HBTC Review: Crux Limitada RedLine

Crux Cigars have gained a very loyal following in the last few years. Since the Ninfamaniac and Passport, their portfolio has grown at a steady pace to include blends for pretty much every palate. The Limitada PB5 was such a hit, they decided to expand the Limitada footprint and last year announced the Limitada RedLine. The box pressed Toro is the newest addition to the Crux Cigars family. Production has been limited to 1,000 10-count boxes.

Crux Limitada RedLine
MSRP: $11.99
Size: 6 x 50
Origin: Plasencia Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Engañoso
Binder: Broadleaf (Connecticut)
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic

The wrapper is a beautiful. almost Colorado-red color. It is even and cleanly rolled. The wrapper and foot both have aromas of dry grass and cedar. The cold draw has some resistance, but still enough to give me notes of black pepper and a barnyard mustiness.

Act I
When I fire this us, I get a nice sweetness right away that mixes well with some spicy pepper and charred wood. As it settles in, the flavors and aromas are dominated by mild coffee, some dried fruit type sweetness, and a little more of that charred wood in the background. The retrohale had black pepper in the front and a little leather aroma on the finish.

Act II
The more this cigar warms up, the more I start to get from it. The dried fruit nots dissipate and the pepper comes momewhat back to the foreground. I also get some aromas that remind me of a damp old barn. This isn’t a bad thing, just a smell that reminds me of an old barn filled with cut hay. The retrohale has some fruit notes mixed with more leather and spice.

As the cigar winds down, the flavor profile winds up. The spice levels increase into black and red pepper spice. The sweetness moves back to make room for some earthiness and an aroma that reminds me of toasted bread. The retrohale is nice and bold with barely a hint of sweetness, but it is earthy, woody, and spicy.

Truth be told, I have been a fan of many of the blends from Crux Cigars since they came to the scene. As mentioned in the Prologue, they have followed a good strategy to release a wide variety of blends to the marketplace. The Limitada Redline is one of their finest blends to date. It is complex, discernable, and easy to smoke. The strength levels are not overwhelming, but the flavor profile is complex and balanced.

Crux Limitada RedLine – How Bout That Cigar?
Rating: How Bout A Box?
Overall Score: 91
PAD: +0.0 (What is PAD?)
Flavor Summary: Dried fruit, coffee, toasted wood, spice
Strength Assessment: Medium
Source: Cigars for this review were provided by Crux Cigars

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