IPCPR 2018: Tatuaje

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Tatuaje is celebrating its 15th anniversary, though you wouldn’t really know it until you looked in a display case. There are no banners, no birthday cake, no birthday wine, but there is a birthday cigar.

Tatuaje’s booth remains the same as it’s been of late, though I believe the traditional end-of-show beer share is a bit reduced this year. I’ll say this: this isn’t the right medium to reflect on Tatuaje’s 15 years, but there are few companies—retailers and manufacturers—that have changed the cigar business this much in 15 years.

Tatuaje 15th Anniversary

It’s Tatuaje’s 15th anniversary and such, there’s a cigar, or four. As Pete Johnson told us on Friday, he’s making more and more products in Miami, a move that he described as harkening back to a simpler time.

  • WrapperEcuador (Habano Oscuro/Habano Rosado)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Oscuro Belicoso Fino (5 1/2 x 52) — $19 (Boxes of 10, $190)
  • Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Oscuro Torpedo Grande (6 1/2 x 52) — $21 (Boxes of 10, $210)
  • Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Belicoso Fino (5 1/2 x 52) — $19 (Boxes of 10, $190)
  • Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande (6 1/2 x 52) — $21 (Boxes of 10, $210)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Tatuaje Gran Tatuaje

The first of what will likely be a three-part series of Miami-made special cigars from Tatuaje. These are made at El Rey de Los Habanos and the same size as the RC 233. Beyond that—and that it’s probably going to be north of $50 per cigar—Pete Johnson isn’t saying much.

Of note, the other two are likely to use red and blue bands, a method to make out the American flag.

  • Wrappern/a
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: n/a
  • Tatuaje Gran Tatuaje (9 x 55) — n/a

Production: Limited (Undisclosed)

Launch Date: n/a

Tatuaje El Triunfador Original Robusto

Johnson has played around with the original El Triunfador blend in a robusto form, now you can buy it.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Tatuaje El Triunfador Original Robusto (5 x 50) — $10

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Tatuaje Nuevitas

The Tatuaje Nuevitas is back. The release, which was phased out in 2007, was originally made by Tabacalera Tropical but is now being produced by the García family at My Father Cigars S.A.

Unlike the Jibaro, this does not have an unfinished foot.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo 99)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Tatuaje Nuevitas (5 x 52) — $8.52 (Boxes of 25, $213)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro

The extension of Nuevitas is also back, two sizes of Jibaro.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo 99)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro No.1 (5 x 54) — $9 (Boxes of 50, $450)
  • Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro No.2 (6 x 52) — $9.50 (Boxes of 50, $475)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Tatuaje The Bride

The final Monster Series release, maybe. The Bride is described as an elegant Monster Series release, around medium-plus. Like last year, there’s an accompanying Elie Bleu lighter.

Production is the same as last year: 666 dress boxes of 13 cigars and 4,500 boxes of 10 cigars for a total of 53,658 cigars.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf Rosado)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

Production: 53,658 Total Cigars

Launch Date: October 2018

Surrogates Eight Baller

What were to happen if you take the Surrogates Crystal Baller (5 3/4 x 56) and replace the Ecuadorian habano with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper? You get Eight Baller.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Surrogates Crystal Baller (5 3/4 x 56) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Surrogates Satin Glove SG654

If you wanted a slightly smaller, albeit thicker, version of the Satin Glove, there’s now a toro extra size.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Surrogates Satin Glove SG654 (6 x 54) — $9.25 (Boxes of 20, $185)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Surrogates Cracker Crumbs 50-Count Cabinets

The Surrogates Cracker Crumbs are now offered in 50-count cabinets.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Surrogates Cracker Crumbs (4 1/2 x 38) — $2.90 (Boxes of 50, $145)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: 2018

Update (Aug. 15, 2018) — The original version of this story indicated the El Triunfador uses an Ecuadorian wrapper, it is in fact Connecticut broadleaf.

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