While the Fratello booth is the same as last year’s, there was one major change in the company; owner Omar de Frias left his job at NASA after 12 years to focus on his cigar brand.There is also one new brand in four vitolas, all of which are named after historic space shuttles and produced at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Nicaragua.Fratello Navetta

The new brand is named Navetta — Italian for shuttle — and features a blend made up of an Ecuadorian oscuro wrapper covering a Dominican binder as well as filler tobaccos from Nicaragua.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian oscuro
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Fratello Navetta Discovery (5 x 50) — $10.50 (Boxes of 20, $210)
  • Fratello Navetta Endeavor (6 1/4 x 54) — $11.25 (Boxes of 20, $225)
  • Fratello Navetta Enterprise (6 x 60) — $12 (Boxes of 20, $240)
  • Fratello Navetta Atlantis (6 1/4 x 52) — $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250)

Ship Date: September 2017

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.