There are certain brands that you go and visit at IPCPR year after year, and you watch them grow and evolve as a brand. At the same time, you are amazed how much time passes when you first encounter them at IPCPR. One of them is Fratello Cigars. Company owner and founder Omar de Frias first went to the Trade Show in 2013, launching his debut cigar.  Now he has evolved the brand to include five different lines and has recently added an operations manager in Shannon Strang. The booth is consistently busy every year, yet de Frias always makes the time to talk to us with the energy and excitement he is known for.

This year, Fratello introduced a new blend as well as new packaging for his first two lines.

First up is the newest blend, the Fratello Navetta Inverso. This is a spinoff of the Fratello Navetta, but with the tobaccos arranged in an inverted fashion.

The Fratello Navetta Inverso features all of the same tobacco components as the Fratello Navetta, but they are assembled into the blend differently. Navetta Inverso features a Habano Nicaraguan wrapper, an Ecuadorian binder, and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. (The original Navetta featured an Ecuadorian wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan filler). The cigars are available in three sizes: Corona Gorda, Robusto, and Toro Fino. The cigars are presented in 20-count boxes.

Like the original Fratello Navetta, the Navetta Inverso pays homage to de Frias’ time with NASA. De Frias worked at NASA for 12 years before leaving the organization to focus on Fratello Cigars full time.

Fratello’s first two lines received some new packaging with new box designs similar to what Fratello Oro, Fratello Navetta, and now Fratello Navetta Inverso have. The original Fratello cigar line has been rebranded as Fratello Classico. The Fratello Bianco also received a box design change. Both blends remain the same.

2018 Product Reports

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