In 2019, Noel Rojas, owner of Rojas Cigars based out the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area aligned himself with Tabacalera Flor de San Luis S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua to create 3 new cigars, KSG, Bluebonnets, and Statement. We reviewed the Bluebonnets last month and today we take a look at the Statement.
Released in September of 2019, the Rojas Cigars Statement has a blend described as:
- Wrapper – Mexican (San Andres)
- Binder – Nicaraguan
- Filler – Nicaraguan
The Rojas Cigars Statement is expressed in four different vitolas, each packaged in 20-count wooden boxes:
- Toro (6 x 50)
- Robusto (5 x 50)
- Corona (6 x 46)
- Lancero (7 x 38)
MSRP ranges from $6.50 – $9.99
For this review I sampled two Rojas Cigars Statement Coronas, which I received from Noel for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.
The Rojas Cigars Statement Corona is a lighter than normal San Andres wrapped cigar that has a well defined vein structure through the leaf. It is has a light oil sheen and feels solid to the touch. A triple cap and closed foot finish the presentation.
The cigar is adorned with two bands. The primary is the standard Rojas logo in gold on a black background. The secondary band, which is now common on Rojas cigars, is a thin black band with the gold word “Statement”.
As I ran the cigar along the nasals I picked up a pre-light aroma of fruit off the foot and a mildly pungent note along the barrel.
I sliced that cap straight across the shoulder and gave it some cold draw puffs that had a decent restriction and offered notes of peppery spice and and a mild earthy note.
With the pre-light much to my liking I reached for my double flame torch to warm the foot, which took to the heat well, with the closed leaf covering. I drew in the first puffs of nasal opening pepper to start the journey. Follow along as I burn this one to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Peppery burst to the nose right off the first puff
- Fruit and toffee enters as the pepper pulls back
- Ash fell revealing a flat but centered burn cone
- Maple syrup aroma wafts off the foot
- Slightly jagged burn
- Light spice joins the mix
- Well balanced set of fruit, spice, and toffee flavors
- Spice increases with a dark chocolate nuance deep in second third
- Mild wave in burn again but never needed a touch up
- Spice maintains down to the final
- Medium to full
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 20 minutes
Overall, the Rojas Cigars Statement Corona was a quite pleasant cigar with a solid core of fruit, spice, and toffee flavors. Construction was solid carrying a solid ash between falls. The burn line was decent with just a slight jag through the journey. This is one I would say is box worthy and you can get them at The Underground Cigar Lounge online. I rate this a 94.
Point Deductions: (-1) Mild wave in burn; (-1) Flat Burn Cone
Bonus Points: (+1) Consistent and pleasurable across multiple samples; (+1) Box Worthy