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Cigar Coop Reviews Dim Mak

Dim Mak – The Death Touch is the third limited edition cigar to be released by MoyaRuiz Cigars. The limited editions from MoyaRuiz have all had a common theme – they have been a tribute to the Cigar Dojo community. MoyaRuiz has attributed the Dojo community to much of its success it has had. As such, each of the limited edition cigars have had an Asian or Martial Arts theme. With the Dim Mak, MoyaRuiz has said that given the pending FDA regulations, this could very well be the last limited edition it releases. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the Dim Mak. If this is the last limited edition for MoyaRuiz, the company might have saved its best for last. This is an outstanding cigar and continues what has been a very strong 2016 for the company owned by Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz.

Dim Mak refers to a mythical martial arts technique, which is said to cause delayed death due to a single blow by the hand (thus the name “The Death Touch”). It typically is used by grandmasters as a last resort when death becomes the only option. This theme has what MoyaRuiz calls a “not-so-subtle message to the FDA and their overbearing regulations.

Dim Mak has the most traditional look of the three limited edition releases. The first limited release was 2014’s La Jugada Nunchuck, for which the company received a patent. What is unique about this release is that it joins two cigars with a fuse similar to an actual Nunchuck. This was followed in 2015 by the,The Chinese Finger Trap – a somewhat controversial release incorporated the novelty game theme.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at MoyaRuiz’s Dim Mak- The Death Touch and see what this cigar brings to the table.

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Cigar Coop Reviews La Jugada Claro No. 1

The La Jugada Claro is the latest regular production line by MoyaRuiz Cigars. La Jugada was the brand that started it all for the company founded by Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz. It was in 2013 when the company released its first blend, the San Andres Maduro La Jugada Prieto. This was followed up several months later by the La Jugada Habano line. With both a Maduro and Habano offering in the La Jugada line, the La Jugada Claro completes the trifecta by introducing an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade blend into the line. It is also the first Connecticut Shade cigar released by MoyaRuiz. With the La Jugada Claro heading to retailers, I recently had an opportunity to smoke the La Jugada Claro in the No. 1 (a near Churchill size offering). Overall I found this to be an excellent cigar and a unique one in that it bridges classic Connecticut Shade with contemporary Connecticut Shade.

The name La Jugada translates to “the move” or “the play”. It stems from Moya and Ruiz’s love of games such as dominoes and poker. It’s actually been some time (2013) since a regular production line blend has come to the La Jugada line (there was 2014’s limited edition La Jugada Nunchuck). In addition to the Prieto, Habano, and Claro offerings under La Jugada, MoyaRuiz also has one other regular production line called The Rake.

Without further ado, let’s break down the La Jugada Claro No. 1 and see what this cigar brings to the table.

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Cigar Dojo Reviews The Rake

In a full review and rating of the “Cut” robusto-sized vitola of The Rake cigar, Cigar Dojo dubbed the cigar “Box Worthy”, with a 91 rating!

A very different cigar from MoyaRuiz, these guys seem to offer a totally unique cigar on each and every release. There were a lot of interesting changes throughout this smoke, both in flavor and strength, which is always fun. The four ligero leaves were definitely not “too much”, with the cigar eventually verging into full strength territory, but never coming off as obnoxious. The burn was surprisingly slow, lasting around 1.5 hours for this robusto! But there were some burn issues, both canoeing and relights, we’ll see how time affects this.

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Cigar Dojo Reviews Pickle Juice

Unlike the early 20th century, most smokers are mostly unacquainted with the Candela-wrapped cigar. But brands like MoyaRuiz keep the tradition alive during seasonal releases, usually around St. Paddy’s Day, a time to experience this unusual breed. And while the cigars can often be too grassy, Pickle juice takes advantage of the La Zona factory’s knack for full-flavored smokes, providing a little extra white pepper and fuller body than usual. A fun chance to expand your palate and switch things up.

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