Pete Johnson has confirmed that The Face, the third cigar in Tatuaje’s Monster Series, will be getting a redux release this October.

The cigar will return with the same basic details, meaning a 6 3/8 x 56 toro gordo vitola and a blend that uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over Nicaraguan binders and fillers. Pete Johnson declined to disclose any other details about the cigar, including pricing, production numbers, box design, and any tweaks that may have been made to the blend.


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The Tatuaje The Face debuted in October 2010 and became recognizable for using a somewhat jaggedly cut piece of Ecuadorian Connecticut tobacco to serve as the band, a nod to the movie monster Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, who was known for wearing a mask made of a person’s skin. Like its predecessors, The Frank and The Drac, it would come in boxes designed to look like coffins, complete with red paint splattered on them to mimic the look of blood. Only 13 retailers would get those dress boxes, which were limited to 666 individually numbered pieces, while a more traditional 10-count box was also created for widespread release. In total, 21,658 cigars were released for The Face.

The Face was also notable for being the first modern movie monster to be selected for Tatuaje’s Monster Series line, as the classic movie monsters Frankenstein and Dracula served as the inspiration for the line’s first two releases.

In September 2021, Johnson announced that he would begin issuing redux versions of the Monster Series cigars in the same order in which they were initially released, though it would come in new packaging with significantly more cigars being produced. In the case of The Frank, just 8,658 cigars were produced for the original release, while 65,000 cigars were produced for the redux. The Drac Redux 2 shipped to stores the following year, in October 2022.

In the years between the Monster Series’ debut and the launch of the Monster Series Redux, Johnson has created a number of extensions to the Monster Series, including the Monster Mash, a sampler that included all of the Monster Series releases in a slightly shorter vitolas than the original. There has also been the Pudgy Monsters, Little Monsters, and a trio of releases under the Skinny Monsters name, including the Skinny Monsters Lanceros and Skinny Monsters Cazadores.

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