Team Cigar Review: MoyaRuiz Il Ridotto Biribi

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Cigar Details: MoyaRuiz Il Ridotto Biribi

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $8.00
  • Release Date: July 2017
  • Source: MoyaRuiz

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium brown and has a network of fine veins across it. The seams are smooth and nearly invisible while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band is very nice with black and gold along with some white lettering. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of stone fruit sweetness and hay while the foot brings a mix of faint hay and wood. The pre-light draw is also a mix of stone fruit sweetness and hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Moya Ruiz II Ridotto Biribi has a construction paper like consistency. The wrapper is a medium light brown with veins fairly well pressed and seams tight. Bunch and roll feels good as there is a uniformed give throughout with no hard spots nor soft spots. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. Nosing the wrapper tells cedar and dry barnyard. Nosing the foot gives white pepper and dry nuts. Cold draw gives white pepper, cardboard and light airy wood.

First Third

The cigar starts out with a unique profile of wood and anise. After a few draws, some cream joins the mix. At a half inch in, the mixture is working together very well. The retrohale carries a creamier mixture of the same combination of flavors. At an inch in, the cream increases to match the level from the retrohale and is pretty even with the wood and anise notes. As the third comes to a close, some char joins the wood while the anise and cream are slightly secondary notes. The strength in this third is slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third brings a flavor profile of white pepper, cardboard, dry nuts and generic dry wood. The finish is a lasting mixture of cardboard and white pepper mainly on the rear palate. Retrohaling gives deeper notes of white pepper and rich nuttiness. Strength is near medium-full and body a consistent medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the slight charred wood remains up front with the cream in the background and the anise is a little more faint than before. The anise is still a significant part of the profile in the retrohale. At a half inch in, the anise picks back up to become even with the cream note while the charred wood is still up front. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains mostly the same with charred wood up front and cream and anise as secondary notes. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third is fairly similar to first third’s flavor offering. At the core of it, the profile is still centered around white pepper, cardboard, dry nuts and generic dry wood. A citrus tang is picked up and towards the later half of the second third, there is more of a cardboard / paper overlying taste. Strength is now medium-full, and body medium.

Final Third

Getting into the final third, the charred wood increases in fullness as the cream is in the background and the anise is barely noticeable. At a half inch in, the cream and anise have completely left and the charred wood is what remains. On the retrohale, there is still some cream present, but no anise. At three quarters of an inch, the anise reappears in the background. This is how the cigar finished out. The strength remained at the slightly above medium level.

Final Third

The last third is unchanged from the second third. Still a flavor profile providing overlying cardboard / paper, white pepper, dry nuts and generic dry wood.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy and I only had to do one touch-up. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

Burn performance was overall very good. Although the cigars ash was flaky and burn was uneven, I never had to correct the burn with my lighter.

Draw

Even cutting very shallow, the draw was pretty loose. I tempered my draws to try not to overheat the cigar, but in the end it didn’t seem to pose a problem.

Overall

This is a good consistent cigar. Nothing major in the way of transitions, but the anise note was a pretty nice touch for the cigar. The final third lost some complexity, but the flavor was still good. Other than a loose draw, construction was fantastic. This is another good offering in the MoyaRuiz portfolio and one I would have no problem going back to. If you’re a MoyaRuiz or Espinosa fan, you’ll be right at home here, but if you haven’t checked out what MoyaRuiz puts out, then this is a great one to get acclimated with.

Aaron
Jiunn
Good Pre
Light
Good
Good First
Third
Good
Good Second Third Average
Good Final
Third
Average
Very Good Burn Very Good
Good Draw Very Good
Good Overall Average

Draw

Draw was also overall very good. Slightly loose for my liking but overall no real complaints.

Overall

I find the MoyaRuiz Il Ridotto Biribi to have an overall average tasting profile. The overlying cardboard / paper note was a bit mundane and didn’t work well with the other notes. The overall feel after smoking the cigar made me realize this is definitely not the best offering from MoyaRuiz. But it’s important to note this is not a bad cigar by any means (personally I don’t think La Zona makes a bad cigar). Just not quite the MoyaRuiz I am used to.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.77

Cost/Point

$1.18

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.37

Scoring System

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