Cigar Review: La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto

Cigar Review: La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto

La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto

Size: Robusto (5″ x 50)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Price: $8.00 msrp

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Grade: 9.0

La Jugada “Prieto”, a new brand that launched at the end of 2012 by longtime friends Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz, is one of the latest cigars to utilize the Mexican San Andres  Maduro wrapper.  The “La Jugada” or “Move” is named as a tribute to the game of Dominoes, which the founder of the company are known to enjoy.  The La Jugada line is rolled at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

As many of you know, I really enjoy the San Andres wrapper.  Case in point would be my nonstop love affair with the Ortega Serie “D”,  however there are plenty of cigars that utilize this wrapper that I am not a fan of.  My personal taste is when the  San Andres wrapper cloaks a combination of Nicaraguan long filler, and the “Prieto”, or “Dark”, by Moya Ruiz Cigars fits that profile to a “T”.  So with that said, I was definitely interested in smoking this blend when I first got it.  Now that the cigars have been out for a few months, and I’ve certainly smoked my fair share, I figured why not light one up for a review!

But enough about that let’s toast the foot?

Pre-Light:  (1.8) The first thing that catches the eye on “Prieto” is the band.  For an initial launch, Danny & Nelson created a striking band that catches the eye, especially when you consider how dark the wrapper is, and boy is that wrapper dark!  Dark, toothy, with a few prominent veins, classic Mexican San Andres Capa…yum!

Construction appears solid.  Seams are tight, and there is a well applied triple cap.  There is also a foot band with the words “Hecho En La Zona” telling the consumer where the cigar was made.  Honestly, not that big a fan of the foot band, but that’s just a personal aesthetics thing and has no bearing on anything!

The scent off the foot is fairly mild with oak, cedar, and spice through the nose.  A clip of the cap and a quick pre-light draw and there is a faint oak and earthiness to the cold draw.

Burn: (1.7)   The burn on the “Prieto” starts off a little jagged early on.  Draw is effortless. The burn straightened out for a stretch, but later in the smoke I found myself having to touch it up to keep it straight,  The white ash holds past the inch line.  The “Prieto” is a slow burner which is a plus in my book as it adds a little time to the cigar.  The “Prieto” did get a bit hot at the end and made me shorten my time puffing on the nub.

Flavor:  (2.7)  At first light the “Prieto” starts off with a delicious dark chocolate and dark roast coffee as the two most dominant notes;  There is just a little spice that hits at the tip of the tongue.  As I progress through the first third I pick up mild notes of charred pepper and a little more spice on the edges of the profile.

Smoking into the second third and the dry dark cocoa note is at the center of the profile.  There are fluttering notes of espresso going in and out of the profile.  The smoke is thick and chewy in texture, but smooth and creamy to the palate.  There is just a slight cedar and a lot of cocoa when passing though the nose.  The finish on the “Prieto” is very clean which enables the you to get a really good feel for the taste of the smoke without any lingering from previous puffs.

The “Prieto” burns through the final third much the same way as it opened up.  Dry cocoa, with hints of espresso.  A little more earth and oak in the last third.  As I get into the nub a gentle pepper steps up into the profile.

Overall: (2.8)   The “Prieto” by La Jugada is a fantastic opening act by the team of Moya & Ruiz and one of my favorite releases so far from Erik Espinosa’s new factory.  The smoke, while not the most complex, is incredibly smooth, creamy, and full of the cocoa and espresso notes.  The blend really lets the sweet characteristics of the San Andres wrapper stand out.  The “Prieto” by La Jugada is an excellent medium strength, full bodied, full flavored smoke that is ideal for any occasion.  There has been a spot for the “Prieto” in my rotation since the first time I had one, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Total: 9.0