I had the chance to stop by and chat with the guys from Crux Cigars at IPCPR 2014. The first thing I noticed when approaching the booth was the attention to detail. There was a red Swarovski crystal in the X of their name on every piece of merchandise. This draws you in and makes you wonder what else do they put that much detail into. The short answer is EVERYTHING!. Casey Haugen and Joel Rogers took the time to go through the lineup of this years releases. The stand out aspect of Crux is the packaging, its unlike any other boxing I have seen. They give retailers the choice on how to display them. One side of the box are the individual cigars. The other side is a nicely packaged 5-pack of cigars. This is genius and I know the consumer will appreciate it, hell I appreciate it and it looks awesome. They were gracious enough to provide a sample of the “Classic” which is reviewed below.
Brand: Crux Cigars
Wrapper: Habano Jalapa
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Robusto 5.0 x 50
Crux Cigars is looking to make their big entrance into the market in 2014. Co-Owners Joel Rogers and Jeff Haugen have been retailers of premium cigars for over 20 years. They are no strangers to the industry and what it takes to produce a premium cigar. The “Classic” is the third release in their debut lineup. The wrapper has a sweet tobacco scent with a light oily sheen. The band is very nice, clean cut designs with the Crux logo and a Gothic cross on the backside. Cold draw has a sweet chili pepper flavor.
Overall an amazingly flavorful cigar that has some surprising notes that I hadn’t tasted in a while. The musty wood and licorice flavors are a welcome change to the flavor landscape of cigars. I would suggest finding these at a local B&M and picking up a box or 5-pack, you will regret just getting one.