Tatuaje’s Tuxtla Series, which puts a Mexican San Andrés wrapper on three of the company’s existing blends, is en route to retailers today.

The Tuxtla Series is debuting with three cigars, the Avion 13, Tatuaje 7th, and the Tatuaje T110. The line gets its name from San Andrés Tuxtla, the city and municipality that is home to the vast majority of Mexico’s premium cigar industry, including its tobacco growing region.

The Avion 13 Tuxtla is a 6 7/8 x 52 perfecto that will have an MSRP of $12.50 per cigar and is limited to 2,000 boxes of 25 cigars. The original Avion 13 came out in August 2013 and was the fifth in a series of annual releases of box-pressed perfectos which was born out of Tatuaje’s Fausto line. That original version used a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and a Nicaraguan double binder and filler.

The Tatuaje 7th Tuxtla is a 5 5/8 x 46 corona that comes with an MSRP of $9.50 per cigar and is also limited to 2,000 boxes of 25 cigars. It is a variant on the Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador 7th, which dates back more than a decade and has previously been offered in three wrapper options: an Ecuadorian habano, an Ecuadorian Sumatra, and a Connecticut broadleaf, all of which use a dual binder of Nicaraguan tobacco and a Nicaraguan filler.

Finally, the Tatuaje T110 Tuxtla is a 4 3/8 x 52 petit robusto, priced at $10 per cigar but with more cigars produced than the other two, as 4,000 boxes of 25 cigars have been produced The T110 dates back to 2009 and made a return to store shelves in 2021 in three wrapper variations, an Ecuadorian habano, an Ecuadorian Sumatra, and a Connecticut broadleaf, each with a Nicaraguan dual binder and filler. The Ecuadorian Sumatra-wrapped version, known as the Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial, finished #3 on halfwheel‘s Top 25 Cigars of 2021 list.

“I’m excited for people to try these cigars,” Pete Johnson told halfwheel when he announced the series in April. “The San Andrés wrapper really shows how much the wrapper can change the flavor of a cigar. We are very particular when using San Andrés making sure we use it on blends that can stand up to the heavier flavor. I think these blends work perfectly.”

This is not Tatuaje’s first foray into using Mexican tobacco, having released the Tatuaje Mexican Experiment and Tatuaje ME II lines in 2019, both of which were follow-ups to limited releases he created using Mexican San Andrés wrappers in 2012. Johnson has also used a Mexican-grown wrapper on The Face, the third installment of the Monster Series, and on releases for the Tobacconists’ Association of America, including the Tatuaje TAA 51th that was released in 2019.

Johnson told haflwheel that he is planning to add more cigars to the Tuxtla series in the future, and that some of the releases could end up becoming full production offerings.

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