Tatuaje Black Label

Tatuaje Black Label AFC

Pete Johnson of Tatuaje and Havana Cellars has never been shy about creating limited production releases and exclusives for retailers, whether it be the well-known…

Tatuaje Black Label AFC Released at Ambassador Fine Cigars

Tatuaje has expanded its highly sought-after Black Label line with a store exclusive for Ambassador Fine Cigars in Scottsdale, Ariz, releasing the 7 x 48…

Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda 2013

You can have a debate about what the best Tatuaje is of all-time, but there is no question about which is the most memorable Tatuaje…

IPCPR 2013: Tatuaje

Tatuaje and My Father Cigars had a much more cohesive and unified feel this year as they shared a gorgeous new booth with equal billing…

Redux: Tatuaje Black Label Tubo

Back in late 2009, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje released his first tubed cigar in two lines: Verocú and the famed Black Label Private Reserve. At the…

Tatuaje Offers Black Label Lancero Boxes for New York/New Jersey

Less than two weeks after hinting about shipping boxes of Black Label Lanceros to New York and New Jersey, Pete Johnson formally took the offer…

Tatuaje The Old Man and the C (Prerelease)

One of Tatuaje’s most revered blends is the Private Reserve, otherwise known as the Black Label blend. Ever since the original release of the Corona…

Tatuaje Black Label Lancero (Prerelease)

For many—myself included—Tatuaje’s new Old Man and the C was one of the most anticipated releases of IPCPR 2012 for one major reason, the Tatuaje…

Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero (Prerelease)

About six months ago,  Tobacco Grove contacted Tatuaje Cigars owner Pete Johnson about having a special cigar release for the Minnesota-based store. The problem, as with…

Weekly News (January 10, 2011)

If there was ever a fun week of news… this is going to be it. It’s an eclectic bit of information. Pete Johnson confirmed what…

Tatuaje Black Label Tubo Torpedo (Prerelease)

The Story of the Tatuaje Black

On a recent trip to a famous island known for historic cigar making, I spent my time in a small town enjoying the simple life. Every day was peaceful and every night was festive, with both having cigars involved throughout. My favorite cigar was not a cigar bought at the local store or factory, but a cigar that was handed to me every morning.

Mornings, after taking a shower with a bucket of water warmed with what looked like a curling iron, I would walk to the front of the house and sit on the fence to get some sun and take in the fresh air. I also took in the fact that I was miles from home and no one knew where I was. My phone didn’t work and I had no cares in the world other than trying to decide what to smoke.

My first morning on the island an older gentleman came along on his bike. This was not a motorcycle but something like an old Schwinn that he had likely been riding for decades. This gentleman was well dressed, almost dapper, and I probably appeared to him to be a strange character. My usual outfit of jeans, t-shirt, loads of silver jewelry, and an arm full of tattoos didn’t seem to faze him. He saw I was enjoying myself so that morning, and every morning after that, he would stop and give me a cigar from his shirt pocket. This cigar was far from being a ‘pretty’ cigar but that did not bother me a bit. It was a treasured and unexpected gift that I was thrilled to be given. After smoking this cigar I realized that this was one of the best cigars I smoked on the island. Later that day in speaking with my host on this trip I came to understand that these cigars were something special to every person who carried them. They were cigars that they made for themselves. Even the guys who worked hard in the cigar factories all day would return home at night and make their private cigars. Simple cigars with flavors they personally enjoyed. Over the course of the next few days my host and I visited his friends and asked for cigars that they made. Before I left I had cigars from a few locals who all used different tobaccos from the different growing regions. They were all great but there was one that really stood out for me as special.

I decided when traveling to Nicaragua to work with the Garcia family that I would try to recreate this special cigar for myself. Together we spent quite some time working on the blend and looking at different leaves for wrapper. The marbled toothy wrapper was perfect for this cigar, rustic looking but with tons of aroma. After smoking the first sample, I was immediately brought back to that island relaxing on a fence, enjoying life, smoking a great cigar. A great cigar that will always in my mind represent the place, the time, and the experience of the purity of the simple life. This cigar may be considered ugly by some but inside that surface roughness it contains such rich flavor and aroma.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. This is a tribute to that cigar.

Enjoy,