Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #3 Crux Passport

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that later)
  2. Top Cigars of 2014 (more on that later)
  3. Top Cigars Released in 2014 (the basis for this list)

Like last year, the fact that the 5 reviewers live in different parts of the country and Canada (and, thus, have access to different cigars) and have vastly diverse palates, produced some interesting results. 

The #1 cigar on our consensus list showed up on 4 of the 5 total lists, the most any cigar appeared meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers. Its worth noting here that my list is not included in the Cigar Federation list as a means of remaining impartial in producing this content - I will share it after completion of the site's list.

Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the List.  In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists.  We're also trying to get the FedHeads involved. How does your list match up? Join the discussion and get involved here.

Without further adieu, I unveil #3 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #2.

#10 Warped Flor Del Valle

#9 Nomad C-276

#8 1502 Emerald Lancero

#7 Arandoza Red

#6 Nomad Connecticut Fuerte

#5 D'Crossier L'Forte

#4 Herrera Esteli Norteno

#3 Crux Passport

Crux Cigars has been taking the social media community by storm all year - generating a lot of interest in the brand and its blends. If you've followed the Crux social media channels, you've seen giveaways and factory pictures of #3 on our list - the Crux Passport.

Blended at Plasencia Cigars, the Crux Passport includes an Ecuadorian wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers.  The blend is offered in 5 vitolas: Lancero (7 x 40), Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 44), Toro (6 x 48), Half Corona (4 x 42), and No. 4 (4 7/8 x 47).
"The wrapper is a smooth, medium-brown, and it took quite a while to be able to see the seams. Such great construction. Add to that a clean pigtail cap and a closed foot, and this cigar is hard to beat, even before lighting it. The cold draw shows notes of leather and tobacco. Along with a little tingle on my tongue."
"The Crux Passport lit right up and started with a nice little spice kick, with notes of leather and wood. The retrohale has a strong spicy blast and just pours out white smoke."
"In the second third of the Crux Passport, leather moved into the forefront with the wood notes holding up the background. The spice has really picked up as well."
"The smoke production has been impressive from such a small cigar, with thick, white clouds pouring out the whole time. The ash was nice and tight, and was a smooth light grey, with some charcoal banding and spots. The ash held on for a third of the cigar at a time, with no problems, and no need to touch up."
"The construction on the Crux Passport Half Corona proved to be at least as good as the first impression led me to believe. Perfect. And the small size left nothing out, incorporating many flavors, that were always full."

You can read Jerad's review of the Crux Passport Half Corona here.
You can watch our interviews with Crux Cigars at IPCPR2014 here.
You can read our full coverage of Crux's booth at IPCPR2014 including coverage of the Passport here.
You can watch Crux Cigars on CigarChat here.
Get into the discussion and share YOUR Top List here.

EDIT: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the blend information for the passport. Thanks to Logan Drake of Crux Cigars for the correction.

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Comment by Catfishbluezz on December 17, 2014 at 10:21am
Crux rules...
Comment by Docwill on December 17, 2014 at 10:33am


Comment by Charlie on December 17, 2014 at 10:36am

Of all the Crux line....the Ninfa Natty takes the cake with flying colors! Great stick at a great price.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on December 17, 2014 at 10:54am
Total agreement here. Passport lancero is my #1 for the year. Floral notes so prominent, it was like fresh roses.

Comment by Matt Ross on December 17, 2014 at 12:57pm

Sounds like I need to track down the Lancero, Jared - I've been on a floral kick this year.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on December 17, 2014 at 1:57pm
Then you must smoke Crux cigars :)

Comment by Jason Meyers on December 18, 2014 at 12:59am

I really like this cigar! It's one of the few non cubans with a "floral" flavor profile that I enjoy.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on December 18, 2014 at 6:53am
Here you go. I don't think they're at any of the "big" online retailers (CI, Famous, etc.) but I imagine someone on this list would do online or phone orders.


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