When you wake up in the morning and just think to yourself, man I really want some tacos, but also a cigar, you can look no further than the Rojas Breakfast Tacos series. This is a spin off series to the original street tacos line offered by Rojas and like all their cigars, they hold true to the king of small ring gauge. They are a fun small vitola coming in at 4 1/2 x 42 Salomone with 3 different wrapper offerings, Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, Ecuadorian Sumatra, and Mexican San Andres.
Under the Lid
This little cigar has a fun look and feeling to it with a nice big band and fun vitola to make things exciting. The band is a beautiful gold background color with an orange and black skull wearing a sombrero and a fun mustache. The breakfast tacos name is printed clearly below the skull in a nice bold black font. Because of the short vitola the band covers around 1/4 of the cigar but still looks nice and proportional. The wrapper has a nice light brown smoothness to it with minimal veins and very clean wrapper seams.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Vitola: 4 1/2 x 44 Perfecto $6.00 (bundle of 30 for $180)
Factory: Rojas Cigar Factory
Release Date: March 2023
Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
Number of cigars smoked for this review: 3
Prelight draw had notes of tart cherry, mild herbal quality, and mild pepper that tickled that back of the throat. The draw on all of the samples were on the tighter side during the pre light draw, most likely due to the nipple that decreases the surface area of the foot of the cigar for air to come in. The wrapper and foot both smelled of mild manure and barnyard.
First third: On light up the Breakfast Tacos opened up with creaminess, generic sweetness, mild pepper, cedar, and a mild bitterness. The finish holds the bitterness a bit, but the profile is not drying in any way, if anything it’s causing a bit of salivation. As the first third develops, the creaminess holds strong with the sweetness transitions into a mild honey note, there is still cedar that devlopes a mild char, and a green bell pepper flavor plays on the palate lightly. By the end of the first third there is a solid core of cedar, green bell pepper, light char, and a mild honey. The retro consistently supplies a depth of pepper, and a mild sourdough bread note.
Second third: The second third opens up with a bit more of a char note with the cedar, and the pepper becomes a bit stronger on the palate, the sweetness is fading quite quickly off the palate. As the second third develops the char becomes a bit more intense and drying on the palate, and the wood note alongside pepper are the main core flavors being picked up. By the end of the second third the profile becomes a bit musty and muddled. The retro offers some red pepper and more cedar.
Final third: The final third continues to be charred cedar forward and is quite drying on the palate. Every so often there is a mild sweetness that enters the profile but nothing consistent. It becomes a bit hard to pull much out of the profile due to it muddling. Retro still offers red pepper and cedar.
Core flavor notes throughout the smoking experience were cedar, pepper, and some honey like sweetness coming in and out of the profile.
The cigar started out nicely for the first inch or so but quickly lost a lot of complexity and balance and started to muddle, become slightly hot, and overall become quite drying on the palate. There were no relights and minimal touch ups needed for any samples but all samples started with quite tight draws and I needed to cut the cigar a few times to find the right draw. One sample had an almost impossibly tight draw but luckily opened up eventually for me to finish the cigar. Due to the vitola being so small I tried my best to take slow draws and slow down my frequency but i still found the cigar becoming a bit too warm. Overall it lost points in draw, and flavor due not holding that nice complexity the cigar started out with.
I would try a single
-The breakfast tacos is the second iteration in the taco series by Rojas
-Sources list the cigar at different ring gauges from 42-46
-Rojas uses the same core band for the street tacos and breakfast tacos series
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Average smoking time: 46 minutes
Mitchell Santaga – Product Reviews and Content Creator
Mitchell Santaga started his journey into tobacco in 2010 by trying different flavored and machine-made cigars while enjoying a handle of Jack Daniels. Shortly after that he yearned for a more premium experience and dove headfirst into pipe tobacco that his local tobacconist blended.