Team Cigar Review: Crux Limitada Redline Toro

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Cigar Details: Crux Limitada Redline Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Engañoso
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Jeff Haugen
  • Price: $11.99
  • Release Date: March 2019
  • Source: Crux

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Crux Limitada Redline Toro has a rectangle press with a wrapper that is medium brown and has some green spots. There are some visible veins but are well pressed and the seams are easily visible due to being slightly raised. The head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the Limitada line while the secondary band is red with white lettering and silver borders. The font on the secondary band has an old school car look to it. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of damp wood and light barnyard while the foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and white pepper. The pre-light draw is primarily graham cracker with some spiciness that is present on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The Crux Limitada Redline Toro has a wrapper that isn’t as pretty as its previous renditions of Nicaraguan Engañoso. Wrapper has a rustic slight reddish hue with a couple unfermented green spots and blotchy darker brown imprints. Construction looks and feels good as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even with a proper give and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give vibrant cedar and minerals. Aromas from the foot give more expressive cedar and nuts. Cold draw tells cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, black pepper and a light creaminess. At an inch in, the wood has become more defined as oak and the black pepper has mellowed a bit. The retrohale has the black pepper up front and gives a nice zing while some creaminess is present in the background. As the third comes to a close, the oak remains up front with the cream right behind. The black pepper is in the background and has a long finish. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third’s first inch or so is great with flavors of inviting red pepper spice, raw cut cedar, rich nuttiness and hay. Past that point, the profile settles down to namely red pepper spice and cedar. Retrohaling gives more red pepper spice (but not overbearing) and nuts. The finish is slightly dry with a long and lingering cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the oak remains up front while the black pepper has increased to become even with the creaminess. At three quarters of an inch in, the oak gains a toasted component. The retrohale shows toasted oak and light creaminess. At an inch and a quarter, some char joins the toasted oak. As the third comes to a close, the char has taken over the toasted component of the oak while a mellow cream and black pepper are in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third has the nuttiness come back as well as gives hints of coffee beans. The profile however still mainly red pepper spice and raw cut cedar through and through. Strength moves up to medium-full and body stays medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred oak is up front and the cream has morphed into mustiness while the black pepper is very faint. At a half inch in, the char has increased dramatically, drowning out all of the other notes. The retrohale consists of a lightly charred oak and slight mustiness. As the cigar comes to a close, the charred oak still dominates the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The last third loses out on some complexities such that it is now just red pepper spice and cedar. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. Just a couple light touch-ups. But aside from that, the cigar burned cool, ashes slightly flaky but really a non-issue and 1.5 inch average ash retention.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar started off well with wood, later defined as oak, cream and black pepper. Some toast joined the oak and was later taken over by char which dominated the final third. The char in the final third was pretty overwhelming and caused the cigar to finish on a significantly down note. I’m not sure if time will help smooth out the final third, but if it does, it will help an already good cigar become better. The Crux Limitada Redline Toro was a nice riff on the Limitada line and has me looking forward to other iterations. I’d have no problem smoking more of these and would urge others to check it out.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Average
GoodFirst
Third
Good
GoodSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawVery Good
GoodOverallGood

Draw

The draw was slightly loose but still considered very good.

Overall

Whenever I read Crux using their signature Nicaraguan Engañoso wrapper leaf, I know I’m in for a treat based off how much I enjoyed the original PB5 and IPCPR Limitadas. For the Redline version, I felt as if the cigar was more spice forward (red pepper spice and cedar) and didn’t have as well melded of a formula as the OG PB5 and IPCPR Limitadas. But overall, it is still a good cigar and worth checking out.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$1.88

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.83

Scoring System

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