The final cigar that Olujide “Luj” Oluyeba worked on before his passing in March 2020 is now arriving at stores.

It’s a 5 x 52 robusto vitola for the Luj Tanzania line, and uses a Dominican-grown T-13 hybrid wrapper, a Dominican piloto cubano binder, with a filler that is made up of Dominican criollo 98, Dominican olor, and Pennsylvania-grown tobaccos. It is being produced at Tabacalera El Artista in the Dominican Republic and will be a regular production addition to the company’s portfolio.

“They were sitting in the aging room when Luj passed,” said Art Payne, who now heads LUJ Luxury Cigars. He added that some were banded and smoked for Luj’s memorial, and they were so well received that he decided to put them into production. “Since Luj blended most of his sticks in a robusto, we thought let’s try a robusto,” he said.

The LUJ Tanzania dates back to 2013 when it was created as an exclusive for Up Down Cigar in Chicago. In 2016, it was released to all retailers in an 8 x 48 giant corona vitola, though limited to a production of just 100 boxes of 10 cigars.

The cigar began shipping right after the first of the year. It is offered in 20-count boxes, with single cigars having an MSRP of $12.

Images courtesy of LUJ Premium Cigars.

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