Earlier this year, MoyaRuiz Cigars announced their first limited edition. The cigar would be called The Chinese Finger Trap, and while the news of a new cigar was appealing, it became even sexier when the packaging was revealed. The company announced limited pieces of information on the cigar, and when it came to the blend they did not disclose a single piece of information. In fact, they said the blend was an "ancient Chinese secret." What is interesting about the blend being described as an "ancient Chinese secret" is that China has the first recorded anti-smoking movement. This dates back to 1639 when Emperor Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty issued a ban on tobacco throughout the empire. If you think that is bad, the ban itself was so severe that "tobacco addicts" would be executed by the government. It wasn't simply illegal, it was punishable by death. To top that off, five years later the law was expanded and in 1644 the empire now had the right to execute any who were in possession of tobacco. (If you think CRA and Glynn Loope are not accomplishing anything right now, imagine how effective they would have been in 17th century China.) Enough of the cruel words and hysterical history, let's take a look at this cigar.
Cigar: The Chinese Finger Trap
Factory: La Zona Cigar Factory
Ring Gauge: 50
Production: 1,000 boxes of ten (10,000 cigars)
With one of the most perfect and tight triple caps I have ever seen, The Chinese Finger Trap is rolled perfectly and is firm throughout. The cigar has a lovely coloring and it is a Natural coloring, showcasing some aged wood that has absorbed some rays over the years. There are some oils present and it is smooth in texture, showing few veins throughout. The wrapper has an aroma of subtle sugar, sweet spices and tobacco, and the foot is giving off notes of caramel, cream, sugar, sweet spices and raisins. There is this rum raisin vibe going on in all honesty.
The cigar opens up very well and it is delivering a balanced and enjoyable flavor profile. I am picking up some sweet tobacco notes, and it has a nice peppery spice profile with that. There are some cinnamon touches as well, and it has a nice caramel and sugarcane profile on top of that. I am picking up some cedar and vanilla bean notes with that, and it is medium-full flavor profile offering. I would classify the body and strength as being somewhat medium-full as well, and this is my type of cigar. The construction thus far has been excellent and it is showing an even burn line with a nice firm charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool as well, and it is producing a nice bit of smoke with each puff.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find that it continues to deliver the flavor profile from before, and it is a great flavor profile. There is a nice sweetness present, a tobacco sweetness and that of caramel and sugar, and it is accompanied by those nice pepper and cinnamon notes that have a sweet quality as well. There is a nice tobacco and cedar flavor profile with the cigar as well and it is a blend I can really get behind. Overall, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level for flavors, body and strength, and this is a cigar I could have as the first of the day or the last. The construction remains perfect throughout and it is delivering that even burn line with a solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool while producing a nice amount of smoke, and this is the best finger trap I have been involved in.
I am in the final third of the cigar and I am finding that there is a nice bit of transitioning going on with the cigar. The sweetness is not as present in this third as it was in the first and second, and it is delivering a more spicier flavor profile. it has a nice bit of cinnamon and pepper, and it is paired with that wood and tobacco flavor profile. There is a touch of creaminess present on the finish, and it is showing that vanilla bean flavor again as well. The cigar continues to smoke at a medium-full level for flavors, body and strength, and it is enjoyable to the end. The construction remains perfect throughout the final third and it is showing an even burn line with that solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool to the end, and it produces a nice bit of smoke till I put the nub down.
The Chinese Finger Trap is a solid offering from MoyaRuiz and I can really get behind the blend of this cigar. It is actually a blend I would love to see in regular production and that is because I would turn to it quite frequently. It is simply a flavor profile that I love in a cigar. With that being said, if they made it regular production after having it released as a limited edition I would be quite unhappy and make a scene about the release. The flavors were complex and balanced, and while there may not be an abundance of transitioning throughout each third, it is a very enjoyable cigar. The construction was absolutely dead on and I find that is the case with everything coming out of La Zona. With a great price point on top of all of those qualities, this is a limited edition that I would get a box of to smoke. They may age well, but they are so tasty right now that I would smoke through them quite frequently. I give the cigar a solid 90 rating, simply tasty!
Rating: 90 AKA "Box Purchase"
*Cigars for this assessment were provided by Espinosa and MoyaRuiz Cigars.