Fratello’s local release—named after Delaware, Maryland and Virginia—is back for another year, this time with new blends.

The series is formally known as the Fratello DMV, an acronym for the three states and Washington D.C. Each area has its own cigar, though unlike last year, each of those cigars will now feature a different wrapper.

  • Fratello DMV Delaware (2019) (5 x 47) — Brazil Arapiraca — $9.95 (Box of 20, $199)
  • Fratello DMV Maryland (2019) (5 x 58) — Mexican San Andrés — $11.95 (Box of 20, $239)
  • Fratello DMV Virginia (2019) (5 x 54) — Ecuadorian Corojo — $11.95 (Box of 20, $239)
  • Fratello DMV Washington D.C. (2019) (5 x 50) — Ecuadorian Habano — $10.95 (Box of 20, $219)

While the wrappers are different, the cigars use an Ecuadorian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. They are produced at La Aurora Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Only 150 boxes of each cigar are being produced. The DMV will begin shipping on Dec. 1.

“I decided to bring a twist to this year’s Fratello DMV,” said Omar de Frias, founder of Fratello, in a press release. “The success we experienced with last year’s blend blew us away. We are going for the repeat, only this time each state gets their own blend and different vitola. This project is exciting for me as DMV is home to Fratello and the region that put us in the map.”

A portion of the sales is donated to the state cigar associations.

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