In April of 2014, Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of Tobacco Grove, revealed their newly founded cigar company: Crux Cigars. With it, they released their first two cigars: Ninfimaniac & Skeeterz. They debuted their newest line of cigars, which included the passport, at the 2014 IPCPR show in Las Vegas, NV.
Here is a little bit about the company, via the Crux Cigar website (www.cruxcigars.com):
â€œAt Crux Cigars, we believe cigars build friendships and community uniting people from all walks of life. They allow people to relax from the stressors of life and sort out the challenges we face. Cigars allow us to celebrate the moments that matter most. Cigars reward us for our successes and help us accept our failures.
This is why we are committed to building premium cigars of the highest quality and value. Each of our blends are developed with skill and craftsmanship that we hope you will agree, result in a great smoking experience.
As cigar smokers, we have a passion for cigars and what they bring to our lives.
As manufacturers, we strive to develop new cigars for the underserved markets and service our retail partners with the greatest respect.
We invite you to join us on our journey.â€
Vitola: No.4 â€œMarbleheadâ€ (4-7/8 x 47)
Factory: Plasencia Cigars, S.A.
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Appearance: The Crux Passport boasts a beautiful, oily, milk chocolate brown wrapper with even seams and a well constructed â€œ109â€ style cap.
Pre Light: The cold draw provides notes of dates, honey, and cedar with just a hint of spice. The draw itself is somewhat restricting, but allows for a good pull.
First Third: The first third of the Crux Passport offers a unique flavor profile of almonds, black pepper, and subtle cherry with leather on the finish. Additionally, notes of oak, espresso, and cinnamon spice are found on the retrohale. This cigar stands right between a medium and full body with moderate strength during the first third.
Second Third: As the first third comes to an end, there is a bittersweet chocolate note that is making its way to the party along with a citrus note in the second third. Nutmeg becomes the prominent spice along with a touch of black pepper. The subtle cherry note fades away and allows the almond note to work very well with the bittersweet chocolate and nutmeg spice notes with the citrus note acting as a great compliment.
Final Third: By the final third, much of the bittersweet chocolate and citrus notes have faded, creating a rather bold smoke. Leather is the prominent flavor in the final third accompanied with white pepper, cedar, and tobacco with a bit of cinnamon on the lips. Although the flavors grew bolder as the cigar progressed, it remained at a moderate strength until the end. The construction was consistently solid throughout, with the ash falling every inch and a half or so and leaving a fairly even burn line.
The total smoking time for both cigars smoked for this review averaged 71 minutes.
Overview & Closing Thoughts: In all, the Crux Passport No.4 “Marblehead” was a great cigar. It had a very pleasant combination of flavors which all worked well with each other, great construction, and good body and strength. It is encouraging to see this level of quality coming from boutique cigar manufacturers and I anticipate whatâ€™s to come from Crux and other boutique manufacturers as the boutique market continues to grow.