Team Cigar Review: Rojas 10th Anniversary

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Cigar Details: Rojas 10th Anniversary

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Rojas
  • Blender: Noel Rojas
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Rojas 10th Anniversary is dark brown and has some prominent raised veins. The seams are slightly raised while the head is well finished. The foot is partially covered with excess wrapper folded over. There are two bands, both in a purple and gold color combination. The primary band has the company logo, while the secondary band denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is dark earth with some light wood, while the foot brings a mix of cedar and cherry sweetness. The pre-light draw brings the same cedar and cherry sweetness from the foot aroma, but on my lips and tongue, there’s a weird bitterness that I’m getting.
Seth: The Rojas 10th Anniversary is a cigar that benefits in appearance from the bands. The bands are classy and look aged and refined against the wrapper. The wrapper itself is solid, but not overly impressive. Ecuadorian Habano Maduro. Chocolate maduro coloring. Small to medium sized veins throughout. Smooth and silky in texture. Oils as well. Aromas of rich earth, cocoa and spices.
John: The Rojas 10th Anniversary comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. Additionally, there is an artisanal complication of a partially closed foot. The cigar is double banded, with a Rojas primary band in gold on purple, and a similarly themed secondary band indicating 10th Anniversary. I weighed the cigar at 15.9 grams, and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 57.7%. Aromas from the wrapper included barnyard, wood and tobacco. Despite the foot being partially closed, I could still pick up on sweet tobacco.

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Rojas 10th Anniversary

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a stale, toasted cedar, and the wrapper is still imparting some odd bitterness on my lips and the tip of my tongue. At a half inch in, a light chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale brings stale, toasted cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a quarter, some light, dry earth joins the profile. At an inch and a half in, there is barely any bitterness being imparted from the wrapper on my lips and tongue, but there is now a wood bitterness that is just part of the smoking profile. As the third comes to a close, the stale, toasted cedar is a bit ahead of the dry earth, with wood bitterness in the middle and some light chalkiness in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third begins with a solid earth profile that has some cocoa and wood qualities. Chalkiness throughout. Bits of herbal spices and leather on the finish. Medium in strength and body. Very smooth with the draw.
John: The first third gets going with sweet tobacco, followed by sweet wood. Some medium baking spices work their way into the retrohale as the first third settles in. Some time later, a combination of a vegetal note and earth come into the center of the retrohale at light strength levels. As the first third continues, earth joins the post draw with some lingering baking spices. There is a tea like quality on the finish as the first third progresses. Some light plus dark chocolate develops on the retrohale, and there is some dryness to the overall profile through the first third.

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth is now even with the stale, toasted cedar up front. The retrohale remains stale, toasted cedar and dry earth. At an inch and a quarter, the wood bitterness picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the stale, toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the wood bitterness not too far behind and some light chalkiness in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third is a continuation of the first third. Dryer profile with an herbal quality. Chalk like qualities are present as well with the cocoa, wood and earth. Still has that herbal and leather finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Baking spices lead off the second third followed by earth and tea, and then dry wood to finish. As the cigar continues to the halfway point, the profile evolves to sweet tobacco with lingering baking spices through the post draw. Through the post draw, the profile consists of dry earth, wood and that same tea note. The earth and baking spices move up to medium strength on the post draw, and begin to lead off the profile as it continues. Chocolate is in the center of the retrohale at light plus strength by the halfway mark.

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Final Third

Aaron: The final third begins with a continuation of the profile from the second third. The retrohale remains stale, toasted cedar and dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the stale, toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the wood bitterness just behind and some light chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third is a continuation of the first and second. Herbal and dry. Chalky qualities with some cocoa, wood and earth. Herbal spice finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy tea gets the last third going, followed by earth as wood joins the earth into the post draw. As the last third settles in, baking spices define the center of the retrohale. The earth dominates the post draw as it moves towards the halfway mark. In the bottom half, the profile is wood forward with medium to medium-full earth finishing each puff.

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Burn

Aaron: The burn was perfectly straight throughout, with the ash holding on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Nice burn from beginning to end.
John: The burn has some minor waviness in the first third that self corrects. The cigar is wavy again in the second third and through the last third.

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Rojas 10th Anniversary

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Easy draw.
John: The draw had a fair amount of resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches towards the resistant spectrum which puts it in the average category for rating.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a stale, toasted cedar, and the wrapper was imparting some odd bitterness on my lips and the tip of my tongue. Some chalkiness joined in a bit later and then some dry earth after that. The bitterness from the wrapper went away, but a wood bitterness then joined from the smoking profile. The second third saw the earth become even with the stale, toasted cedar up front and the wood bitterness was right behind and this profile remained consistent the rest of the way. This Rojas 10th Anniversary really confused me. The flavor profile just never really got off the ground, as the flavor components were not really that pleasant. Also, with Rojas being the self proclaimed “King of the small gauge”, why this anniversary cigar is a traditional Toro. I hope the other guys had a better flavor experience than what I encountered, but as it sits, there’s nothing to bring me back to this cigar.
Seth: I don’t smoke a lot of Rojas stuff, so when I smoke a 10th Anniversary blend, I must assume I am smoking a premium offering. Something special. While this Rojas 10th Anniversary was not bad, I did not find it to be special. I also found the cigar to deliver a profile that was not what I expected, and almost Dominican or multi-blend rather than a focus on Nicaragua. It had a very open draw, which may have had an impact, but I had this chalky and herbal spice profile throughout. Different offering than expected. No way did the wrapper have much of an impact on the blend.
John: The Rojas 10th Anniversary delivered some engaging flavors in the first third and was pleasant for the remainder of the review with the standout flavor component being a tea note that was present through most of the review. The burn was wavy but never required an intervention, while the draw had a fair amount of resistance to it. I found the overall review experience to be pleasant, but for me, I don’t think the cigar did enough to make me want to seek it out again. I did appreciate that the tea flavor was not something I often get out of cigars, so it puts it into a bit of a unique category. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 5 minutes.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.18

Cost/Point

$3.59

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.10

Cost/Point

$2.94

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.65

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