At this summer’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, Noel Rojas will release 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.

Rojas told halfwheel that he is expecting to begin shipping the cigars to stores during the trade show, as they are currently scheduled to ship to his U.S. office on July 1. The PCA Convention & Trade Show runs from July 8-12 in Las Vegas.

Image courtesy of Rojas Cigars.

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