Tatuaje and L’Atelier Imports are sister brands but this is one of the few joint releases between the two Johnson-owned Tatuaje / L’Atelier Négociant Monopole No. 1.
The name comes from the wine industry. Négociants are winemakers who buy wine or grapes from other growers or producers and use it to create wines of their own. Sometimes a négociant will buy grapes and complete the rest of the process, other times a négociant could buy nearly completed wine and use it to produce their own blended wine. A negotiant may bottle the wine under his own name either as is or after blending with other wines. The term Monopole refers to an area in controlled by a single winery or wine company. The wine from this area is typically sold by one company. The two terms are appropriate to this brand.
It was back in 2012 when Tatuaje Cigars’ founder Pete Johnson launched L’Atelier Imports. L’Atelier Imports was off as a separate company from Tatuaje in which Johnson would partner with his brother K.C. Johnson and friends Dan Welsh and Sean “Casper” Johnson. For much of the first three plus years, the Tatuaje and L’Atelier Imports were kept separate. Over the past few years the separation of the two companies has been reducing.
The cigar uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Mexican and Nicaraguan binders and Nicaraguan fillers. This cigar does not contain Sancti Spiritus tobacco, the signature leaf of L’Atelier Imports.