For those who wanted new Tatuajes from Miami, there’s a new name to pay attention to: escasos.
Spanish for scarce or rare, the Tatuajes Escasos Collection is the name for an upcoming Tatuaje cigars that are both made at My Father’s factory in Miami and limited in nature.
Pete Johnson of Tatuaje shared a picture showing off a new Escasos secondary band and five cigars that have not been released. Most of the cigars aren’t official, finalized releases, though a few have been mentioned before.
The lone exception is the Gran Tatuaje, the large 9 x 55 perfecto, which Tatuaje announced earlier this year. That cigar is expected to be one of three cigars of an informal Tatuaje United States Series. Johnson declined to talk much about the cigars, other than to say the packaging was going to have red, white and blue touches and the cigars were going to be expensive, probably more than $50 per cigar.
Tatuaje’s Gran Cazador, a previously talked about project, will be part of the series.
There are also two familiar names: Petite Église and Clos L’Église.
Johnson began discussing the La Petite Eglise release in 2013, originally talking about it as an event-only cigar for the U.S. About a year ago, he updated the status of the cigar, saying that it—along with a new cigar called Clos L’Église—would be sold in Europe in spring 2018. At the time, the cigars were described as 5 x 50 robustos using different Ecuadorian wrappers and expected pricing around €15 per cigar.
That’s no longer the case.
Johnson said the “concept has completely changed” and the cigars will no longer be European exclusives and not close to that price point. The original intent was to make the two Église cigars in Nicaragua, not Miami.
Of note, Johnson has stated the tobacco used for Escasos cigars is all Havana-seed, ruling out the possibility of broadleaf.
Beyond that, Escasos will serve as a vehicle for Johnson to release other smaller production cigars out of Miami, something he’s done before, though Escasos sounds to be far more limited than a project like Le Vignoble.