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Cigar Review: Dim Mak The Death Touch by MoyaRuiz

Dim Mak by MoyaRuiz
Dim Muk

The Dim Mak by Moya Ruiz deserves some background stories.

Somewhat Chinese legend mixed with some reality, Dim Mak, or the translation of Touch of Death, is a marital arts term for a secret group of techniques that are used to attack pressure points and meridians. Chinese martial artists (often a form of BAK MEI kung fu) refer to Dim Mak as strike points. The blows are said to appear minimal in impact, but result in immediate or delayed death. The origins are derived from Chinese acupuncture, which is based on a release of energy from areas of the body known as meridans. Many decades ago, I trained in a Chinese martial arts style and learned one of these techniques, the Python punch. And no, I have never tested the legend…not a good idea.

A related story of what has become legend is the death of Bruce Lee. During the filming of  Enter the Dragon in May 10, 1973, he had his first episode of seizures and headaches as a result, according to doctors, of cerebral edema due to the ingestion of hashish. On July 20, 1973, Lee complained of a headache and was given a painkiller called Equagesic. He was found dead not long after. The myth is that he was killed by a Dim Muk style strike to the head during an on-set challenge. Dim Muk? Medicine prevails here, as he had more than one episode of cerebral edema over the course of weeks, and each time it was related to his low body fat of 1% along with hashish, so he had no body fat to absorb the drug. Add to that the  Equagesic, which he had an allergic reaction to causing even greater cerebral edema and ultimately death.

MoyaRuiz Dim Mak Press Release

What does all of this have to do with the Dim Mak by MoyaRuiz? I don’t know, it just seems interesting. Well, MoyaRuiz has had an ongoing friendship with Cigar Dojo, a cigar news and review site. MoyRuiz developed a series of Asian and marital arts themed cigars over the years in tribute to the support of the Dojonation members at Cigar Dojo. It began with the La Jugada Nunchuck release in 2014 and was followed by the Chinese Finger Trap in 2015. Dim Mak is the latest, and final edition, to the Dojo-inspired series. Final edition? No! Yes, and thank you FDA once again for your insane regulations. Palm strike, knife strike, python punch, five finger strike…one finger strike.

The Dim Mak by MoyaRuiz is available in a 5×50 Robusto.

700 boxes of 10 cigars produced of the Dim Mak with a select portion set aside for Cigar Dojo members. The cigars are sold exclusively by one of the big online retailers (sorry, no plug for these guys).
MoyaRuiz Dim Mak Press Release

APPEARANCE

The label is in Chinese hànzì in a bright red on a black base with the Chinese zodiac symbol centered in the front. One of the characters is, of course, the hànzì character for Dim Mak. There are also body diagrams with meridians noted as well as hand diagrams. Study them closely, grasshopper.
Dim Muk appearance

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is a lighter brown with moderate veins, but appears to have a nice oily sheen to it. Aroma is on the sweet side with leather, cedar, and earth. Pre-light draw is also deep with earthy notes, leather, raisin and cedar.

FIRST LIGHT

Finally! That was one long, drawn out intro. I got carried away. Right from the first light, the Dim Mak is actually entering the Dojo with a mild strike (come on, you knew I was going to do some martial arts references). It is slightly sweet with some black pepper and cocoa along with lemon zest, leather, cedar, and a hint of bitter.
Dim Muk first light

 

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

The Dim Mak is beginning to palm strike me with pepper at one inch into the smoke that is working its way to red pepper that lingers on the palate. There is also a lemon zest (slightly bitter citrus) note to the finish and a bit of cocoa. Burn line is wavy, but we’ll see if it settles in on its own. Retro-hale is actually a pleasant level of pepper with a sweet raisin note to finish. The Dim Mak still has a firm feel to the roll after warm-up and the draw is excellent.

Ash is hanging on at over two inches and I just flicked it off (second sample smoked is identical and the ash is solid at almost three inches). Burn line is now auto-adjusted to a decent level (not perfect, but that’s okay). And the pepper is building with each puff. I’m thinking we’re getting to a full-on, full strength smoke from what started off as a low side of strong strength.
Dim Mak cruise

The lemon zest bitterness (which was subtle all along) is dropping off significantly, but the citrus aspect continues. The pepper lingers as does the somewhat sweet raisin note. The cedar is shifting to more of a charred cedar, matching the increase in strength.

The Dim Mak has a really nice, lingering finish and mouth feel at the latter two-thirds stage; somewhat gritty (good thing).

FINAL THIRD

The red pepper is backing off to a moderate level. It is probably more of a cinnamon bite at this stage offset by the raisin sweetness.

Dim Muk final

Python Punch

When I smell Cinnamon, I get a pepper burn with a definite sweetness. That is the development I taste in the final third of the Dim Mak. Even if the Cinnamon isn’t coming through for you, the alternative is the amplified red pepper. Either way, it is bumping up in strength and is noticeable on the burning finish. For the second time in a week, I am enjoying the final third best in a cigar. The flavors are well-rounded, the red pepper/Cinnamon is sharp but enjoyable, and the charred cedar and leather is blending nicely.

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The Dim Mak is well constructed with the firm roll holding its own even after warming up. A satisfactory self-adjusting burn line and a lingering ash confirms this is a well made cigar. Strength begins on the high medium side to low strong, progresses to strong, and finishes out at the lower end of strong.

NOTABLE FLAVORS
Dim Muk label

  • Black Pepper to Red Pepper
  • Leather
  • Raisin Sweetness
  • Cedar
  • Lemon Zest to Citrus
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon (towards final third)

CONCLUSION

Dim Muk final

The Dim Mak by MoyaRuiz is an interesting smoke with an even more incredible name with a lot of legendary history. The label and packaging are really top-notch. The not-so-sweet cocoa is staying true all the way through and never develops into something sweeter like milk chocolate. The pepper sure transitions and ramps up too. Overall, the Dim Mak is a cigar I want to smoke again. Too bad they are limited in production.

Cigars Smoked for review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rating: a Very Good 89

Size:   5 x 50 Robusto

Strength: Low Side of Strong

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
Binder:      Nicaraguan
Filler:         Nicaraguan & Dominican
Country of Origin:   La Zona Factory, Nicaragua

MSRP:       $9.90

Rob Malgieri

Rob Malgieri

Reviewer & Webmaster at CigarSmoke.net
Rob Malgieri

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