IPCPR 2016: MoyaRuiz Cigars

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There was certainly no question about how Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz felt about the new FDA regulations of premium cigars that are about go into effect; in fact, it spurred the evolution of a MoyaRuiz event-only cigar into a regular production release that helps raise funds for Cigar Rights of America.

Moya Ruiz booth IPCPR 2016

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In addition, the pair showed off a new limited edition and two new lines, one under the La Jugada moniker and one that builds on the theme of playing games.

Moya Ruiz Civil Disobedience IPCPR 2016

Civil Disobedience

Launched as an event-only cigar in June that was a response to FDA regulation of premium cigars, Civil Disobedience is now a regular production line offered to all MoyaRuiz retailers. It retains the same size, blend and pricing and a portion the sales will be donated to Cigar Rights of America.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Civil Disobedience (5 x 50) — $5.99 (Pack of 10, $59.95)

Launch Date: June 18, 2016

Production: Regular production

Moya Ruiz Dim Mak IPCPR 2016

Dim Mak

Released as a collaboration with Cigar Dojo, Dim Mak is the third—and likely final—cigar in a series that gets its inspiration from Asian and martial arts themes and includes the La Jugada Nunchuck and Chinese Finger Trap. This limited edition goes on sale via a pre-sale that starts Aug. 5 and will be facilitated by JR Cigar. Should any boxes be left after the sale period facilitated by Cigar Dojo, other retailers will have the opportunity to carry the cigar. The name means “the death touch,” and refers to an ancient technique that was said to cause death or delay death using only the hand to strike one of the body’s vital points.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Dim Mak (5 x 54) — $10.99 (Box of 10, $109.99)

Launch Date: August 5, 2016

Production: 700 Boxes of 10 Cigars

MoyaRuiz Il Ridotto IPCPR 2016

Il Ridotto

Building on the theme of naming cigars for games such as dominoes and poker, MoyaRuiz’s new line is Il Ridotto, Italian for the private room, where many games are played. “We wanted to go back to the roots of gambling,” said Danny Moya, co-owner of MoyaRuiz Cigars, “that’s where the inspiration came from, to really tell the story of gambling, which Americans love so passionately.”

  • Wrapper:Brazilian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Il Ridotto Basetta (6 x 52) — $8.20 (Box of 20, $164)
  • Il Ridotto Biribi (5 x 52) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)

Launch Date: Currently shipping in limited quantities, full release in October

Production: Regular production

Moya Ruiz La Jugada Claro IPCPR 2016

La Jugada Claro

A new, lighter offering from MoyaRuiz, the La Jugada Claro was released at the start of July to existing accounts. It’s the first time the pair have used a Connecticut wrapper, with production once again handled by La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Jugada Claro No. 1 (6 1/2 x 48) — $9.39 (Box of 20, $187.80)
  • La Jugada Claro No. 4 (5 1/2 x 50) — $8.49 (Box of 20, $169.80)
  • La Jugada Claro No. 8 (6 1/8 x 58) — $10.49 (Box of 20, $209.80)

Launch Date: July 6, 2016

Production: Regular production

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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