Review: Crux Limitada Show Exclusive IPCPR 2016

This years Limitada is a new vitola in the same blend as 2015's PB5. The biggest difference is that the IPCPR 2016 wasn't available to just anyone. It was only available to retailers who attended the show and made an order of $1000 or more. So, this makes it hard to get production numbers and makes availability spotty.

Crux IPCPR 2016 Show Exclusive

Size: 5 x 52

Vitola: Box-Pressed Robusto Extra

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Engañoso

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

MSRP: N/A

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by: Crux Cigars

Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system

 

Prelight: Milk chocolate is in the forefront off the wrapper, with notes of hay and cedar in the background. The foot has nice sweet notes of fudge, hay and tobacco, which carry over into the cold draw. The cold draw is smooth, with a dry, creamy profile of cedar and semi-sweet tobacco.

Smoking: The first third is quite interesting. Up front there is a dry, muted mix of citrus, cedar, and sweet tobacco. This flavor profile makes up the first third of the IPCPR 2016, and the burn is razor sharp with a tight white and gray mottled ash.

The second third is similar to start, but there are some changes. Although the citrus is still fairly strong, there is an oak note starting to take over. In the end they meld together to create a very unique profile. The finish is smooth and creamy, while the burn and ash remain spot on.

In the final third I find that the wood finally breaks through. There are undernotes of citrus and spicy cedar, with a spicy, creamy finish. I also get these random sour-type notes, but they are not the bad type of sour. It’s a satisfying sour wood note which is comparable to the way a sour mash note is good.

Construction: The IPCPR 2016 Limitada had perfect construction and I never had to relight or correct the burn. A sharp burn left behind a solid, uniform ash.

Final Thoughts: Another solid offering from Crux, even given that it is simply a different vitola of the PB5. The flavor profile is a bit different. It’s hard to rate a cigar with a limited and restrictive distribution such as this, but….Under normal production numbers I would rate this as a fiver, but given the availability and 10ct box:

Rating: 94 AKA "Box Purchase"

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