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Pete Johnson Tatuaje Cigars InterTabac 2017

InterTabac 2017: Tatuaje Introduces RC Series

The start of 2018 will see a few new releases from Tatuaje Cigars. First one out are three new sizes in the RC series.

“RC no 1 is 4 ¾ x 52, RC no 2 is 5.5 x 54 and RC no 3 is 6.5 x 56,” founder Pete Johnson says. “They all have pigtails and are medium to full body. They’re not over the top strong, but they have a nice spice to it. It’s more about the flavor than the strength.”

The RC series in itself isn’t new. It has existed since 2015, but only in the US.

“I have two sizes in the US, both Giant Perfectos, old school Cuban style, called Salomones and Diademas. The name stands for retro Cuban and I use the same blend in these three.”

The new sizes, however, are for the international market only.

“There’s already a lot of stuff in the US that you can’t get in Europe for instance, so I figured it would be nice with something unique for the international market.”

Later this spring Johnson will come out with two more cigars, La Petit Église and Clos L’Église.

“They’re a bit more dramatic and they include pelo de oro tobacco grown by the García family. Their bands are more embellished and regal looking.”

And why not, considering he’s been working on them for five years.

“It was the pelo de oro that made it for me. I realized that’s what was missing, and since there’s a limit to how much the García’s grow, they’re both going to be limited editions.”

Pete Johnson Tatuaje RC Series

Simon Lundh

Since graduating with an engineering degree in surveying in 2005, Simon Lundh has preferred to follow a profession in journalism. He stumbled upon the cigar world while working for a non-governmental organization in Estelí, Nicaragua, and is now mainly making a living writing about cigars, metal music, tattoos, and travel.


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