The Crux Epicure Habano, rolled at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua, began shipping in June 2023. With high-quality Nicaraguan binder, fillers, and a habano seco leaf wrapper, it received overall positive reviews for its flavors and draw.
"I highly enjoyed this cigar! If you’re not blowing smoke out of your nose you’ll probably have a more boring experience. While the French Roast coffee note on the draw is nice ALL the retrohale flavors of mineral, mint, and spice steal the show. Combine that experience with great construction and this cigar is a winner. " -Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
Crux Cigars is adding a new size to their number one selling Epicure line: Crux Epicure Gordo. The new size is a 6x60. The Epicure line was introduced in 2017 at IPCPR and uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
"I find myself enjoying this more while reflecting back on it. The flavor profile was a very traditional style Nicaraguan with tobacco, cedar, leather, and pepper but it all worked very well when taken as a whole. The retrohale provided a bit of a break from the draw and even though the draw was a bit tight it was a good cigar for what it was. It's not a game changing cigar but it's a solid smoke and certainly worth your time. " -Alan (Eulogy)
"The general consensus on this cigar is astoundingly good as it checked off almost all of boxes. The construction, burn, and draw were all perfect which made for an ideal smoking experience as I did not have to babysit or put any effort into smoking. The cigar absolutely shined throughout the first two-thirds with a cadence of flavors I've yet to experience together and was not only unique but most of all quite enjoyable. Had the final third not offered such an abrupt change in flavors I would have smoked this cigar down to a nub. Once its identity is revealed I will absolutely seek it out for another round. Should the ending be rewritten I could even see this cigar being a regular in my humidor." -Noah S. (Noah)
"Overall a very delightful stick with many enjoyable profiles I lean towards. The first third was the absolute best part of this stick, while the remaining second half was pretty stagnant in terms of complexity, this is still one of the better sticks I have reviewed lately. Burn and construction were top-notch, especially for this pressed cigar. Definitely a pickup and try stick, this could be in my rotation easily." -John A. (Bostoneo)
Earlier this year, Crux Cigars announced a total rebrand for their company including new logos, boxes and bands for all their cigars. Crux showed these off at the IPCPR 2019 trade show in Las Vegas. The first phase of this rebrand includes Epicure, Epicure Maduro, and Guild blends in all their viotlas. This first phase is the portion shipping now. Phase 2 will include Limitada and the Bull & Bear and will take place later in the year.
The cigar was very good overall. Slight transitions during the smoke, which kept it interesting enough. The flavors were good and present enough that you didn’t need to search for them. I think this cigar would pair very well with coffee, so maybe a morning or early afternoon smoke. The performance was very good. I could see myself smoking another one of these.