Get ready, cigar enthusiasts! The highly anticipated Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars are almost here, with the Tatuaje 20th anniversary Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur arriving at Cuenca Cigars this coming Monday. Prepare to indulge in the exquisite flavors and craftsmanship of the new Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur vitolas. In this blog post, we’ll explore the rich history of Tatuaje, dive into the details of these new releases, and provide you with essential information on production, availability, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions. Let’s embark on an unforgettable journey celebrating Tatuaje’s 20th anniversary!
- Tatuaje Cigars celebrates its 20th Anniversary with two new vitolas, the Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur.
- Crafted at My Father factory in Nicaragua using premium Nicaraguan tobacco fillers and Ecuadorian Habano wrapper for a unique flavor profile of toasty, woody, nutty notes.
- Available both online and in retail outlets. Pairing suggestions include zinfandel or shiraz wines as well as chocolate or cherry desserts for an enhanced smoking experience.
Celebrating Tatuaje's 20th Anniversary
It’s been two decades since Pete Johnson and José “Pepín” Garcia, father of Jaime Garcia, joined forces to create Tatuaje Cigars. El Rey de Los Habanos, now known as My Father Cigars, commenced the blending process for Pete Johnson in Little Havana. Over the years, the brand has become synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, earning accolades and a loyal following among cigar aficionados. To commemorate their 20th anniversary, Tatuaje has released two new vitolas: the 20th Grande Merveille and the 20th Grand Chasseur.
Wrapped in an Ecuadorian darker Habano wrapper, these anniversary cigars feature dual Nicaraguan binders and Nicaraguan long-fillers, delivering a medium to full-bodied strength that’s perfect for both seasoned smokers and newcomers alike. Before discussing these new releases, we’ll take a detour to explore the roots of Tatuaje Cigars and their enduring legacy over the past 20 years.
The Origins of Tatuaje Cigars
Tatuaje Cigars was born out of Pete Johnson’s passion for Cuban cigars and his desire to create a brand that would capture the essence of those legendary smokes. With the help of Cuban master blender José Garcia, Tatuaje’s journey began with the release of their first cigar, the Tatuaje Cabinet Especiales, which garnered a 90 rating from Cigar Aficionado. Currently, all Tatuaje Cigars are handcrafted at the My Father Cigars factory located in Nicaragua. Pete Johnson, with his refined taste palette, supervises the entire process, making each product line distinct and unique in its taste profile.
Over the years, Tatuaje has introduced a variety of cigars, including the fan-favorite Belle Encre, which, although not part of the 20th-anniversary line, further solidified the brand’s reputation for excellence and innovation. Tatuaje has remained faithful to its commitment to quality and craftsmanship with each new release, guaranteeing a memorable smoking experience with its cigars.
A Legacy of Quality and Craftsmanship
From the very beginning, Tatuaje has been dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship in their cigars. Their alliance with José Garcia, the brain behind My Father Cigars and a respected authority in quality assurance for brands like Cohiba, demonstrates Tatuaje's commitment to quality. Throughout his career, Garcia has consistently applied his rigorous quality assurance techniques to Tatuaje, further solidifying their dedication to excellence.
Tatuaje’s distinctive craftsmanship sets them apart in the cigar industry. Their handcrafted production in Estelí, Nicaragua, using superior-quality tobacco, has earned them a reputation for producing small-batch cigars with an array of distinctive blends and flavors. This dedication to quality has allowed Tatuaje to create a strong brand identity and a reputation for excellence, attracting and retaining customers and setting them apart from competitors.
Introducing the Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur
Having explored the origins and legacy of Tatuaje Cigars, we’ll now examine their 20th-anniversary releases: the Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur. These regular-production cigars, available in two sizes, showcase Tatuaje’s commitment to excellence and innovation, boasting an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan filler.
Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille
The Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille is a medium-bodied smoke that offers a captivating blend of:
- Warm toasty
- Sweet notes
Boasting an oily Habano wrapper from Ecuador and Nicaraguan binder and filler, the Grande Merveille offers a tantalizing dark chocolate flavor that's bound to impress all cigar enthusiasts.
The wrapper imparts a complex aroma with notes of vanilla or coconut, which complements the earthier flavors on the palate. Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan binders and fillers provide a harmonious blend of earthy and spicy flavors, further enhancing the cigar’s overall flavor profile.
The 6⅛” x 46 size creates a longer smoking time with a thinner ring gauge, leading to a more concentrated and subtle flavor profile.
Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur
The Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur, handcrafted at My Father Cigars in Nicaragua, is a medium to full-bodied cigar that offers a bold and satisfying smoking experience. It features:
- Wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper
- Nicaraguan binders and fillers
- A flavor profile that includes notes of cedar, earth, leather, and spice, with subtle hints of sweetness.
As you smoke the Grand Chasseur, you’ll notice the flavors evolve throughout, providing a rich and captivating experience. The 6⅜” x 54 size allows for a longer smoking time and a larger ring gauge, resulting in good cigar with a more robust and complex flavor profile that’s perfect for both seasoned aficionados and those looking to explore the world of premium cigars.
Production and Availability
The introduction of the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars might lead you to question their production and availability. Crafted with a Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador, Nicaraguan binders, and fillers, these cigars are made at the esteemed My Father factory in Nicaragua, ensuring superior quality and meticulous craftsmanship. The precise blend of the cigars is kept confidential, adding to their distinctive appeal.
We’ll delve into the details of the production and retail availability of these exceptional cigars in the subsequent sections.
Regular Production Line
The new vitolas, Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille and Tatuaje 20th Grand Chaseur will continue as part of Tatuaje’s regular production line, meaning they will be consistently packaged, rolled, manufactured and available for purchase. Tatuaje bases their decisions on characters and concepts designed by Pete Johnson, the founder of Tatuaje. These cigars usually have larger sizes and come packaged in boxes.
The Grande Merveille retails for $13.00 per cigar, while the Grand Chasseur retails for $14.00 per cigar. With their superb quality and unique flavor profiles, these cigars are sure to become a staple in the collections of cigar enthusiasts worldwide.
Factory and Rolling Process
The rolling process of Tatuaje cigars is renowned for its handcrafted nature and the utilization of premium Nicaraguan tobacco fillers. The cigars are constructed at the esteemed My Father factory in Nicaragua, guaranteeing superior quality and meticulousness. The main artisans involved in the cigar rolling process at My Father Cigars are the Class-A rollers, who work diligently to create each cigar by hand using carefully selected tobacco leaves.
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binders, and fillers, with the Grande Merveille measuring 6⅛ inches long by 46 ring gauge, and the Grand Chasseur measuring 6⅜ inches long by 54 ring gauge. The cigars are scheduled to ship by August and have a suggested retail price of $13.00 per single cigar for the Grande Merveille and $14.00 for the Grand Chasseur.
Shipping and Retail Availability
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars are available for purchase from various retailers, both online and in-store. The Grande Merveille cigar retails for $13 and the Grand Chasseur cigar retails for $14. The cigars are expected to ship in the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye out for their arrival at your favorite cigar shops.
Major retail outlets selling Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars include Thompson Cigar, Atlantic Cigar, Famous Smoke, Small Batch Cigar, Holt’s, and Best Cigar Prices. Additionally, cigars can be purchased online from Smoke Inn, Cigar and Pipes, Famous Smoke Shop, Atlantic Cigar, Luxury Cigar Club, Cigar God, and Thompson Cigar. The cigars are also available internationally for those eager to experience the exceptional flavors and craftsmanship of these Tatuaje anniversary cigars.
Tasting Notes and Pairing Suggestions
Having discussed the production and availability of the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars, we’ll now examine the tasting notes and pairing suggestions for these extraordinary smokes.
We’ll delve into the flavor profiles of the Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur in the upcoming sections, along with recommendations for pairing these cigars with beverages to elevate your smoking experience.
The Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille offers a captivating blend of flavors, including:
- Warm toasty
- Dark chocolatey
The Habano wrapper imparts a complex aroma with notes of vanilla or coconut, which complements the earthy flavors on the palate. Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan binders and fillers provide a harmonious blend of earthy and spicy flavors, further enhancing the cigar’s overall flavor profile.
On the other hand, the Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur offers a bold and satisfying smoking experience, with a medium to full-bodied strength. The well-aged, premium Nicaraguan tobacco provides a flavor profile that includes notes of earthiness, deep dark coffee, and a smooth tan Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, evolving throughout the smoke.
When it comes to pairing the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars with beverages, there are a variety of options to consider. The Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur can be enjoyed with drinks such as zinfandel, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and tawny. For food pairings, consider options like chocolate, cherry, and charred meat to enhance the flavors of the cigar.
The Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille and the "Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur", as well as the Bon Chasseur, can be enjoyed on any occasion; however, they are particularly well-suited for:
- Celebrating special events or milestones, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or accomplishments
- Leisurely evenings
- Social gatherings with friends and fellow cigar aficionados
Collector's Corner: Packaging and Presentation
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars are bound to impress those who value the art of a good cigar, packaging and presentation. We’ll examine the design elements that distinguish these cigars in the market in this section.
Box Design of the Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur and Grande Merveille
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigar box features a black band design reminiscent of the 10th Anniversary box, with the ‘10’ identifier replaced with ‘20’ to mark this momentous milestone. The cigars are packaged in 20-count boxes, available in two sizes: Grande Merveille (6⅛” x 46) box and Grand Chasseur (6⅜” x 54).
Although the materials used in the construction of the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigar box remain undisclosed, the sleek and elegant design is sure to catch the eye of collectors and aficionados alike.
Cigar Bands and Wrappers
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars feature a similar black band design, representing the brand’s identity and commemorating this important milestone. The cigars also have an unfinished foot, adding a touch of uniqueness to the presentation.
Wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano Seed wrapper, the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars offer a range of flavors, including:
- a hint of sweetness
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is thick, rich, and oily in structure, with scarcely visible veins, and a toothy/grainy texture, further showcasing the stellar quality of these cigars.
In conclusion, the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars, with their exceptional craftsmanship, rich flavor profiles, and elegant presentation, are sure to become sought-after smokes among cigar enthusiasts. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Tatuaje or new to the brand, the Grande Merveille and Grand Chasseur offer an unforgettable smoking experience that truly celebrates the legacy of Tatuaje Cigars. Don’t miss the opportunity to add these remarkable cigars to your collection and raise a toast to the next 20 years of Tatuaje’s continued success!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the two new vitolas released for Tatuaje's 20th Anniversary?
Tatuaje's 20th Anniversary was marked by the release of two new vitolas, the Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille and Tatuaje 20th Grand Chasseur.
Where are the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars manufactured?
Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars are crafted at the renowned My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
What is the flavor profile of the Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille cigar?
The Tatuaje 20th Grande Merveille cigar has an array of flavors, including spice, roasted coffee, earthy leather and a subtle hint of ginger snap. The Nicaraguan binder and filler of these cigars are made from tobacco that Pete Johnson has carefully aged.
What type of beverages are recommended for pairing with the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars?
Enjoy the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars with a glass of zinfandel, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, or tawny.
When will the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars be available for purchase?
The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary cigars are expected to be available for purchase starting this coming Monday, so keep an eye out for their arrival in your local cigar shops.