Say it! “La WHO gah dah”.
That’s right, by now consumers should know how to pronounced it. Moya Ruiz announced the original La Jugada in Late October of 2012 and the line has increased over the years. At this years IPCPR the company introduced the latest in the La Jugada line up, the La Jugada Claro.
In the words of Danny Moya:
La Jugada Claro marks the return of MoyaRuiz to the brand that started it all. Representing the spirit of “the game” or “the play”, La Jugada is now available in a format for every smoker’s palate. This is due to a specially selected Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper—showcasing a silky smooth appearance and delicate, yet complex, flavors to match.
The La Jugada Claro blend is described as:
- Wrapper – Ecuadoran Connecticut
- Binder- Nicaragua
- Filler – Nicaragua
Like previous blends in the La Jugada lineup,the Claro is manufactured in Erik Espinsosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. That partnership has proven successful for Moya Ruiz over the years, producing quality cigars that please the palate and meet the top end of affordability ranging from $8.50 to $10.50 MSRP.
The La Jugada Claro is available in 3 vitolas each packaged in 20 count boxes.
- No. 4 (5½ × 50)
- No. 1 (6½ × 48)
- No. 8 (6⅛ × 58)
For this review I sampled the La Jugada Claro No. 4
Cigar Review Notes
- Waxy light tan and smooth wrapper
- Triple cap
- Tight packing
- Sweet hay and tea on the foot
- Cold draw had a superb grape flavor with a peppery spice
- Some times you want to chomp on a cigar this is one of them
- Slightly restricted draw to start
- Medium grey ash with a thick char line
- Toasted almond note begins the experience
- Grape entering near end of first third
- Characteristic Connecticut bitterness enters in the second third
- Delicate spice fills out the profile
- Ash fell after two solid inches
- Flavors blending well
- Bitterness fades and sweetness replaces it
- Almond come back at end of 2nd third
- Spice picks up
- Wrapper developed some decent oil through the burn
- Total burn time – 1 hour 20 min
Overall the Moya Ruiz La Jugada Claro is a welcome addition to the La Jugada line and I agree that it completes the line up of palate pleasing cigars for this line. This is an easy cigar to enjoy especially in the morning with a fine cup of coffee. A great way to start a weekend morning!