Noel Rojas, owner of Rojas Cigars in Richardson, TX may or may not be a name you are familiar with. If you know Noel, you know he has been in the ciagr industry for a quite a number of years. Maybe you have enjoyed a Guayacan cigar or perhaps an Ezra Zion, Stolen Throne, Nomad, or Ohana. These were all made by or in collaboration with Noel.
Between 2019 and early this year, Noel has released three new blends – KSG, Bluebonnets, and Statement. I recently received some samples of these new blends to review and today I want to focus on the Bluebonnets cigar.
Released in Decmber of 2019, the Bluebonnets has a blend described as:
- Wrapper – Ecuadorian Corojo
- Binder – Nicaragua Corojo
- Filler – Nicaragua Corojo
Hand crafted at Tabacalera Flor de San Luis S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Bluebonnets is expressed in six vitolas and come packaged in 20-count boxes and have an MSRP set between $6.99 – $9.99 per cigar:
- Lancero (7 1/2 x 38)
- Toro (6 x 50)
- Robusto (5 x 50)
- Mareav (5 1/8 x 42 )
- Corona (5 1/2 x 42)
- Torpedo (6 1/2 x 50)
For this review, I sampled the Rojas Cigars Bluebonnets toro.
The Rojas Cigars Bluebonnets is a well constructed cigar that has a smooth dark brown wrapper with a just a few noticeable veins. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots detected and finished with both a well applied triple cap and a semi finished foot.
Two bands adorn the Bluebonnets. The primary uses the company’s standard band that proudly displays their logo in gold on a black background. There is a thin blue band, just under the primary, that declares this as the Bluebonnets blend in a gold lettering.
Running the Bluebonnets along the nose, I was treated to a sweet and fermented leaf note along the barrel but did not get much off the foot.
I clipped the cap right along the shoulder with a Zikar double blade cutter and gave it some cold draw puffs that demonstrated a fine draw. There was a slow growing pepper note. As I rolled it about a little more I started to pick up a black licorice note.
With the preliminary exam out of the way it was time to get the journey into full gear. I used my triple flame torch to warm the foot, which took to the flame well with its semi covered foot. Once the foot was glowing orange I drew in the first puffs of sweet and pepper smoke. Follow along as I burn the Bluebonnets to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Initial light offers a delicate sweetness along with a rich pepper notes on the nose
- Smoke is full volume, right from the first puff and thick and creamy in texture
- Light grey white ash forms on top of a slightly jagged burn line
- Berry notes wrapped in a cream nuance join the mix
- Touch of coffee fills out early profile
- Ash fell with a nice burn cone on top of a wavy burn line
- Slight medicinal note enters for a short while
- Light spice nuance enter
- Sweetness grows moving through the second third
- Maple Syrup aroma wafts off the foot
- Dark chocolate nuances appear midway
- Savory spice and nut enters deep in the second third
- Medium strength
- Total Smoking Time was a long 1 hour and 50 minutes down to the nub
Overall, the Rojas Cigars Bluebonnets Toro was a fine cigar that offered a balanced flavor profile. I especially enjoyed the berry, dark chocolate, and cream notes. It did have a slight medicinal note early in the burn but then morphed nicely into a sweet and spicy treat. Construction wise, it had a fine ash cone and just a slight wavy burn. This is worth picking up a five pack of. I rate this a 92.
Point Deductions: (-1) Wavy Burn; (-1) Slight Medicinal Note early