IPCPR: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Stogie Review. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new cigars, to seek out new herfs and new blends, to boldly smoke tobaccos no one has smoked before. Cue the music, we’re sitting down in the Fratello booth with the cigar world’s rocket scientist, Omar de Frias.
Omar was a tough one to get on camera. The Fratello booth wasn’t large, but it was strategically located and he was always writing up orders. On day two we saw an opening and pounced like Khan with a sack full of tribbles. He told us Fratello is launching Navetta this year, a medium-to-full blend, using a single origin tobacco out of Joya de Nicaragua. It will be available in four sizes, and the plan is to ship it in September. The idea behind the cigar is something to celebrate with. Of course there are references to the space program (the name translates to “shuttle”), but celebrations are not limited by that frontier. Unfortunately the cigars will not be packaged in a space shuttle, but Omar promises that the packaging will be unique. You can expect to pay between $10 and $13 when it arrives.