Cigar Review: The Rake by MoyaRuiz Cigars

Cigar Review: The Rake by MoyaRuiz Cigars

Moya Ruiz Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 60
Strength: full to very full
Price: $11.50

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Overall Rating: 9.0

Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz have fast been making a name for their boutique company with a string of quality (La Jugada Prieto) and innovative (La Jugada Nunchuck) cigar releases. Their latest release, The Rake is something different for the company, while still keeping in line with the company’s past releases. With a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and filler that includes four types of ligero, The Rake is a tasty full bodied cigar that will definitely please seasoned cigar enthusiasts. Like almost everything coming out of the Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory, The Rake by MoyaRuiz is a very good cigar,


Pre-Light: The Rake by MoyaRuiz features a great looking Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. A bit bumpy with many small veins, The Rake’s wrapper has a nice oily sheen to it. The stone, steel and iron colored band simply says “The Rake” on it. There’s something about the band that calls to mind images of Brooklyn; possibly it’s the colors of the band, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.


There is a very mineral like scent to the wrapper, that is hard to otherwise explain. Earthy aroma to the unlit foot with hints of cocoa and spice. The cold draw is almost too loose (even for a 6 x 60) And doesn’t allow much flavor through other than a hint of powdered cocoa.


Burn: The draw of The Rake Vig is extremely easy, even considering it’s large ring gauge, and may be a bit too easy. A massive amount of flavorful smoke comes through the cigar. A nice light grey ash clings firmly to the cigar, and could win a an ash contest. The burn is a bit jagged, but it never gets out of hand or needs correcting.


Flavor: The Rake begins with pepper and coffee notes. What begins as an instant coffee flavor morphs half an inch in to a more fresh dark roast flavor. There’s a subtle black cherry background note to The Rake Vig at this point. Earth, cocoa and oak along with some pepper join the existing coffee flavor to round out the first third. On the retrohale there is a mellow pepper up front with mild milk chocolate behind. During the transition to the second third there is an interesting chocolate cake mix flavor. The Rake has a wonderfully sweet flavor profile. Pepper and mild spice become more prevalent on the palette during the second third of The Rake. The coffee flavor is still one of the more dominant of the flavors, but can turn bitter for brief moments. The transition to the final third sees the pepper really come to the forefront of the flavor profile. Pepper is nicely balanced by sweetness. The last third is made up of a mix of chocolate cake, coffee, wood and pepper flavors. Black pepper and coffee finish off the last inch and a half of the cigar.


Overall: The MoyaRuiz The Rake is something different from MoyaRuiz, and is way different in comparison to other cigars coming from Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is a very good cigar, that makes use of the broadleaf wrapper in an excellent way. The Rake has a flavor profile that is a great mix of pepper and sweetness. The four different ligeros used in The Rake make this a fairly full bodied cigar. While not a cigar for the novice smoker, The Rake is sure to please fans of MoyaRuiz’s other cigars. Personally, I enjoyed The Rake a good deal. After purchasing several for this review, I’ve gone back and revisited it several more times. Something about The Rake makes it feel like the kin of cigar that lends itself to being smoked in the cool air of the fall or winter. I find it quite good, and would definitely recommend it for full bodied cigar enthusiasts.


Pairing: A nice cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino will pair nicely with the MoyaRuiz The Rake. Pape’s Pilar Rum, or some other sipping rum such as Appleton Estate, Zafra 21 or El Dorado will all compliment this cigar quite well.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)