A recent gift from Brad over a Cigar Stix gave me the chance to try this cigar along with a few others. Gifts for me aren’t always something that are easy to review, being that I may not like the cigar and would rather not offend. Not the case here. Delicious little stick in which I have no problem reviewing.
The La Juagada Prieto La Zona is an offering by Moya Ruiz cigars, manufactured by Erik Espinosa, of Espinosa Cigars, in his La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Jugada sports a gorgeous Mexican San Andres Wrapper, with the binder and fillers both Nicaraguan.
Construction & Pre-Light;
The cigar felt nicely packed with no soft spots. There were a few visible veins and wrapper seams and a bit of tooth to it. It gave of scents of dark chocolate and some leather notes. The foot offered more dark chocolate and also some spice. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave me dark chocolate, spice, leather and a hint of coffee.
The Jugada started off with a nice blast of dark chocolate and pepper, creating a thick smoke that coated my mouth and palate. Through a good part of the first third the flavors stayed as such. Somewhere close to the beginning of the second third gave a noticeable addition of coffee notes.
The second third saw the dark chocolate diminish slightly, and yielded to some coffee notes and pepper, the pepper now a touch milder. The flavor evolution thus far was very pleasing. Good amount of chewy smoke, and a nice zing left on the palate. Nearing the end of the second third, I began to sense some leather joining the profile.
The final third saw the coffee and chocolate fade almost totally and the cigar now offering more leather and pepper. No trouble nubbing it out as I enjoyed this cigar from start to finish.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
Flawless draw from foot to nub, no complaints from me.
The burn was the only trouble I had, at times getting a little wavy. A couple of hits with my lighter and these small problems were corrected. Really wasn’t too much of a bother, but you know me, I don’t like leaving anything out.
The ash was nice and strong, yet at times looked a bit flaky. It did hold on for at the least a little more than an inch to inch and a half.
My first run with Moya Ruiz cigars can be categorized as a successful one. The flavor, draw, and presentation of the cigar were all very much quality, and from what I’ve seen on Cigar Stix the price point is right on as well. Get a few for your humi and I’m sure you’ll be happy with them. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan