Back in the spring of 2012, Tobacco Plaza in Great Neck, N.Y. celebrated its 40th anniversary with the Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD, a 6 x 58 gran belicoso with a blend that used a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan binders and fillers.

Ten years later, the store is bringing the cigar back in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

The Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD returns with the same vitola and blend details, with this production limited to 500 boxes of 10 cigars. Pricing is set at $20 per cigar and $200 per box, which includes the New York OTP tax.

Unlike the original release where there were two versions released, one with bands and one without that were wet-packed into foil, there will not be a wet-packed option for this release. Pete Johnson recently shared this image of how the cigars will be packaged:

The bands will also be different from the original version, which said Tobacco Plaza DD on them. Now, the cigars wear the Tatuaje Exclusive Series bands with the secondary Reserva band that is used for blends that use Connecticut broadleaf wrappers.

Danny Ditkowich, owner of Tobacco Plaza and the DD in the cigar’s name, told halfwheel that the cigars are expected to ship to the store before the end of August.

Update (Oct. 3, 2022) — The cigars have gone on sale via Tobacco Plaza’s website.

Images courtesy of Pete Johnson/Danny Ditkowich.

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