At last year's trade show, Crux Cigars announced that they would be releasing their first limitada. I typically don't get excited over limitadas anymore, whether they be limitadas from Cuba or to the United States, but I was interested in seeing Crux's offering. Being that Jeff and Joel "are" retailers, I think they have an appreciation for what a limitada should be. (Ten count box that is numbered and not a small vitola offering.) What makes this limitada special and true to what I believe a limitada should be is that they use proprietary tobacco in the blend. The wrapper being used is not being used by anyone else, or even on any of the other Crux releases. With that being said, it is hard not to get excite over the Limitada PB5. Let's see how it smokes!
Cigar: Crux Limitada PB5
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Plasencia Cigars
Wrapper: Engañoso (Estelí, Nicaragua grown)
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Republic
Length: 5 3/4
Ring Gauge: 54
Vitola: Box-Pressed Toro
Production: 500 numbered boxes of ten (5,000 cigars)
The Limitada PB5 is gorgeous in hand and it comes with a beautiful press. I am not a fan of cigar that are too pressed, but this soft Cuban press is perfect for me. The cap is applied well and the wrapper leaf is applied perfectly so there are almost no seems present. The veins present are minimal, if existent, and the cigar comes with a great light brown colored wrapper that has a light Colorado coloring overall. The wrapper is giving off an aroma of graham cracker, black and red pepper and peanuts. The foot is showing some earthy qualities with those intense spices and it has a creamy peanut butter like quality to it.
The first third begins by showing some dryer flavors but it is a great flavor profile that is still very balanced. I am getting some nutty qualities, lots of peanut flavors, and it is paired with this red and black pepper flavor profile. I am picking up some cedar and hay qualities as well, and it has a earthy and tobacco finish. It is a very flavorful cigar and there is a lot of complexity and depth. I would classify the cigar as being medium in terms of strength but the body is at a medium-full level and it is very balanced and working well with the flavors. The construction is top notch as well in the first third and it is producing an even burn line with a nice firm charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool and a nice bit of smoke is being produced with each draw.
I am in the second third now and the flavor profile is expanding and showing more complexity and depth. There is this new chocolate flavor present and it is pairing with some graham cracker and peanut flavors, making for this cookie like profile. There are still some pepper notes present, predominately red pepper, and I am getting some leather, tobacco and hay flavors as well. It is a full flavored cigar and with that is a nice medium to medium-full body and strength profile. The construction is top notch still and it is producing an even burn line with that charcoal ash holding onto the end. The draw is cool still as well and it is producing a great bit of smoke.
When I get into the final third, I find that the flavor profile is slightly similar to that of the second third, but it has a little bit more strength to it. It is still delivering that candy bar like quality with the peanut, chocolate and graham cracker flavors, but the return of the black and red pepper qualities balance out the sweetness. I am getting that earthy, leather and hay flavor profile on the finish and it is a smooth but dry finish. It is still that full flavored cigar, but the strength and body level have increased to a somewhat medium-full level. The construction remains perfect in the final third to the end and I am getting an even burn line with that solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool to the end and I smoke the pressed cigar down to the nub.
The Limitada PB5 is possibly the crowing achievement of Crux Cigars. I think it is up in the air between that and the Du Connoisseur line, but looking at the differences between the two it is hard to compare. The PB5 is a cigar that shows excellent construction and a great amount of smoke production as well. It smokes perfectly from beginning to finish, and the palate does not feel like it just received a beating when done. The cigar was flavor forward, and it was paired with a great medium to medium-full strength and body level. It was balanced and the flavors were never put on the back burner. I personally loved the flavor profile and it is a cigar that I could smoke anytime of the day, throughout the day. When it comes to pressed cigars, this is the vitola I am going for as well. I want something pressed that has a little bit of a larger ring gauge and is in that robusto extra to toro range. Along with that, I prefer a softer press like what is offered here to the extreme presses some companies have in place. With all of that being said, this is a no brainer box purchase. I give the cigar a 94 rating and I look forward to the new vitola being offered, next year.
Overall Rating: 94 AKA "Box Purchase"