PCA 2022: Rojas Cigars | half wheel

When Noel Rojas debuted at the Guayacan booth during the 2013 IPR Convention and Trade Show, there was a buzz about him for a number of reasons, not least the fact that he owns and operates his own factory called Tabacalera Aromas de Jalapa. Over the years, his business has undergone some significant changes, including the renovation of an old movie theater in Esteli, Nicaragua and its conversion into a Rojas cigar factory.

At this year’s PCA show, Rojas not only showcases the latest version of the popular KSG Lancero— KSG In the name it means The king of small scales—but also an addition to the Street Tacos series and a new line of four vitolas.

In terms of actual company booth space, Rojas Cigars and Stolen Throne Cigars sit next to each other in identical wood-panelled carts handcrafted in Nicaragua. The space is well defined and there is plenty of room to roam, while multiple seating areas have been strategically placed for maximum comfort.

Rojas KSG Lancero
The Rojas KSG line will get the third edition but only its second new size; After the line debuted in April 2020 in a 7 1/2×38 Lanchero, this size was released exclusively for the Privada Cigar Club. It’s back now but will be available to any Rojas Cigars retailer. The name of the line is an acronym for King of Small Gauge, and future versions will only come in vitolas smaller than a 50 ring gauge. The mix centers around tobacco that Noel Rojas purchased in 2019 from Somoto, a lesser-known growing region northwest of Estelí near the border with Honduras .

  • casing: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • stuffing: Nicaragua
  • Rojas KSG Lancero (6 1/4 x 42) – $14 (box of 10, $140)

Production: 1000 boxes of 10 cigars (total 10,000 cigars)

Release date: July 2022

Rojas Taco Carnitas Street

A follow up to Rojas’ Street Tacos Barbacoa line released last March, Street Tacos Carnitas is named after Mexico’s version of pulled pork. According to Rojas, the line will eventually have three distinct blends.

  • casing: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • stuffing: Nicaragua
  • Rojas Street Tacos Carnitas Robusto Box-Press (5 x 50) – $8.50 (Box 16, $136)
  • Rojas Street Tacos Carnitas Short Corona Box-Press (5 1/2 x 46) – $8 ($16 box, $128)
  • Rojas Street Tacos Carnitas Toro Box-Press (6 x 50) – $8.75 (Box 16, $140)

Production: regular production

Release date: July 2022

Rojas’ unfinished business

According to Rojas, this new line is among the first to be rolled at his new factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. In keeping with his theme of focusing on smaller ring gauges, Rojas will be releasing in four sizes, no more than 50 rings thick.

  • casing: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • stuffing: Mexico and Nicaragua
  • Rojas Business Unfinished Mareva (5 1/8 x 42) – $7.50 (box of 16, $
  • Robusto Unfinished Works by Rojas (5 x 50) – $8.50 (box of $16)
  • Toro Unfinished Works by Rojas (6 x 50) – $10.50 ($16 box
  • Rojas Unfinished Business Corona Gorda (6 x 46) – $9.98 (Box 16, $

Production: regular production

Release date: July 2022

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. Documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started Cigarette Blog in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photos and more in-depth information on each edition. Smoking Stogie has quickly become one of the most influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing pre-production, demo cigars, and rare, hard-to-find and very expensive cigars. I’m one of the founders of Halfwheel and now work as an editor for halfwheel.

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