Fratello Navetta Inverso (The Boxer)

The high end vitola, the wrapper and the outstanding flavor profile: this cigar provides a great experience.

The best of the two samples I received for this cigar review had invisible seams, no blemishes, no wrinkles but plenty of veins. The wrapper had an oily sheen, dulled slightly by a consistent toothiness. There was an even sturdy pack all the way up to the sharp taper, of this box pressed Torpedo, with no soft spots. I used cigar scissors (my go to at this point) and a single flame torch on these samples.

I had big expectations for the flavor profile set by the higher end production/vitola, the wrapper quality and the aromas. The cigar lived up to these expectations and provided a great experience with a great burn and rich flavor notes. Those solid flavor notes stayed sharp and bold throughout and there were transitions that progressed the blend through the thirds nicely. The blend created a citrus and graham cracker long finish on the palate that is about as pleasant as you could ask for from a cigar.

The blend starts off exciting and stays there...even cranking it up to 11 at times. Some cigars stand out from the rest and, for me, this one certainly shines. Completely wipe out any feeling on your palate and pair this one with Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Or be a little reasonable and have a Cuban coffee with this cigar.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano  / Binder: Ecuadorian / Filler: Nicaragua

Vitola: The Boxer / Size: 6.25 × 52

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.  / Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Mild Blue Cheese

Bibliosmia (Yup, I just discovered that there is a word for old book smell!) and Brown Sugar

Earthy dried wood and molasses

Sweet bakers spice, cedar, caramel and cinnamon raisin bread. Sharp cinnamon, cedar and white pepper retrohale.

Apricot, cedar, bakers spice, caramel and cinnamon raisin bread. Citrus and black pepper retrohale.

Molasses, that delicious cinnamon raisin bread is still there, dried apricot, freshly ground roasted coffee, cedar, licorice and leather. Citrus and black pepper retrohale.

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Bearded Moon

A couple of years ago I combined my passion for videography with cigars and jumped into posting reviews. In the process, I discovered a positive community and an intriguing industry rooted in a rich history. I also discovered that for relaxation, it's tough to beat a great cigar.