The Tatuaje Advent Calendars are just about ready to begin shipping, as Tatuaje has informed its retailers and confirmed to halfwheel that the first shipments are expected to go out by the end of this week.

The Tatuaje 2021 Advent Calendar, which is also referred to as the green version for the color of the stripe along the bottom of the box and the color of the shirt that Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson wears on the front of the box, was slated to have been released last year, but delays in the production of the packaging forced it to be pushed into 2022. When Johnson announced the delay in October 2022, he said that it would eventually ship alongside the 2022 edition, also known as the blue version.

As for what it is in Tatuaje’s 2021 Advent Calendar, it is a total of 24 cigars, all of which measure 4 1/2 x 46. The core lines of Tatuaje and L’Atelier Imports make up 15 of the 24 cigars, with the following lines included:

  • 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

As for the other nine cigars, five of them will be 4 1/2 x 46 versions of Monster Series releases, two will be holiday-themed cigars, one is described as a “Limited,” and the final cigar will be a Tatuaje Pumpkin, the company’s Halloween-themed cigars. The five Monster Series releases will be the same in all of the 2021 Advent Calendars.

When it comes to what’s in the 2022 Advent Calendar, the sizes remain the same but Johnson isn’t disclosing what actual cigars will be included. He told halfwheel that there will only be seven repeat cigars from the 2021 Advent Calendar, and that the five Monster Series cigars, the two holiday cigars and the Pumpkin cigar will all be different.

“The Advents are supposed to be a secret of what is behind each door so I prefer not to go into details of the exact cigars in each calendar,” Johnson said when asked what was inside the 2022 version.

Both Tatuaje Advent Calendars are priced at $200 and are limited to 5,000 boxes each.

Update (Oct. 20, 2022) — Clarified the number of Pumpkin cigars in each sampler.

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