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Cigar Review: Crux Limitada PB5 IPCPR 2016 Special Release

Crux Limitada PB5 IPCPR 2016 Special Release

 

 

 

 

After releasing the Limitada PB5 earlier last year, Crux Cigars is announcing the addition of another cigar in the Limitada lineup that was available exclusively during the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas Nevada.

The Crux Limitada Show Exclusive 2016 is covered in the same Engañoso wrapper from Nicaragua that was used on the Limitada PB5, tobacco that was secured over three years ago and has been waiting to be blended into superior cigars.

 

 

The new limited edition is produced in only one vitola, a 5×52 box-pressed Robusto Extra packaged in boxes of 10. In addition, the limited release will also sport Crux Cigar’s exclusive Marblehead cap, a rounded cap modeled after the Cuban 109 vitola that allows for a more comfortable smoking experience.

As with all Crux cigars so far, the Crux Limitada Show Exclusive 2016 was rolled at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua, the final production numbers will be announced at a later date. The PB5 Limitada IPCPR 2016 Release is several steps above it’s little brother with an undisclosed blend of long-filler Crux Cigars

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Nicaraguan Engañoso wrapper is light brown in color almost seamless excluding the cap, there was minimal to zero tooth and vein. This PB5 is notably smaller than its big brother, box pressed at 5 x 52 it has a wide open squared foot with a signature Crux Cigar’s exclusive rounded Marblehead cap.

Two bands sit on the vitola, the main label is black carbon in color and tribal with a silver strip at the bottom. In white with a black background is the Crux dagger logo in old English font complete with a ruby jewel. Along the single silver strip reads “LIMITADA” along the back of the label is another dagger in white outline.

The secondary band is blue in color decked out in a Vegas themed design reading “IPCPR” with “2016” below. Pre light aroma had notes of sweet cedar, butterscotch and light milk chocolate. The cold draw produced flavors of woody cedar and natural tobacco.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light milk chocolate, charred toffee and caramel. Notes of citrus with nuances of orange zest. Plain wheat toast with woody notes of cedar and clove.

Black pepper is present at a mild to medium level with a ginger snap spice noted on the lips and tongue in between draws. The retro is producing full white pepper right through the nostrils evolving into flavors of raisins and black cherries.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control the warm sweet flavors are taking point. Woody notes of sweet cedar and milk chocolate with nuances of plain wheat toast. Background flavors of nutmeg with salted cashews are balancing in perfectly with the black pepper at a high medium level.

A light spice is still noted in between draws on the lips and palate with an aftertaste of ginger bread. The retro is producing medium to full white pepper evolving into flavors of dried fruit, most notable black cherries.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration the flavors have become distinctly Cuban (just my opinion) with rich nutmeg and hazelnut. Warm flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon and honey are balancing in with woody notes of sweet cedar.

Black pepper has decreased to low levels but still present adding to the long and spicy finish. The retro is still producing full white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries. The filler is listed as undisclosed but the almost black ash is very reminiscent of some of my favorite cigars located ninety miles south of Florida.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction of the Crux PB5 IPCPR 2016 “Special Release” was solid with no wrapper issues or palpable soft spots. The burn line was razor sharp on all three examples smoked for review. The draw on the vitola was wide open producing thick creamy white smoke.

The predominantly black and slightly grey ash held solid and tapped off with ease. The strength of the cigar was in the solid HIGH MEDIUM bodied range that produced an array of complex and very balanced FULL flavors that’s highly recommended. Grab them while you can they won’t last they are definitely box worthy.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Light Milk Chocolate
  • Charred Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Plain Wheat Toast
  • Nutmeg
  • Hazelnut
  • Ginger Bread/Snap
  • Clove
  • Citrus/Orange Zest
  • Black Pepper Medium/Mild
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dried Fruit/Raisins/Black Cherries

 


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 94

Size: 5 x 52 (Box Pressed with Marblehead Cap)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Engañoso

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Undisclosed

 

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