Team Cigar Review: Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

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Cigar Details: Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cameroon
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Nicaragua and United States
  • Factory: La Aurora
  • Blender: Omar de Frias
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Fratello The Lunar Cameroon is medium brown and has some decently raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps beautifully applied. The band is holographic silver, white and black. An image of the moon is on the front with the space program the cigar represents spelled out on both sides. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of damp wood and earth while the foot brings cedar and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings aged cedar, with a faint floral note along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Natural in appearance, the wrapper on the Fratello The Lunar Cameroon has a nice dark brown coloring. You can see the natural sunlight on the wrapper. Small to medium sized veins throughout. Nice bit of tooth with a fine gritty texture. Aromas of wood, leather, tobacco and spices.
John: The Fratello The Lunar Cameroon comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker that tears in half when opened. There is a primary band in the standard Fratello style and has a metallic silver design with an image of the moon in the center. I weighed the cigar at 16.7 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 71.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included chocolate, sweet tobacco and wood. From the foot, I could pick out sweet raisin, tobacco and wood.
Jiunn: The Fratello The Lunar Cameroon has an unattractive Colorado Maduro wrapper shade with various dark patches. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll on the lumpier end and the head well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of a strong barnyard. Aromas from the foot reveal spicy cedar and barnyard. Cold draw tells of cream and cedar.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. The retrohale is a bit heavier on the toasted oak, but also has the earth and black pepper. At an inch in, the earth is now right behind the toasted oak. At an inch and a quarter, a light mustiness joins the profile. At an inch and a half in, the mustiness is now in the middle of the profile as the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with mustiness in the middle and black pepper slightly behind. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some nice dry wood, tobacco and earth flavors. There are some warm spice qualities present as well and the cigar is smoking around a medium level for strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are creamy chocolate that is followed by a mild, dry wood finish. Some mild baking spices push into the retrohale while retaining the wood finish. Some post draw pepper develops as the first third continues at a light plus strength level. Flavor evolution continues as chocolate combines with spices along with hints of leather, and the wood finish that takes on some mild mustiness.
Jiunn: The first third delivers a spicy and nutty experience with dried red pepper spice and roasted nuts. The combination is well layered, not being too spicy. Retrohaling deepens both the dried red pepper spice and roasted nuts. The finish is quite clean with layered mixed nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper is now a bit dull. At a half inch in, the black pepper is now pretty mellow. The retrohale is now toasted oak, earth and light mustiness. At an inch in, the overall profile is becoming a bit dry. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is just ahead of the earth, with both the mustiness and dull black pepper just behind the midpoint of the profile. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first and I am picking up those dry wood, tobacco and earth notes. Spices present as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The second third gets going with baking spices, an earth and musty tobacco combination in the center, and earth and wood joining together through the finish. As the second third progresses, a medium earth moves into the center of the profile.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile becomes less distinct and full. The combination of roasted nuts and dried red pepper spice has less pop and melds in an unfavorable manner. The best part of the cigar is the retrohale, as I’m still getting full and distinct pepper spice and nuttiness. Strength and body remains medium.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted oak and earth are even up front. At a half inch in, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale remains toasted oak, earth and light mustiness. At an inch in, the black pepper is now very faint. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak and earth are even up front with mustiness in the middle and faint black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first and second. Again, medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy earth and tobacco through the first few puffs, with earth and wood mixing through the post draw. Earth begins to dominate the post draw at medium-full strength as it settles in. That same earth takes over the profile and is driving the cigar through the remainder of the last third.
Jiunn: The final third tells the same story as the second third. Still roasted nuts and dried red pepper spice that is less distinct and full in flavors. Oh how I wish I went back 30 minutes ago. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight through the first third, but the wrapper had cracked at the beginning of the second third up to the band, which caused it to become wavy and required a touch-up to get everything back in line. The ash held on in near two inch increments.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn line was uneven to start, but corrected on its own as it continued. I had a fairly straight burn for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Fratello The Lunar Cameroon

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw.
John: The draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches into resistant territory which puts it in the very good category for a draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. Some mustiness joined in a bit later. The second third saw the black pepper become a bit dull and the overall profile became a bit dry. The final third saw the black pepper become pretty faint. The Fratello The Lunar Cameroon had a nice start, with a full flavored profile. Things fell off a bit in the second third as the black pepper became dull and the profile was a bit dry. Things remained the same through to the end. This is a cool concept for the cigar, but the overall experience wasn’t that intriguing. Paired with the high price point, I don’t see it as a cigar I’d come back to.
Seth: The Fratello The Lunar Cameroon started out as an old school Cameroon, and I was hoping it would show some growth with complexity as the cigar progressed, but it turned out to be one dimensional and finish flat in the second half. Too lacking of a Cameroon. I do feel there is something to say with these modern Cameroons that have a lot more body, strength, depth and complexity. You can’t make a Cameroon like you once could if you want to speak to the modern smoker.
John: The Fratello The Lunar Cameroon started out with some compelling flavor combinations in the first third, but many of those combinations fell off for me by the second third, and as it continued, it became largely earth forward. The burn was perfect while the draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum. There’s no question the packaging on The Lunar Cameroon is eye catching, and I can see this blend appealing to a variety of cigar smokers, but ultimately it’s not something I could see myself returning to. Total smoking time was a lengthy 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Jiunn: Most cigars reviewed have a nice first third and tapers off the final two thirds. This Fratello The Lunar Cameroon in many ways is just that. However, I especially wish it was not so because of the enjoyment level of the first third. The first third’s flavor profile danced around the milder but flavorful side of Cameroon. It’s rarely tasted but it was pure deliciousness. But overall a lackluster two thirds created an average smoking experience.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.61

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.73

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$2.52

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.46

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