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Crux Limitada PB5 Review
“When one comes across an outstanding wrapper leaf, even in a limited amount, it begs to be used. Regardless of the number of cigars produced. Thus we offer the Crux Limitada. A series of limited released cigars based upon the love of exceptional tobacco. Unique and well worth the effort.
We secured a limited amount of this amazing Engañoso wrapper three years ago. As time passed and we launched our first sticks in 2014, our thoughts returned to this still aging treasure. Smokey and savory, the blend is a result of a meticulously marbled construction of just the right binders and fillers. The final cigar was a result of hard work, hours of development, and a suggestion from a friend and fellow cigar manufacturer. Distinctively superior, the maturity of flavor makes this cigar a truly special release.”
Co-owners Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers of Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, Minnesota, launched Crux Cigars in early 2014 after two years of development.
The announcement of the Crux Limitada PB5 was made in July, 2015 and first shipments went out in March, 2016.
Only 5,000 cigars will be produced and packaged in boxes of 10. All 500 boxes are pre-sold. A new size will be added to the line each year.
The Crux Limitada PB5 will be available in one size:
5 3/4 x 54 box-pressed toro
A well-rolled cigar, the Crux Limitada PB5 has a matte, medium brown wrapper with a few veins. The box press is somewhat subtle with soft-rounded corners. Primary band is black with the Crux logo and LIMITADA on silver. PB5 is in white on the black secondary band.
I am getting pepper just from the smell of the wrapper. Pre-light draw is very earthy with green pepper (vegetable, not spice), molasses sweetness, and lots of nice raisin.
An initial bite on the light, but it has dissipated a half inch into the PB5. Initial flavors are leather, oak, a subtle sweetness of raisin, and just a bit of pepper. The draw is perfect. At this stage, the Crux Limitada PB5 is on the low side of a medium smoke but full of flavor.
CRUISE CONTROL BURN
Ash is firm and the burn line is a bit uneven with with a little retouching with the lighter. Burn line has remained perfect throughout the rest of the smoke. Draw is just firm enough to avoid fast burns but not too firm to make it difficult to smoke.
The pepper has ramped up somewhat from the light start, but the sweetness is doing a nice job of balancing out the flavor. A lingering raisin sweetness and pepper bite on the palate. Retro-hale delivers a pleasant malty smoke with just a little pepper bite.
Over two inches in and the Crux Limitada PB5 really hit its stride. Smooth, mellow, a nice blend of flavors, and just plain enjoyable. Ash, by the way, is still handing on almost three inches into the PB5. And, resting the cigar on the ashtray, it finally broke loose. The same exact experience on the second cigar, but this time I got a photo of it just before the ash fell off.
The sweet aspect is moving into a caramel note from the raisin quality. Oak, leather and earth are still present with a nice cocoa blending into the mix.
The malt that I just love in a cigar is now coming in right on the draw versus just on the finish. Burn line is maintaining a near perfect edge with no touch-ups or relights required. And the Crux Limitada PB5 still maintains firmness to the roll, which is amazing.
The pepper is ramping up to a minor degree with a slight bite on the tongue. Malt is now present right on the draw with leather, a charred oak, caramel, and some milk chocolate creaminess. There is another nice transition in flavors, even in the final third, without the introduction of harshness.
The rolling of this cigar is spot on. An easy draw, a firmness that holds up after lighting and warming up. This is one well-made cigar.
The strength mellows into a nice medium as the cigar really hits its stride in the second third and stays there for the balance of the smoke.
- Light Pepper
- Oak transition to Charred Oak
- Raisin to Caramel transition
- Cocoa & Milk Chocolate transitions
I enjoyed the transition of flavors in the Crux Limitada PB5. That, for me, creates a great cigar and a wonderful cigar experience. Getting the roll right brings a cigar even closer to a perfect experience. On first light, I would not have predicted the mellowness and flavorful blend that was to come. Just wait for that notable shift in overall profile from the first third to the second third. And again in the second to final third.
Flavor transitions from third to third are excellent and very distinctive. The Crux Limitada PB5 just gets better and better as I smoke through it.
Both cigars were very, very consistent. In fact, exactly the same.
When you are not looking for a super-pepper smoke but instead want a well balanced, flavorful and pleasant cigar, the Crux Limitada PB5 is what you want.
Cigar purchased from: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigars
Cigars Smoked for review: 2
Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.2/10
Rating System: 9.0-9.5 Great– above and beyond most cigars in flavor and construction. No draw issues, no softness in construction and complemented with complex flavors. Cigars of this rating really have to perform in all aspects and, well, wow us. A definite buy.
Size: 5 3/4 x 54 Toro
Wrapper: Habano-seed Engañoso from Estelí
Binder: Connecticut broadleaf binder
Filler: Combination of five different tobaccos from Dominican & Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Rolled at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua