There have been some massive changes for Noel Rojas since his first IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in 2013. First and foremost was Rojas’s renovation of an old movie theatre in Estelí, Nicaragua, two years ago, which became Rojas Cigar Factory. Since, his two farms in the Condega growing region of Nicaragua and the Jalapa region have allowed him to accumulate more than 180,000 pounds of raw tobacco. Rojas told me, too, that 100 percent of the filler and binder tobacco in every cigar he makes is grown on these farms, as well.

As was the case for last year’s show, Rojas Cigars and Stolen Throne Cigars are located right next to each other in matching wooden-covered wagons hand-made in Nicaragua. The resulting space is well-defined, with plenty of room to walk around and among the multiple sitting areas.

In terms of new cigars, Rojas told me that he wants to concentrate on selling existing products at this year’s show, while still finalizing the details of his upcoming 10th anniversary creation that is tentatively scheduled to be released near the end of the year.

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A 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 the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.