On a special Thursday night edition of Smoke Night Live last night, featuring Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars for the first time, Pete revealed that he will be introducing a followup to the fan-favorite Tatuaje Mission Pipe Shop CQ1 cigar in 2019.
In Cigar Dojo’s interview with Pete, he referred to the cigar as “CQ2,” which is slated to feature the same 5¾” x 52 belicoso format, 10-count packaging, and the cigar’s original blend (or as close to the original blend as possible). When asked if the CQ1 (a favorite blend for members of the Cigar Dojo staff) had ever been incorporated into another project, Pete concluded that it had not (although he divulged that the shop-exclusive “The W” was the closest in overall blend makeup), but that the blend would be fully revived for the first time with a limited allotment of 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars.
Pete also announced that Tatuaje is set to relaunch The Little Boris—a shop exclusive blend for Corona Cigar Co. that was first released in 2012—in November of this year. In fact, he plans to re-release all of the cigars he’s done exclusively with retailers, with the second batches being offered to the original retailer, as well as another 25 retailers of his choosing.
Tatuaje Mission Pipe Shop CQ1 and The Little Boris were both a part of Tatuaje’s Exclusive Series, where Tatuaje would craft unique blends and spinoffs to be sold exclusively at certain retailers as limited, one-off projects. The series was discontinued in 2016, but this recent news will allow smokers a second chance to experience each cigar blend.
The CQ1 cigar was originally released in 2013 through San Jose-based Mission Pipe Shop. Only 5,000 cigars were rolled (which is being doubled for 2019), featuring a reddish-hued Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The cigars were highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors—being a favorite on the Cigar Dojo app—and was included in Cigar Dojo’s 2016 list of 15 Cigars to Smoke Before you Die.