Tatuaje The Michael

Tatuaje The Michael (Photo Credit: Developing Palates)

Tatuaje Cigars owner Pete Johnson announced on social media the list of the thirteen “Unlucky Retailers” who were chosen to receive custom dress boxes of the tenth installment of his annual Monsters Series – The Michael. As the name indicates, this Monster pays homage to the character of Michael Myers from the Halloween horror movie series.

Dress boxes are limited custom-designed boxes. The thirteen retailers on the list will be authorized to sell the dress boxes. In the past, 666 boxes have been created. As in the past, Tatuaje will also make a limited production of plain (cedar boxes).  It is expected that authorized Tatuaje retailers will be able to acquire plain boxes containing The Michael, but in the past the Unlucky 13 have gotten a larger allocation.

Over the past few years, this has typically become one of the most anticipated cigar releases of the year by many cigar enthusiasts. A pre-announcement of these retailers was made to the Tatuaje Saints and Sinners clubs prior to the public announcement. The name Unlucky 13 comes from the fact that the retailers selected to carry the dress boxes often have to deal with a frenzy of consumers trying to acquire a box.

The Michael is a 6 1/2 x 52 vitola that features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. This is the third Monster installment to use an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, joining The Drac and Chuck.

The Unlucky 13 for 2017 are:

Cigar Mojo (King of Prussia, PA)
Cigar Warehouse (Plano, TX)
Cordova Cigars (Pensacola, FL)
Doc James Cigars (Shrub Oak, NY)
Gran Cru Cigars (St Louis, MO)
La Casa De La Habana (Ann Arbor, MI)
Lone Star Tobacco (Houston, TX)
Old Towne Havana (Orange, CA)
Old Virginia Tobacco Co. (Manassas, VA)
Owl Ear Smokeshop (Scottsdale, AZ)
Rudy’s (Fort Wayne, IN)
Tobacco and Hops (Goldsboro, NC)
Watch City (Framingham, MA)