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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.

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Cigar Dojo – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 4

"When taking into account Tatuaje's collection of core-line cigars, combined with their notorious penchant for regionals, limited editions, and seasonal blends, it's surprising to find a new addition to the regular lineup that still manages to set itself apart. On the other hand, for a brand that sp...

7 Good
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Blind Man’s Puff – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 1

"This was a nice smooth/mild smoke that I could see reach for some more in my local B&M. It would be a great cigar to pair with coffee or as your first smoke of the day......it could even be a dessert smoke if you wanted." -Mickey T. (irratebass)

9 Extraordinary
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Casas Fumando – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 3

"It’s not often that I find shade wrapper cigars venture into the medium/full arena and whenever I do it seems those cigars become the basis in which I compare all shade wrapped cigars on. The Tatuaje Negociant did just that. It’s bold, flavorful, and burns like a dream yet still holds onto what a t...

9 Extraordinary
Cigar Coop

Cigar Coop – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 2

"I find the term collaboration one to be over-used in the cigar industry. My definition is when two parties, typically from separate companies get together, roll up their sleeves, and develop a cigar from the ground up. As mentioned up-front, I’m really not sure how much the Négociant Monopole falls...

7 Good
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Leaf Enthusiast – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 3

"I have to admit that the first time I smoked this blend I wasn’t impressed; I just felt it didn’t bring anything new to the table when it came to Connecticut Shade cigars. Could be the different size. Could be the resting time in my humidor. Whatever the case, this No. 3 vitola of the Négociant was...

8 Great
Cigar Authority

The Cigar Authority – Tatuaje – Négociant Monopole No. 3

"Different is how I would describe the Negociant. It’s milder then anything Tatuaje has offered to date, and having smoked all three sizes today, the Belicoso is the smoothest of them all. I feel the cigar could benefit from some aging, but it as enjoyable regardless. It’s something a Tatuaje or L’a...

7 Good

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