Pete Johnson’s plan to release a Tatuaje Advent calendar this holiday season will have to wait a bit longer, as he told halfwheel that due to delays in the packaging being produced, he will be delaying its release until mid-2022, at which point it will be released alongside the 2022 version.

The Tatuaje Advent Calendar was scheduled to ship in November so that consumers could have them in hand prior to the start of December, but that looked increasingly unlikely. “With November fast approaching I decided it was best to slow down and focus on making sure nothing gets missed and the release goes smoothly at a later date,” Johnson said.

The 2021 version of the Tatuaje Advent Calendar contains 24 cigars, 15 of which are core lines from the portfolios of Tatuaje & L’Atelier Imports:

  • Cabaiguan
  • Cabaiguan Guapos Natural
  • El Triunfador
  • Fausto
  • L’Atelier
  • La Mission
  • Négociant
  • Surrogates Tramp Stamp
  • Tatuaje Black Label
  • Tatuaje Brown Label
  • Tatuaje Havana VI
  • Tatuaje ME II
  • Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro
  • Tatuaje Tattoo
  • Tatuaje Verocú

The other nine cigars include five Monster releases, two holiday cigars and two Halloween cigars, often referred to as Pumpkins. All 24 of the cigars are being released in a 4 1/2 x 46 vitola, which is a new size for all of them. Additionally, the five Monsters will be the same in all of the samplers. All of the cigars have already been produced.

Each Tatuaje Advent Calendar also comes with an ornament that doubles as a tool to help open up each individual panel while keeping the box intact.

While the cigars are delayed, the pricing and production will not change, with 5,000 of the Tatuaje Advent Calendars being produced, and each having an MSRP of $200. Johnson said he is still unsure whether or not he will cover the 2021 date or leave it as is, though noted that he didn’t think the year mattered too much given that each year’s release is a limited edition and the cigars inside will be different.

As for the 2022 release, it will also be limited to 5,000 sets and will have an MSRP of $200. As for what’s inside, Johnson said that the size will be the same as the 2021 edition but that the blends will be different. It will include regular production blends as well as different Monster Series releases, Halloween blends and Holiday blends. The color of the box will change and it will include the year 2022 on it. Johnson said he has already ordered the packaging for next year’s release.

He said that both the 2021 and 2022 versions will come out around the middle of 2022, though did not have a more specific date.

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