Brand: Fratello

Line: Navetta Inverso

Size: Robusto (5.5 X 54)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

MSRP: $11.25

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review were provided by Fratello cigars

Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system

This cigar was released at the 2018 IPCPR and is the second cigar to be released under the Navetta line. This cigar is named Inverso because it’s based on the blend of the original Navetta, but flipped inside out. The original Navetta features an Ecuadorian wrapper over Dominican binder and Nicaraguan filler. The Navetta Inverso features Nicaraguan wrapper over Ecuadorian filler and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler.

Prelight:

After removing the large foot band the wrapper was a medium brown color with some darker spots and noticeable veins but the cigar retained very smooth overall appearance. Prelight draw had grassy and hay-like flavors with a slight sweetness. The resistance on the prelight draw was just where I like it, with some resistance but not too much.

First Third:

After lighting, the initial flavors were earth, leather, and some generic wood notes that I had a hard time attributing to any particular variety of wood. The earth flavor was in the area of a sandy soil type with some mineral components. There was some medium strength black pepper spice, especially on the retrohale, and I found that it complimented the rest of the flavor profile very nicely. The wood flavor started to become more identifiable as cedar with a faint sweetness toward the end of the first third.

Second Third:

Going into the second third the pepper intensity drops off a little bringing out more pronounced woody cedar-like flavors. I also picked up a very faint salty quality, but the core flavors had not changed much. I think the depth of flavor increased with the drop in pepper and spice level. The cigar still retained a nice level of spice on the retrohale and finish providing balance to other flavors.

Final Third:

I didn’t notice any flavor transitions going into the final third. It stayed pretty consistent with the second third, except for toward the end, where I started to notice some baking spice and freshly baked bread qualities.

Total smoking time was about 1 hour 30 minutes

Final Thoughts:

This cigar was not very complex but an enjoyable experience throughout. I think the level of spice and black pepper was just right to provide balance and keep me interested in the cigar. I consider this a solid medium strength and medium body smoke with flavors that went into the full end of the spectrum at times. It’s really interesting to see how different of a cigar this was from the original Navetta. It’s difficult not to ask myself what one I prefer more, and if had to chose one my preference is with the original, but the Navetta Inverso is a very good cigar that is definitely worth trying.

Jason’s rating: 89 (AKA “Five Pack”)

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