At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show Négociant Monopole, a project dubbed as a collaboration as a collaboration between Tatuaje and L’Atelier Imports was showcased at the booth shared by both companies. Now retailers have begun to see this line arrive at stores.
The term negotiant has ties to the wine industry – something both companies have drawn parallels with over the years. In this case, it is who purchases grapes juice or wine from other vineyards. A negotiant may bottle the wine under his own name either as is or after blending with other wines.
The blend itself features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a double binder – one of which is a San Andres Mexican. The filler consists of Nicaraguan tobaccos. Négociant is available in three sizes each packaged in 25 count boxes.
Back in 2012, Tatuaje owner Pete Johnson joined forces with his brother K.C. Johnson and friends Dan Welsh and Sean “Casper” Johnson to form L’Atelier Imports. For the first few years, Johnson has kept the operations of both companies separate. Over time, the two companies have gradually started doing dual events. The Négociant Monopole is the first release to jointly feature both companies.
At a glance, here is a look at the Négociant Monopole:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dual Binder, one includes San Andres Mexican
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)
No.1: 5 x 52
No.2: 5 3/4 x 52 (Belicoso)
No.3: 6 1/8 x 48
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop