Even though it’s not a huge space, LUJ Luxury Cigars’ booth managed to stay quite busy, so much so that I had to stop by a couple of times just to be able to speak to Luj Olyuyeba without interrupting meetings with retailers.

Oluyeba focused on new sizes this year, though he might be making an announcement in the coming days about a line becoming a store exclusive and possibly expanding a bit.


LUJ Chateau Robusto

The LUJ Chateau gets a new robusto vitola, making it the third size in the line along with a Corona (6 x 46, $11.50) and Toro (6 x 54, $13).

  • Wrapper: n/a
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: n/a
  • LUJ Chateau Robusto (5 x 50) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular production

LUJ Edida

In March, LUJ Luxury Cigars announced that it was giving its Edida line a third release, though it would only contain one vitola, and a new one at that: a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto. Now, the company has two more sizes coming back into availability, the Toro (6 1/2 x 54, $10.50) and Corona (6 x 46, $9), sizes that have not been available since 2013. The line was initially released in 2011 and is being made at Tabcalera El Artista in the Dominican Republic.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Pennsylvania, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
  • LUJ Edida Corona (6 x 46) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • LUJ Edida Toro (6 1/2 x 54) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)

Launch Date: Currently shipping

Production: Regular production

LUJ Coffee

After showing it off last year as a teaser, LUJ has its own pair of coffee lines now widely available. The LUJ Cerro Prieto comes from the Dominican Republic and is $20 for 12-ounce bag, while the LUJ Mt. Meru is from Tanzania and is priced at $24 for a 12-ounce bag.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.