Minnesota-based Crux Cigars has not shipped a single cigar to retailers yet, but the company is already preparing its second batch of releases.

In May, the company plans to begin shipping its Classic, Passport and Bull & Bear lines. Unlike the company’s first two planned releases for April—Ninfamaniac and Skeeterz—these three lines will feature multiple sizes upon debut.

Bull  Bear Logo

The Bull & Bear is a Nicaraguan puro that will launch in two sizes: Robusto Extra (5 1/2 x 55, $7.99) and Gordo (6 x 60, $7.99). It uses a habano wrapper from Jalapa, habano binders from Estelí and Jalapa and four filler tobaccos: viso from Estelí, seco from Condega and Ometepe and ligero from Jalapa.

Passport Logo

Passport will come in three different sizes: Lancero (7 x 40, $6.99), Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 44, $5.99) and Toro (6 x 48, $7.99). Blend-wise, it features a wrapper and binder from Jalapa, Nicaragua with fillers from Estelí, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley in Honduras.

Classic Logo

A habano wrapper from Jalapa covers the Crux Classic, which also features a habano binder from Estelí and fillers from Estelí, Ometepe and the Jamastran Valley. The line will initially be released in three different vitolas: Robusto (5 x 50, $6.99), Toro (6 x 50, $7.49) and Churchill (6 3/4 x 47, $7.99).


Four vitolas—the Bull & Bear Gordo, Passport Toro and Classic Toro and Churchill—will feature something the company calls a marblehead cap. It’s a rounded-cap similar to that found on the Partagás 109.

All of the three lines will come packaged in boxes of 20, each will also include a Boveda humidification device. In addition, the boxes will feature a Swavorski crystal.

Like the Ninfamaniac and Skeeterz, the three lines are made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Crux Cigars is owned by Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of the retail store Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, Minn. Previously, the company told halfwheel it had pre-orders from 15 retailers.

(Images via Crux Cigars.)

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I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.