November 19, 2016

Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead BP (6 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description take from website)
For the Crux Guild, this is a line that has a theme – namely it pays homage to the “craftsmanship and history of cigars as a hand made product which allows each person who enjoys them to be ‘United by the Leaf’.” 

For  folks who are not familiar with Crux Cigar Company, it was founded by Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, the owners of Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove Minnesota. The duo has looked to build on their experience on the retail end as they enter the world of manufacturers. The company launched a little over two years ago. Since then, the company has built an impressive portfolio of cigars. In fact, The addition of the Crux Guild brings the total number of offerings to ten – this includes nine regular production lines and one limited edition line (the PB5).

As with its other cigars, the Crux Guild is made at the Plasencia Cigar Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Placencia SA)

Vitolas Available

The Crux Guild is being launched in five sizes.

Corona: 5 1/2 x 42
Robusto: 5 x 50
Robusto Extra: 5 1/4 x 54
Toro: 6 x 50
Toro Extra Marblehead BP: 6 1/2 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY

The Toro Extra Marblehead BP differs from the other vitolas in that it is box-pressed and features a “Marblehead” style cap. Marblehead is term used by Crux for a cigar that has a belicoso-style tip that is flat at the head – similar to the 109 style cap.

The Crux Guild incorporates some of the unique packaging that has been seen across many of its other lines. The Guild comes packaged in 20 count boxes, but those 20 count boxes consist of four five packs. This gives retailers the option to sell by the box, by five packs, or individually.

The cigar is a sharp box press. The "marblehead" cap is unique and makes a nice target for making your cut. 

The test draw after cutting the bare minimum from the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a combination of a candy-line orange and strawberry flavor. There was also some brown sugar and sweet cream. There was black pepper rated at an 8. Nice start.

An inch or so in the flavors are still consistent. The only thing different is the brown sugar is elevated quite a bit. The black pepper also seems like it's moved up. The cream notes give it smoothness but it also adds sweetness. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with some influence from the strawberry-type notes. It reminds me a little of the strawberry milk we drank as kids. There is also good lingering black pepper on the finish.

Close to the midpoint there are now cinnamon and black coffee notes that are quite noticeable. The two sweet flavors or orange and strawberry are now overwhelmed by the brown sugar and cinnamon. The black pepper continues to be very good. The cigar is moving toward medium to full bodied. The finish has more pronounced cream notes.

The cigar continued consistent to the end. There were hints of slight butter but not too much. The pepper was excellent in this cigar. The cinnamon and brown sugar were quite nice. The orange flavor was still there but the cinnamon and brown sugar pretty much overwhelmed it. The strawberry notes dropped off. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. This was a very good cigar. The lack of significant richness held the score down a point or two but this is an excellent cigar that should be tried. I enjoyed it very much.

Score: 92

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