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Review of La Jugada Habano Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

La Jugada Habano cigars from MoyaRuiz Cigars are made at Erik Espinosa's La Zona cigar factory in Nicaragua with a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, proprietary double binders, and Ecuadorian Habano wrappers. These cigars are available in several sizes including the Toro (6 x 52) that was sampled for this review. Boxes of 20 Toros are priced at around $138, for an average of just under $7 per stick.

The cigar began with a medium-to-full bodied peppery and sweet flavor that continued for about 10 minutes. After that point, the cigar became less peppery, but still had a very noticeable natural sweet tobacco taste along with some toast and cream. About 15 minutes later, the flavor was still sweet and creamy with just hints of spice in the background, but the cigar's strength was becoming more noticeable, though not overwhelming. What impressed me the most was that the cigar's natural sweet taste lasted throughout the entire smoke, and not for just a few minutes like some other cigars.

It took me 75 minutes to smoke the La Jugada Habano Toro down to just over two inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a very good draw, held a long ash, and had an even burn. No relights nor touch-ups were needed. I rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. This would be a good cigar to try if you really like naturally sweet tobacco flavor. However, be advised that the strength component makes this particular cigar less appropriate for newer cigar smokers.



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