Tatuaje pays homage to Hemingway and the Culebra. Pete Johnson creates a Culebra and a lancero in the Fausto blend and with that, he’s bringing back the Old Man and the C. In 1951, Ernest Hemingway wrote “the old man and the sea”, an award-winning short novel and now a piece of classic American literature. Johnson changed sea to c, which stands for Culebra.

Old man and the C

In 2012, Tatuaje released an undisclosed number of boxes of the Tatuaje Black. Each box contains a Tatuaje Black Lancero and a Culebra in the same blend. Culebra, Spanish for snake, are three cigars twisted together. There are several stories on the origin of the Culebra, including the most shared one that each roller in Havana can take three cigars home each working day. And to prevent theft, these cigars need to be unique shapes. That’s how the Culebra came to exist. But that urban legend is unconfirmed as other sources claim the shape originates in The Philippines. 

Next month, 10.000 of the boxes are coming to the market. In the strongest of all Tatuaje blends. The Fausto line exists since 2012, yet the blend comes from 2009. The Hawaii exclusive Tatuaje T110 stems from that year. The cigar was so sought after that Tatuaje turned it into a regular production under the Fausto name.

The Tatuaje Fausto has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The Lancero size isn’t new to the brand, as the Tatuaje Lancero Sampler has the Fausto Lancero as one of the 10 cigars in the sampler. Yet there has never been a Fausto Culebra.

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