Cigar Aficionado

Berger & Argenti Releases Ultra-Thick FATSO

What do you get when stuff a perfecto with tobacco until it’s a 70 ring gauge, and then flatten it? The answer is  Berger & Argenti’s FATSO brand—or at least its thickest size.

FATSO is the newest cigar line to come from the mind of Michael Argenti, the creative force behind the Berger & Argenti brands, a company Argenti owns with his brother Albert and cigarmaker Kiki Berger.

FATSO is a series of four thick, rectangular and pressed perfectos that sport a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper, Ecuadoran Sumatra binder and filler tobacco from Nicaragua. The smallest size in the line weighs in at a mere 62 ring gauge. That’s the Dipper. At 4 inches by 62 ring, it even seems on the svelte side when compared to the 4 1/2 by 64 ring Puddin, the 5 1/2 by 68 ring Bufflehead or the 6 by 70 Butterball. They’re made in Nicaragua at Estelí Cigars S.A. and come in boxes of 16 that have holes drilled into the cedar for both airflow and distinction.

Argenti was one of many exhibitors at the IPCPR trade show handing out gargantuan cigars with ring thicknesses ranging from 60 to 70 in thickness—a trend that only seems to be growing.

"This line looks really interesting. All the best for them. Antonio Reinado Cigars" —August 22, 2012 12:42 PM
"Can only hope to see these downunder" —August 22, 2012 03:42 AM
"I'm doing a search as soon as I get done write'n this. I think I would like to start w/largest one and work my way down." —August 21, 2012 17:58 PM
"Can't wait to try this one!" —August 21, 2012 12:51 PM
"The draw on a 70 RG cigar must be quite interesting. Will have to hunt one down soon. Good to see an appearance from Mr.JD too, a privilege only usually bestowed upon those of r/cigars! - Chris" —August 21, 2012 08:16 AM
"Many people have been saying that it is a very nice stick. Hope they hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Best, JD" —August 20, 2012 23:01 PM