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The new Fausto The Old Man and the C from Tatuaje has begun shipping to retailers, according to Pete Johnson, who shared the news via his social media channels on Wednesday.

Like the original Tatuaje The Old Man and the C that debuted in August 2012 and used the company’s Private Reserve blend, more commonly referred to as the Tatuaje Black Label, each individual coffin of the Fausto The Old Man and the C is a combination of a culebra and a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero, making for a total of four cigars in each set. Each set has an MSRP of $35, with a total of 10,000 coffins produced divided into 1,000 cases of 10 coffins.

The Fausto blend is generally regarded as Tatuaje’s strongest regular production offering, and was notable for its advertising that borrowed from the movie “This is Spinal Tap” when it proclaimed that “this one goes to 11.” It features an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binders and fillers. It traces its roots back to 2009 when Johnson released the Tatuaje T110 as a single store release for R. Field Wine Co. in Hawaii. That cigar was a limited edition, noted as much for its dark wrapper as for its strong profile. It was based on another cigar that Johnson had made, the Thermonuclear, which got its name from its abundance of strength.

While the culebra is new for the Fausto blend, this isn’t the first time that it has been released in a lancero vitola, as it was one of the cigars in the Tatuaje Lancero Sampler that debuted in 2014. Johnson said that while the blend has to be adjusted for the size, it remains true and is full of flavor and strength.

The cigars are being made at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Johnson had originally announced that they would be out in March but decided to rearrange the shipping dates of some of his latest offerings.

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Patrick Lagreid

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