JC Newman

September 05, 2022

Rojas KSG Lonsdale (6 1/4 x 42)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

At this summer’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, Noel Rojas released the third installment of his KSG line, and in keeping with the line’s name being an acronym for King of the Small Gauge, it’s a a 6 1/4 x 42 lonsdale.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, while the binder and fillers come from Nicaragua, with the blend built around tobaccos grown in the Somoto region of Nicaragua that Rojas purchased in 2019 and has been saving for use in throughout cigars in the KSG series. Somoto is one of the country’s lesser-known growing regions that is about 55 miles northwest of Estelí, close to the border with Honduras, but one that has been gaining increased attention in recent years.

The cigar is made at the Rojas Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, and will be limited to 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars, a total run of 10,000 cigars. Pricing is set at $14 per cigar and $140 per box.

The Rojas KSG debuted in April 2020 with a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero, and then a second release that was an exclusive for Privada Cigar Club, which was the same 6 1/4 x 42 vitola as this release.

The cigar is dark and well made. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet apricot, brown sugar, creamy nutmeg, and leather. There was black pepper rated at 7. Nice start.

At the first third (20 minutes) the apricot notes are quite pronounced. There was still brown sugar, creamy nutmeg, and leather. The leather is not intrusive. The finish is light apricot and leather with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar is very good in the first third. I rated it 94.

As I moved through the second third (43 minutes) the notes are about the same. The apricot and leather are about even. The brown sugar is nice and the nutmeg glues everything together. The cigar is medium bodied, leaning toward medium to full. The finish is unchanged. The cigar continues to be very good. I held the score of 94.

The cigar lasted 59 minutes. I still had the same nice apricot/leather combination with brown sugar, nutmeg, and now light cinnamon sprinklings. The pepper is holding at around 7. The finish is unchanged. Rojas proves again they know small rings. I held 94 for the final third. Look for this one. It's worth it.

Overall Score: 94

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