 2018 as a regional release for those three states and the District of Columbia. It was a single blend that used an Ecuadorian HVA wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and the U.S.. Each of the four areas had a vitola named for it, and retailers in that area could order any of the four vitolas.

In 2019, de Frias again created unique cigars for each area, with each of the four cigars using the same binder and filler but a unique wrapper and coming in a distinct vitola.

Both of the previous versions had been produced at the La Aurora Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic. The name of the series is an abbreviation for Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, the area surrounding Fratello’s headquarters and the first to carry the company’s cigars.

Fratello announced the DMV Maduro Selection via Cigar AficionadoThe company has not replied to an email seeking additional information, and Omar de Frias has not confirmed the accuracy of the story.

Update (Oct. 21, 2020) — The company issued a press release and images today, which have been added to the story.

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