Fratello has never been known as a brand to release a multitude of new blends all at once, so it was no great shock that Omar de Frais’ company decided that there would only be one new blend debuting at the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, although there were some packaging changes with existing releases as well.

Visually, the Fratello booth was the same as last year, although the space shuttle prop that held the cigars was moved inside a glass case instead of being left out in the open, presumably so that people walking by would not feel compelled to touch it. The booth was so busy every time I walked by that I was not able to get a video of Frias myself; in fact, my colleague Patrick Lagreid shot it while he was running around.

Fratello Navetta Inverso

The one new release mentioned above was the Navetta Inverso, which, as the name suggests, is actually composed of a blend that is the inverse of the Navetta line the company introduced last year.

Instead of the Ecuadorian oscuro wrapper, Dominican binder and Nicaraguan filler tobacco in the original blend, the new version uses a Nicaraguan habano wrapper covering an Ecuadorian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The band colors are also inverted, with the new cigars sporting a black foot band as opposed to a white one.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua


  • Fratello Navetta Inverso Corona Gorda (5 7/8 x 46) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • Fratello Navetta Inverso Robusto (5 1/4 x 54) — $11.25 (Boxes of 20, $225)
  • Fratello Navetta Inverso Toro Grande (6 1/4 x 54) — $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: September 2018

Updated Packaging for Bianco and Classico Lines

In addition, the boxes for the original Fratello line—now known as Classico—and the second line—named Bianco—will look move from sliding lid boxes (SLB) to flip top boxes, similar to the company’s Oro line.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 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.