As was mentioned earlier, I have no clue how Tatuaje/L’Atelier Imports once shared a booth with My Father. The new Tatuaje booth is impressive, easily the best new booth I saw on day one. It features bars, illuminated logos and portraits of the company’s employees. What’s more, there’s a lot of new items in the house of Pete Johnson.

L'Atelier Racine ER16

L’Atelier Extension de La Racine ER16

The annual IPCPR Convention & Trade Show exclusive for L’Atelier Imports is back for another year, this time in its shortest format.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • L’Atelier Extension de La Racine ER16 (4 7/8 x 50) — $9.25 (Boxes of 20, $185)

Launch Date: August 2016

Production: 1,500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)

L'Atelier Identite

L’Atelier Identité

If there’s one tobacco L’Atelier is known for its Sancti Spiritus, a cross between criollo and pelo de oro. The three-size Identité is the first time the company has used the tobacco in all three parts of the cigar, though it’s not a Sancti Spiritus puro.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador Sancti Spiritus
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • L’Atelier Identité 4 7/8 x 50
  • L’Atelier Identité 5 5/8 x 46
  • L’Atelier Identité 5 7/8 x 52

Launch Date: August 2016

Production: Regular Production

La Mission de L'Atelier Extensions

La Mission de L’Atelier 1982

There’s another new size for L’Atelier’s La Mission.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Mission de L’Atelier 1982 (6 1/8 x 52) — $10 (Boxes of 18, $180)

Launch Date: Now

Production: Regular Production



The Tatuaje & L’Atelier Imports collaboration got its debut. The more notable part might be the use of Mexican tobacco in the binder, a rare departure from the Pete Johnson signature of all Nicaraguan fillers.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Mexico & Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Négociant Robusto (5 x 52)
  • Négociant Corona (6 1/4 x 48)
  • Négociant Belicoso (5 3/4 x 52)

Launch Date: Now

Production: Regular Production

Surrogates Corona Gorda

Surrogates Crystal Baller Corona Gorda

Fans of Surrogates continue to get smaller ring gauge versions of older blends. The new Crystal Baller Corona Gorda is already on its way to stores.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Surrogates Crystal Baller Corona Gorda (6 1/4 x 46) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Launch Date: Now

Production: Regular Production

Tatuaje Broadleaf Collection

Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection

Boom. Ten sizes, old school Cuba packaging and cigars including the full Hunter range and other sizes old and new. The cigars feature specialized Reserva Broadleaf bands to separate themselves from releases like the Reserva 21, which carries a Reserva band in normal form. This will begin shipping now but it will take 6-8 months before the full 5,000 chest allotment lands in stores.

Pricing is $1,200 per chest of 100 and each chest includes 10 of the 10 included vitolas.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Tatuaje Havana Cazadores Reserva Broadleaf (6 3/8 x 43)
  • Tatuaje Unicos Reserva Broadleaf (6 1/8 x 52)
  • Tatuaje Noellas Reserva Broadleaf (5 1/8 x 42)
  • Tatuaje Tainos Reserva Broadleaf (7 5/8 x 49)
  • Tatuaje Especiales Reserva Broadleaf (7 1/2 x 38)
  • Tatuaje Regios Reserva Broadleaf (5 x 50)
  • Tatuaje Reserva SW Broadleaf (7 x 47)
  • Tatuaje Reserva J21 Broadleaf (5 x 50)
  • Tatuaje Reserva K222 Broadleaf (5 7/8 x 52)
  • Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 Reserva Broadleaf (6 1/2 x 52)

Launch Date: August 2016

Production: 500,000 Total Cigars

Tatuaje The Krueger 1

Tatuaje The Krueger

It’s business as usual with the Monster Series proper. There will be dress boxes, plain boxes (which have a bit more graphics) and the fun starts in October. It seems fairly clear that Pete Johnson is unclear to what the future of the Monster Series looks like after this year though.

  • Wrapper: Mexico
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Tatuaje The Krueger (7 1/4 x 48) — $13 (Boxes of 13, $169)

Launch Date: October 2016

Production: 60,000 Total Cigars

Tatuaje La Verite 2013

Tatuaje La Vérité 2013

(Finally) Coming later this year.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Tatuaje La Vérité 2013 (7 x 47) — $20
  • Tatuaje L’Espirit de Vérité 2013 (5 x 50) — $16

Launch Date: November 2016


  • Tatuaje La Vérité 2013 — 21,600 Total Cigars (Boxes of 10, 25, 50, 100)
  • Tatuaje L’Espirit de Vérité 2013 — 24,400 Total Cigars (Boxes of 10, 25)

Tatuaje Skinny Monster Boxes

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters Collection

This is pretty much what you read about before: 400 boxes of 25 cigars were made for each Skinny Monster, the only difference is retailers must buy the boxes in sets of 10, i.e. one of each Skinny Monster.

Pricing is $8.50 per cigar or $212.50 per box.

Tatuaje Skinny Monster Cazadores & Lancero

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters Cazadores & Lanceros

Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) and Cazadores (6 4/8 x 48) versions of the Skinny Monsters are coming. This will be an initial release of around 5,000 boxes next spring though they are expected to be regular production.

Pricing will likely be around $90 for the Cazadores version and $95 for the Lancero version. It will include the same blends that were in the Skinny Monsters.

Tatuaje Stash Ashtray

The $50 ashtray features a large storage area for accessories. Look for this in November/December.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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