Two of the hottest cigar companies on the planet celebrate 10 years of great cigars this year. Don Pepin Garcia has gone from unknown to the top now making cigars for many of the largest cigar companies around.
Don Pepin Garcia Cigar Brands
Don Pepin Garcia’s brands include My Father, Don Pepin Garcia, Flor de las Antillas, and La Duena to name a few. Brands Don Pepin Garcia make for other companies include Tatuaje, San Cristobal, and La Aroma de Cuba.
Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje Cigar Brand
The Tatuaje cigar brand and Pete Johnson’s success parallel that of Don Pepin Garcia. They have boomed together. Tatuaje is now one of the largest and most well known boutique cigar brands in the world. Pete Johnson is recognized as one of the most creative minds in the cigar industry. Johnson is constantly developing blends and marketing campaigns not seen before.
The month of May marks the precise month in which Don Pepin opened up his small factory in Little Havana and began rolling for his first customer, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje. Fast forward to present day, they have grown side by side and have become two of the most respected and well-known companies of the cigar industry.
In commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of Don Pepin Garcia and Tatuaje, both companies have come together to celebrate this special date in Miami, Florida on May 4th, 2013.
In the short time he has been on his own, Pepin Garcia has moved from a relative unknown to a major name in the “boutique” brand arena. In addition to his own brands, he has blended and makes several others for various companies. His skill as a master roller has often been recognized. Pete Johnson said that his unusually adept skill is evidenced by the fine construction of the cigar.
Beginning of Tatuaje Cigars with Don Pepin Garcia
The first brand Pepin made on his own was Tatuaje for Pete Johnson, and after this brand received high ratings in Cigar Aficionado magazine, Pepin was suddenly in great demand and many people wanted a Don Pepin brand. The tiny Miami factory was unable to keep up with the growing demand, and it became necessary to open a second factory, Tabacalera Cubana, in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Tatuaje was the first brand that Don Pepin made on his own. The first Tatuajes were released in 2003. In the October, 2004, issue of Cigar Aficionado (CA), the Tatuaje Cabinet Especiales was given a rating of 90. The brand continues to get high ratings.