Size: 5.5 x 50
Vitola: Robusto (No. 4)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Factory: La Zona
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Moya Ruiz
Prelight: The wrapper of the La Jugada Claro is soft and velvety with aromas of cream, wood, cedar spice and hints of citrus. The cold draw is very smooth, with a creamy, semi-sweet citrus note.
Beginning: The Claro starts off with a creamy, citrus profile, paired with notes of cedar and slight spice in the background. The draw is smooth and the burn is sharp. Mild in body and a bit more medium in strength.
Middle: The second third is mainly a creamy cedar and citrus flavor. With a new note of light, black pepper spice on the tongue. The finish is dry and medium in length and all around very pleasant. The burn does get a bit wavy, but it never needs correction.
End: In the final third, the cream and citrus notes fall to the background. The cedar note remains up front, along with an increase in the black pepper note. The Claro is stronger in body and strength here, nothing overpowering, but a stronger Connecticut.
Final Thoughts: Definitely a solid, Connecticut blend. The La Jugada Claro starts off fairly mild and smooth, but builds up as it goes along. By the final third, the La Jugada Claro shows its Moya Ruiz roots with plenty of strength and body for a Connecticut. A perfect Connecticut for anyone who shys away from them because of lack of strength. I originally scored this as a box-split, but it got a little stronger than I want from my Connies. Keep that in mind about my score below.
Rating: 89 “AKA” 5-pack