The Crux Guild's wrapper is a dark, oily brown, with some good sized veins and you can see rolling lumps from the tobacco underneath. As though it was produced using a soft press, but the construction seems great. The aroma is a leather and spicy earth/tobacco mix. Quite fragrant and very pleasing. The cold draw is quite spicy and it really hits me in the back of the throat. Also, it was extremely hot outside so I smoked at my B&M and my pictures just didn't come out.
The Crux Guild is set to ship to retailers in October, in these vitolas:
Guild Corona (5 1/2 x 42, $6.99)
Guild Robusto (5 x 50, $7.99)
Guild Robusto Extra (5 1/4 x 54, $9.50)
Guild Toro (6 x 50, $8.99)
Guild Toro Extra Marblehead (6 1/2 x 52, $9.99) (box-pressed)
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Hababo
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A., Esteli, Nicaragua
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by Crux Cigars
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Jerad's Review: Rating 86 AKA "I'd buy a couple"
Beginning: I am hit with a fair amount of flavors right off the bat. The first thing I can really make out is a toasted, nuttiness. This transitioned into a savory, earth note with a mouth tingling spice. The burn started out wavy, but it corrected itself and burned just fine. Lots of smoke and a bumpy, charcoal ash, but it was solid and held on well. Good flavors and a solid medium cigar so far.
Middle: As I entered the second third, the finish became much drier. The main note here was a dry, somewhat spicy cedar, with the occasional sweetness popping in and out. Then, suddenly, that sweetness breaks through and there is a definite deep honey, almost molasses flavor. The finish is still a dry, spicy wood, but I can feel the honey notes starting to take a foothold here too. Towards the end a black pepper spice comes out of nowhere on the retrohale. This is where the strength starts to pick up and the Guild is pushing into the full range.
End: The deep, honey sweetness is still going strong here, and there is a spicy cedar tingle on the retrohale. The deep honey sweetness starts to get overpowered by an earthy wood flavor and the dryness on the finish increases. The woodiness takes on a different note here though. It’s almost like a sour wood, if that can be a thing, but it’s not the same as saying the cigar is sour. It just isn’t sweet, spicy or clean wood notes as I usually get. The strength is pushing up on the full side, and I can definitely feel this cigar, but it seems to just be at the bottom of full for me.
Final thoughts: The Crux Guild is definitely the fullest cigar I have had from their line. I though tit was the bottom of full, until about 10 minutes later, when I had to eat something. lol Wow, nic hit. Nice flavors, and strength without being overpowering though. Crux did a good job with balancing the Guild and other than a wavy burn, no issues. A little strong for my wheelhouse though, so I wouldn’t need a box, but this cigar wasn’t blended for me. It was blended for those that want more power than my favorite Ninfa can offer. ;) And this cigar has the power! Which, is the only reason I scored this low, if you like power you will love this, Such great flavor. I would be willing to bet that the corona vitola would be most excellent and definite fiver.
Surgeon's Rating: 90 AKA "Box Split"
"I rated this a box split but if you take into account the great pricing on the Corona, I could see myself having a few boxes of these."
I used a v-cut and found the draw to be right in the ideal zone.
Mild peppery spice on the first few draws. The peppery spice is a solid medium strength on the retrohale and really lingers on the tongue and lips. I find the spice is fairly complex on the retro with the pepper haing some lasting bite. The pepper does start to fade in strength as the first third progresses, and there's some fresh woody sweetness that enters into the mix. It really mellows out to a smooth creamy, woody profile towards the end of the first third. I can't get over how straight the burn line is on the ash. I do get a fleeting bit of basil that disappears as quickly as I tasted it.
Just before the Guild transitioned into the middle third I got some subtle chocolate out of nowhere. I'm getting spices and a light pepper on the retrohale in the middle third. Sweet graham cracker on the draw. Eventually the pepper on the retrohale gives way to a rich cedar with the spices tending to linger a bit. The profile eventually becomes a chocolatey cedar combination which is enjoyable.
The last third is largely a tasty and creamy cedar.
Total smoking time was 1 hour and 33 minutes.
The Crux Guild had a fantastic flavor profile in an equally fantastic vitola. I rated this a box split but if you take into account the great pricing on the Corona, I could see myself having a few boxes of these.
I could see red wine going really well with the Crux Guild. If it wasn't red wine I might reach for a sherried scotch or a nice porter beer.
Cigar Federation Group Rating: 88 AKA "5-Pack Purchase"