Crux Cigars is one of those companies that knows what it does best. The company debuted during the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and since then, has undergone a host of changes, including a major rebranding that changed its core logo and the packaging of its brands in 2019. 

The company’s booth is the same as last year and essentially the same as it was when it debuted during the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, including a large logo banner suspended above the structure itself. There is likely no rush to change much about the booth after it won the Attendee Choice Best in Show award for Small Booths in 2021. 

Crux added at least one new member to its trade show team this year, a smart choice considering the large amount of foot traffic I noted flowing in and out of the company’s booth every time I walked past.

Crux Epicure Habano

While this cigar—one of the company’s most popular brands—was technically introduced at last year’s PCA show, it did not actually start shipping until last month. The internal blend remains the same as the other two Epicure lines, but the newest cigar includes a slightly modified band design.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Crux Epicure Habano Corona Gorda (5 3/8 x 46) — $11.25 (Box of 20, $225)
  • Crux Epicure Habano Robusto (5 x 50) – $11.99 (Box of 20, $239.80)
  • Crux Epicure Habano Toro (6 1/4 x 52) — $13.49 (Box of 20, $269.80)
  • Crux Epicure Habano Gordo (6 x 60) — $14.49 (Box of 20, $289.80)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 2023

Crux Limitada 2023

Crux’s Limitadas are designed as a once-per-year, limited edition offering, and once again, the company is releasing the same three different vitolas of the blend, a tradition that began back in 2021. As with past incarnations, the Limitada The Show 2023 is being sold exclusively to retailers that attend this year’s PCA trade show in person.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Engañoso)
  • Binder: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Crux Limitada PB5 2023 (5 3/4 x 54) — $15.49 (Box of 20, $309.80)
  • Crux Limitada Short Salomone 2023 (6 x 54) — $16.99 (Box of 20, $339.80)
  • Crux Limitada The Show 2023 (5 x 52) — $13.49 (Box of 20, $269.80

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2023

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Brooks Whittington

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.