Tatuaje’s Nuevitas collection is technically a new offering for 2018, but the name may be familiar to some of the brand’s earliest devotees. This is because Nuevitas was one of Tatuaje’s oldest offerings, being produced until 2007. The line is among the most unique from Tatuaje, as the original Nuevitas (and Nuevitas Jibaro) mark the only Tatuaje cigars to ever be rolled outside of the García family’s collection of factories. This is not to say the line didn’t have any connection to the Garcías, however, as Nuevitas was originally made at Pedro Martin’s Tabacalera Tropical in Nicaragua (where José “Pepín” García was once involved, before opening his My Father Cigars factory in Estelí).
At the 2018 IPCPR, company owner Pete Johnson reintroduced all three Nuevitas cigars, including both the Nuevitas and two sizes under an alternate blend known as Nuevitas Jibaro (described as having slightly more body than the standard Nuevitas). The cigars are heavily inspired from traditional Cuban practices, being named for a municipality in Cuba’s Camagüey Province. In addition, the blend is not only a puro but, more specifically, a García puro—mimicking Cuba’s “viejo granja” (old farm) blending style.
For the modern rendition of Nuevitas Jibaro, the cigars use tobaccos exclusively grown by the Garcías, including a sun-grown Corojo ’99 wrapper (the latter being a relatively new ingredient from the García’s farms); in addition, the cigars are now rolled at the My Father Cigars factory in Estelí. There’s something special about a well-executed puro; when done right, the tobaccos are able to highlight a given country’s best attributes, showing such equilibrium that individual flavors can become difficult to accurately pinpoint. Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro simply feels authentic, offering a medium-full body and lively flavors that never fall out of tune, including highlights of freshly cut cedar, cabinet spices, graham crackers, caramel, and orange rind.
Nuevitas Jibaro Breakdown
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitolas: 2
- Price: $9.00 – $9.50 (MSRP)