Team Cigar Review: Crux Limitada PB5 2020

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Cigar Details: Crux Limitada PB5 2020

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 5.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Engañoso
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Jeff Haugen
  • Price: $12.99
  • Release Date: May 2020
  • Source: Crux

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The soft box press of the Crux Limitada PB5 2020 is covered with a medium brown wrapper that has fine tooth and some raised veins running down the back. The seams are very smooth and nearly invisible while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The band uses the newer design for the company and this line has a black, white and gold color combination. The aroma from the wrapper is an earth forward barnyard while the foot brings hay up front with wood and earth right behind. The pre-light draw brings creamy cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Softly pressed, the Crux Limitada PB5 2020 features a lovely Colorado wrapper with some minor tooth present throughout. The wrapper sports minor veins and it is silky to the touch. I am picking up notes of cedar, tobacco, earth and cocoa.

Pre-light Experience

The Crux Limitada PB5 2020 has a chocolate brown wrapper and is box pressed in shape. The wrapper has aromas of sweet tobacco and chocolate. From the foot, I was able to pick out a bourbon sweetness.

Pre-light Experience

The Crux Limitada PB5 2020 has an oily overall Colorado Cafe wrapper with a slight red-hue tint. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar and roasted nuts. Aromas from the foot tell spicy cinnamon and roasted sweet nuts. Cold draw yields red pepper spice and cinnamon.

First Third

The cigar begins with a dry mixture of cedar and earth. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins. The retrohale brings a fuller version of the cedar, earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains a dry mix of cedar and earth with light mustiness. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins with some lovely cedar notes and it is accompanied by faint barnyard qualities with a musty profile. There are some minor cocoa notes present and it has a hint of cherries and peanuts. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is medium throughout. Very balanced.

First Third

Chocolate and dry cedar open up the retrohale in the first third. The post draw is taken up by very dry cedar right out of the gate. Mild graham cracker and baking spices move into the retrohale shortly after. The cigar continues to evolve in the first third with citrus and minerality filling out the retrohale as it settles. Baking spices move up to medium strength and mildly sour cedar comes through. Past the fifteen minute mark, chocolate pushes to the front of the profile. By the twenty minute mark, minerality is pushing into the post draw, and shortly afterwards baking spices join. By the thirty minute mark, orange citrus takes up the center of the profile. Passing the halfway point, the sour citrus becomes more defined as orange rind with cedar accents.

First Third

The first third starts with a combination of metallic minerals and creamed cherries. Roughly an inch in, the mineral note is subdued and replaced by bread and cedar. Retrohaling has spice (white pepper) showing up for the first time. In addition, cedar and roasted nuts. The finish has a subtle cedar and bread combination. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile. The retrohale maintains a fuller version of the cedar, earth and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, some char joins the cedar and has a long finish. The third finishes up with the charred cedar and earth even with the mustiness just behind. The overall profile is fairly dry. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a continuation from the first third and I am picking up musty barnyard flavors with cedar, cocoa and cherry. The cherry qualities are soft, but present. In terms of strength and body, I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body.

Second Third

Citrus rind, baking spices and dry cedar establish in the retrohale moving into the second third. There is still dry cedar and minerality in the post draw. No other evolution through the second third.

Second Third

The second third is a mix match of the first third. The profile shifts to the same metallic minerals and cedar. The softer and sweeter notes coming off roasted nuts and bread takes quite a back step. The finish has a greater cedar influence, and as a result, is mainly just earthiness and wood. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char becomes heavier. The retrohale is now lightly charred cedar, earth and mustiness. The cigar wraps up with the charred cedar, earth and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

I actually found the final third to be identical with the first and second third and while there is some disappointment in that, it is enjoyable as well. The cedar and musty barnyard qualities are great up front, and the subtle notes of cocoa and cherries on the finish is lovely. Like before, medium in strength and body.

Final Third

Chocolate, cedar and orange rind to finish take the profile into the last third. An astringent cedar defines the post draw as the last third progresses. As the cigar approaches the halfway point of the third, a toasted character finishes each draw.

Final Third

The final third is pretty similar to the second third such that it still tells a similar story (metallic minerals and cedar). Further, the profile picks up a hint of wood bitterness, which in this scenario gives character to the blend. Strength and body finishes overall medium.

Burn

The burn line was straight through the first two thirds and then slightly wavy in the final third, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in near two inch increments.

Burn

The burn throughout had its highs and lows. At some moments it smoked well and on one occasion I had minor canoeing. I had a couple touch-up moments.

Burn

The burn is straight through the review experience with the ash holding on in just over one inch increments.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Even burn, solid ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The profile was pretty average as it was focused around a dry profile of cedar and earth with light mustiness. The final third dropped down a level as the char built up. The PB5 has never really hit for me and this years Crux Limitada PB5 2020 is no different. This profile felt like it was missing a flavor component to really tie everything together. What I will say, is that the cigar did a very good job of presenting the flavors that were present and the retrohale took it up a level in regards to that, the issue is just that the profile wasn’t all that appealing to me. I just don’t see coming back to this one.

Draw

I found the draw to be slightly loose throughout. Not to my liking.

Overall

The Crux Limitada PB5 2020 was enjoyable, and it produced a nice profile, but it lacked complexity and transitioning. With that, the construction hurt the cigar in my opinion. I loved the size, and the core flavor profile was enjoyable, but I need more from a cigar to take it to the higher level. In looking at these qualities, the price hurts the cigar as well.

Draw

The draw is roughly a half notch into the resistant spectrum but well in the range of an ideal draw.

Overall

The Crux Limitada PB5 2020 was overall a pleasant experience, rating just above average for complexity and flavors. The construction was excellent. Given the limited nature of the cigar, I was expecting the complexity to be better through the second and last third, but I would smoke this cigar again if I had the opportunity. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, giving the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

The Crux Limitada PB5 2020 showed a good profile from the first third, giving a good backbone of earth, minerals and sweetness. But by the time it reached the second third, the profile became lopsided, focusing too much on earth and minerals, and neglecting the softer sweeter tones. When comparing to the cigars from 2016 using Engañoso wrapper, this cigar pales in comparison. Worth a couple to try and see how it ages, but probably nothing more than that.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.45

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$2.32

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.13

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.13

Scoring System

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  • john mackey - December 24, 2020 reply

    I have been smoking Crux cigars since they came out. I am of the opinion that for the price, you cannot find a better cigar smoking experience . Some people will find pleasure in a dog rocket. Some people like Mad Dog 20/20. I have been smoking cigars since 1980 and have never found a line of cigars more consistent in their quality.

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