The third release of the Emilio LJZ line is on its way to stores, and for 2021, it has a new lonsdale vitola.

That vitola measures 6 1/2 x 42 and has an MSRP of $10.50. It’s the third size in the line, joining the 5 x 52 robusto and 6 x 50 toro, which are priced at $10 and $11, respectively. All three sizes come in 20-count boxes, with the cigars produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. Each size is limited to just 300 boxes.

The Emilio LJZ line uses dual Nicaraguan wrappers to create a barber pole design, one of which is a habano seed and the other of which is simply described as a sungrown leaf. The binder is a Nicaraguan habano leaf, while the filler comes from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It debuted in 2017 but has undergone blend changes since its debut, as the original blend featured Ecuadorian habano for the wrapper and binder.

“This is a highly anticipated release for Emilio,” said James Brown, owner of Black Label Trading Co. and Fabrica Oveja Negra, via a press release. “LJZ received many high ratings last year and we are excited to get it back on the market. As with last year, we have combined a natural and a sun grown habano wrapper. This blend has a lot of complexity with a little spice. Baking spice, cedar and cocoa are the prominent flavors in this well balanced, medium bodied cigar.”

The new Emilio gets its name—LJZ—from both the initials of the company behind it, L.J. Zucca, and the man behind the company, Louis J. Zucca. Black Label Trading Co. has been producing and marketing Emilio Cigars since the two companies announced a merger in January 2019.

Shortly after this story was published, production numbers were disclosed and added to the story.

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