JC Newman

August 28, 2016

MoyaRuiz Dim Mak (5 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Dim Mak – The Death Touch is the third limited edition cigar to be released by MoyaRuiz Cigars. The limited editions from MoyaRuiz have all had a common theme – they have been a tribute to the Cigar Dojo community. MoyaRuiz has attributed the Dojo community to much of its success it has had. As such, each of the limited edition cigars have had an Asian or Martial Arts theme. With the Dim Mak, MoyaRuiz has said that given the pending FDA regulations, this could very well be the last limited edition it releases. This is an outstanding cigar and continues what has been a very strong 2016 for the company owned by Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz.

Dim Mak refers to a mythical martial arts technique, which is said to cause delayed death due to a single blow by the hand (thus the name “The Death Touch”). It typically is used by grandmasters as a last resort when death becomes the only option. This theme has what MoyaRuiz calls a “not-so-subtle message to the FDA and their overbearing regulations.

Dim Mak has the most traditional look of the three limited edition releases. The first limited release was 2014’s La Jugada Nunchuck, for which the company received a patent. What is unique about this release is that it joins two cigars with a fuse similar to an actual Nunchuck. This was followed in 2015 by the,The Chinese Finger Trap – a somewhat controversial release incorporated the novelty game theme.

Dim Mak incorporates an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. This is the first MoyaRuiz cigar to utilize Dominican tobacco. As with all MoyaRuiz cigars, Dim Mak is made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Zona)

Vitolas Available

The Dim Mak will be produced in one size – a 5 x 54 Robusto. The cigars are packaged in ten count boxes with total of 700 boxes produced.

The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.

The cigar also has a triple cap.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The cigar has a dense feel but the draw was perfect. The initial flavors at light up were a cream and boysenberry mix. There was a nice amount of black pepper. I rated it at an 8. This cigar produced a ton of smoke as you can see in the video review. There is almost a white chocolate flavor but I'll stick with a cream description.

About 3/4 inch in the cigar has greatly changed. This may sound a little odd but the flavors remind me of strawberry preserves. There are butter notes, some brown sugar and cream. The flavor combination is very nice. There is black coffee at the base. The flavors are full flavored and work well together. The cigar comes across as medium to full bodied. The finish is a nice cream with ample lingering black pepper.

At the midpoint I lost some of the buttery notes. There is still that high pitched strawberry flavor along with cream and brown sugar. The cigar is now full bodied. The pepper has moved up on the finish. There is quite a bit of lingering black pepper. The finish is still a sweet cream with some toasted notes; a toasted cream.

The cigar ended much like the previous post but I noticed here and there some dry roasted nut flavors. They were quite faint all through the cigar but at the end they came out much more. The cigar is still full bodied. The finish is unchanged. Losing the buttery notes did not ruin the cigar. I enjoyed this cigar and the strawberry-type flavors, cream, brown sugar, and coffee. The black pepper was very, very good in this cigar. I suggest you scoop these up if you find them as there were only 7000 made!

Score: 93

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