Crux Guild Robusto Crux Guild Robusto
The Las Vegas Cigar Guys got our hands on a new Crux Guild Robusto before its release and we smoke it for you. You’re welcome!... Crux Guild Robusto

The Las Vegas Cigar Guys got our hands on a new Crux Guild Robusto before its release and we smoke it for you. You’re welcome!

At Las Vegas Cigar Guys, we’ve really come to appreciate the entire Crux line and what the brand has been able to do in a relative short time. We’ve already reviewed the Crux Bull and Bear, and now, thanks to our guy Shar at En Fuego Cigars & Lounge (Henderson & Las Vegas), I was able to get our hands on a pre-release Crux Guild Robusto.

The Crux Guild Robusto is a full-bodied Nicaraguan Puro. With its deep brown Ecuadoran wrapper, and said Nicaraguan filler, this is a beautiful hand-rolled homage to the great cigars of the past, and the men and women who rolled them. It’s a great looking cigar – now it’s time to light it and tell you our thoughts on this new Crux Guild Robusto.

Bonafides

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5×50 Robusto

Price: NA

The Cigar

As we said at the beginning, this is a great looking cigar. With its deep brown wrapper, with a nice slight oily sheen, the cigar pops out at you and will be a quick mover at your local shop. The band is typical great branding by Crux and its Crux Guild Robusto gives you that “knight in full armor” feel. I straight-cut the cigar and the pre-light draw was nice. A hint of things to come came across even dry, with some nuttiness and nice natural tobacco taste.

First Third

The Crux Guild Robusto starts out with said nuttiness and a nice toasted pepper note. Although it’s billed as a full-bodied cigar, it’s starts out clearly medium and that’s not a bad thing. A cigar that takes you on a journey, is one we like. And the Crux Guild Robusto does that from the beginning. The burn is perfectly consistent with a nice gray ash building from the start.

Second Third

The second third of the Crux Guild Robusto begins with a nice spicy and strong cedar note. The cigar becomes bolder here and I’m a bit in hog heaven. As we continue, there is a definite sweetness that I can’t exactly pinpoint with a common note. The mix of the spice, sweetness and nice cedar taste seals the deal for me regarding the Crux Guild Robusto even before I’ve reached the final third. The boldness continues as I head into the home stretch.

Final Third

I get more distinct sweetness here which I can describe as somewhere between honey and a weak maple. It’s hard to pinpoint, but it is a pleasure. The Crux Guild Robusto finishes with a higher spice note, really kicking in with a black pepper now. It finishes off strongly in the full-bodied category but without any harshness. It may be a bit much for those who prefer a lighter to medium cigar, but the Crux Guild Robusto smokes, burns and tastes fantastic. The cigar may be the boldest of the Crux line, and we’re hoping they won’t stop there.

The Verdict

The rise of the boutique cigar brand has been well documented, but there’s no denying that Crux and its Crux Guild Robusto are definitely at the front of the line. With recent stellar smokes like the Crux Limitada PB5, and the previously reviewed Crux Bull and Bear, this strong brand from Minnesota continues its ascension in the cigar world. We highly recommend the new Crux Guild Robusto (and other sizes) and it’s one I will keep in my humidor without a doubt.

Rating: 4-out-of-5 Stars

Scott Gulbransen Editor-in-Chief/Partner

Scott Gulbransen is Partner and Editor of the Las Vegas Cigar Guys and is a 20 year public relations, digital marketing, social marketing and journalism pro with a love for cigars. He's published author of two books and is working on a third.

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