There have been plenty of art cigars in recent memory, but the latest from Cuba Rica is different—a cigar for Art. In Art Kalasho, Stephen Adib found a good friend, good enough that when Kalasho passed away, Adib and the family agreed to make a cigar in his honor.

“Art Kalasho was the brother I never had and a friend for all time,” said Adib. ” Shortly thereafter, I embarked on a two-year journey to create the masterpiece called Spirit of Art (SOA). SOA is specifically blended to Art’s exact preferences in flavor, character, and body, crafting what he would consider a ‘delicately perfect cigar.’”

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Spirit of Art uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a proprietary blend of fillers. It’s offered in three sizes SOA 52 (4 3/4 x 52, $15), SOA 54 (5 3/4 x 54, $17) and SOA 56 (6 1/2 x 56, $19). There three sizes come in boxes of 10 and Adib said he will be limiting the cigar to no more than 50 accounts.

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A portion of the proceeds from each cigar will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Kalasho’s philanthropic efforts.

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The cigars will be made at the Tabacos de Costa Rica factory in Costa Rica.

(Image via Stephen Adib)

Update (Aug. 7, 2014) — The original version of this story incorrectly misspelled the name of the cigar.

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Charlie Minato

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