The La Jugada Nunchuck is the first limited edition cigar for Moya Ruiz. The Nunchuck is set to release before the IPCPR Tradeshow and was made to honor Cigar Dojo and its martial arts theme. This will make the second cigar this year which was made in conjunction with Cigar Dojo.
If you would like to see a picture of the Nunchuck in all its glory, click here.
I have to give Nelson and Danny credit for the unique design of the Nunchuck. I give them credit, but still think they are jerks after trashing two potential names for my daughter during their last appearance on CigarChat. They indicated during their last appearance on CigarChat there was only one roller in the La Zona factory who is able to roll the Nunchuck due to the complexity of the process.
The Nunchuck will be released in boxes of ten, priced at $100 dollars per box. A total of 500 boxes are being produced at the La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. According to Nelson and Danny, the Nunchuck will be available in select retailers across the US. However, Cigar Dojo members have been told they will get the first crack at the Nunchuck when it is released in mid-June.
Since Rob and I both got samples, we figured we would give you a dual review. Enjoy!
Moya Ruiz La Jugada Nunchuck
Size: 7.5 x 52
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two per Reviewer
Price Point: $20 per “Nunchuck”
Cigar Purchased: Samples sent from Moya Ruiz
Quick Note: For this review we used my rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Logan’s Review – 86 AKA “Would Buy a Couple”
I was very surprised about how terribly the Nunchuck was rolled. I know it is a pre-release sample, but there were so many soft spots that it felt and looked like my gringo ass had rolled it. I will say the head of the cigar was better than towards the foot in terms of the roll. I confirmed with Nelson that these samples have about 60 days of age on them currently. It was very difficult for me to keep it lit. The flavors were very difficult to pick up despite the fact that I was purging the cigar as much as humanly possible.
With that being said, I will give the cigar a pass since it is fresh. Onwards to the part you really care about.
There were very nice black pepper, earth, citrus, and oak notes up front. I could quickly sense the strength in the Nunchuck. I smoked this in the morning, on a fresh palate, and the nicotine hit me right in the face. The kick isn’t as bad as Nelson and Danny made it out to be, but it is strong. I would assume that Rob is really going to struggle with the strength of the Nunchuck.
There are big notes of fresh leather and nutmeg on the retrohale, and the finish is dry cedar. There is a very woodsy tone to the entire smoke, which is pleasant, but not overly entertaining. There are hints of sweetness which remind me of candied yams. There were notes of black tea and some very faint notes of chocolate. Although, the last half of the cigar was 95% cedar notes.
Even if I take out all the issues around construction, freshness of the roll, and burn issues, the Nunchuck doesn’t really do it for me. I love strong cigars, but I don’t love strong cigars which are this size. Towards the end of the smoke I found myself wishing the cigar would be done. The Nunchuck smoked for just over two hours, which is way too long IMHO for a cigar this strong. I would rather have seen the Nunchuck come out in a smaller vitola, like a corona gorda, but this is just my wishful thinking.
The flavor profile was good, but didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. To me it was an one-dimensional powerhouse. I know the Nunchuck will most likely provide a much better experience to smokers when it is officially released, but these two samples didn’t do it for me.
I plan on buying a few and letting them age for a while. I think the Nunchuck has the potential to be a good cigar. Having triple ligero in the filler could be a thing of beauty, but it will need some time to marry.
Rob’s Review – 84 AKA “Would Buy a Couple”
The La Jugada Nunchuck is a limited release from MoyaRuiz Cigars and is dedicated to the members of the CigarDojo. Danny and Nelson were kind enough to send some of the first samples out to Logan and I so we could smoke them during our recent CigarChat (link above) with them. It turns out that Logan and I are two of the first people to smoke the Nunchuck, so I'll take that as a supreme compliment. You'll notice from the photos that the samples we received did not feature the attached pigtail caps the way they will be when they are available to the public. Nelson mentioned (during CigarChat) that all samples will be sent this way to avoid breakage. When the cigars are attached and boxed up, they should be fine, but when sending a few samples, they are sure to break.
The idea behind the Nunchuck was to create an exceptionally strong cigar. When you have a cigar named after a weapon, that decision is kind of made for you. The Nunchuck sports a Habano Oscuro wrapper along with binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Not too much is known about the tobaccos that were used, but I can say there are three full leaves of ligero in there. When you smoke it, you will have no trouble figuring that part out.
Beginning - The strength of the Nunchuck was evident in the first puff. I detect strength from that tingling feeling I get in the front of the throat. Don't get this confused with a burning or harsh feeling feeling. Anyway, I experienced that tingling on the first puff. There was plenty of hot spice on the retrohale, but the overall flavors very subtle. The early flavor profile consisted of roasted nuts and a smokey note. The main characteristic was the strength in the first half inch. After the initial barrage of power, things mellowed out for an inch or so.
Middle - The smoke production was fantastic. The burn was slow and even, but there was so much freakin' smoke! After a few inches, the Nunchuck was sitting at the high end of full strength and plateaued there. It was never overpowering, but it was freakin' strong. The reto was hot throughout, but the finish produced a note of sweet cream that I really enjoyed. Unfortunately that note played a small role in the overall profile. At the mid point I found some peaty notes that reminded me of a smokey scotch. The peaty note combined with the sweet undertone gave me something to work with, but it still wasn't enough flavor for me.
End - There wasn't much change after the mid point. The power didn't ramp up like I thought it would which was a good thing. The final few inches provided the same notes of peat and sweet cream.
Final Thoughts - I am not the target audience for this cigar. I know it, you know it, Logan knows it and Danny and Nelson know it. The Nunchuck was one of the strongest cigars I have ever smoked and I'm 99% sure that was the point. There were some decent flavors in there, but not enough to get excited about. It was basically a one-dimensional powerhouse.
So, was the Nunchuck a good cigar? I believe they achieved their goal of making an exceptionally strong cigar, but it's not for me. I would be interested to see how these smoke in a year or so. I know the strength will mellow, but I'm not sure what will happen to the flavor.