Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Vitola: Toro (6 ¼ x 52)
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.
Purchase Link: Crux Epicure
Crux Epicure Review - Oregon
Summary: This cigar is filled to the brim, meaning it is super firm and the Connecticut wrapper is showing many of the bumps in the binder leaves. With a bit of the cap clipped off, the draw is a bit more restrictive than I like. The cold draw is offering dry hay, some cinnamon and light coffee flavors. Pretty standard fair but I’m sensing something hiding in this one... just cant flush it out in the cold draw.
Torched up and this one is interesting immediately. Cedar, cinnamon, sugar cookie and a small amount of pepper spice roll out the gate. The retrohale features that same sugar cookie and a fair amount of pepper spice as well. This cigar has an absolutely razor sharp burn line and is billowing smoke. So much for the restrictive draw concerns. Mellow is becoming the name of the game in the middle of this smoke. Every flavor has a really creamy feel to it. Soft cedar, baking spices, light coffee and a very mild pepper spice all seem to flow in and out of the mix.
Later in the smoke the cigar starts hitting floral notes and finds the cedar moving towards oak. The sweetness has really subsided but the cedar and leather notes are working in unison perfectly while the rest of the profile remains unchanged except for the disappearing act of the pepper spice.
I have to mention, this cigar had a razor char line from start to finish. Also, the ash didn’t drop until nearly the 1/2 way mark of the cigar. Additionally, it produced just a ton of smoke throughout the experience.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this you probably like feel good movies featuring obscure actors.
Pairing Suggestion: I’d pair this with a latte at sunrise or a sweet highland scotch like Dalwhinnie in the evening.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Man, I’m tempted to say 5er just because Connies can be hit and miss but I hafta say boxworthy. This cigar performed as well as many of my already favorite Connecticuts... loved it.
Crux Epicure Review - Wisconsin
Summary: This cigar gave me notes of cedar, creaminess, butter, honey, cashew, lemon, toasted marshmallow, hay, black tea, salt, and plenty of sweetness.
Construction-wise, the draw was right on point and the burn didn't need any attention at all. Hard to complain about that.
Want a really interesting flavor in this smoke? On the finish, look for butter pecan ice cream. You'll taste it.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like 'em smooth, sweet, and creamy, but not a mild noob cigar - you've got a winner.
Pairing Suggestion: Lemon tea.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Grab a fiver to start with.
Crux Epicure Review - California
Summary: Slightly loose draw. Peach tea on the cold draw. Blasted in the face with pepper and rose. Cinnamon joins the party, but left brown sugar at home. An inch and a half in and orange zest keeps things up rolling. The pepper has faded. I’m not a huge connie smoker, but so far I’m appreciating the complexity even with what I would consider “light” flavors. Ash and burn are on point.
Second third and finally some sweetness. Cranberry sauce. St. Germaine! This is a floral smoke for sure. Ash held on beautifully for another three inches.
There is some cocoa powder in the final third. Didn’t see that coming but I’m not complaining. Other than that the complexity has died down somewhat. I have full confidence that the ash will hold on all the way to the nub. And it does.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Hammocks in the summer shade.
Pairing Suggestion: Red ale.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver. Solid daytime smoke.
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