Fratello Navetta Inverso

Omar de Frias, born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in the Dominican Republic. Most of us know him as the Founder of Fratello Cigars. He comes from a background of working at NASA for 12 years, before going into the premium cigar business in 2013. The Washington Post July 2017 states, “This NASA analyst left a $200.000 job to sell cigars”. According to the article what draw de Frias to the tobacco business was the following, he said: “I like the culture…I have been smoking cigars for 20 years and have been fascinated by the industry…I liked how I would see my grandfather smoking a cigar. It was such a fine thing to do. It seemed classy”. The honesty of de Frias is appealing in his comments, as goes for most of us, the appeal of a beautiful cigar draws us in, and before we know it we wonder what another one would be like. 

Navetta Inverso Corona Gorda

Fratello Navetta Inverso Corona Gorda

Country of Origin : Nicaragua

Wrapper : Nicaragua

Binder : : Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

Length : 5 7/8″

Ring Gauge : 46

Factory : Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.

Strength : Medium

Navetta Fratello Corona Gorda up close

Description of the cigar: As I look around in my humidor today I decided to select the Fratello Navetta Inverso Corona Gorda. The unique presentation of this cigar it appears to have come from out of space.  The standard Fratello band comes with a silver and black band along with two small symbols of rockets on one side. At the foot of the cigar the same colors appear on an approximate 2” band. The box comes in white with NASA standard fonts, however the most interesting is the interior top of the box; it looks like protective tiles used as a thermal protection system on the actual space shuttle . This cigar is a flawless oily wrapper built to perfection, with small veins; it makes a very beautiful cigar to hold and show off.

Image of the Shuttle protective tiles at interior of box top

Once lit: The cigar starts with an oak, pepper, and earthy notes. I must say that it has a great draw, a nice aroma along with a nice white ash.  As I continue to enjoy my Corona Gorda it opens up to a medium, but nothing stronger. On my retrohale I find some pepper, hint of chocolate and some nutty. Still very consistence smoke. While approaching my second third of my cigar the ash still white and holding on.

Burn of the Navetta Inverso (Corona Gorda)

Approaching my second third I cannot stress enough that my Inverso Double Corona continues to burn the same as before. I’m picking up some earthy, and some leathery notes as well. The ash dropped upon entering my last final third of my smoke. I must say that the leathery note is very influential toward the end. I really enjoyed smoking this cigar.  My credit to Omar de Frias for taking the chance in reversing the leave process. Job well done!

Final Burn of the Navetta Inverso
Omar de Frias and myself at Old Virginia Tobacco Co., March 2018

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