It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Crux du Connoisseur in the No. 2 size. This 6.5×38 stick features a Habano Jalapa wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran fillers. It retails for $8.99 and is a very nice looking cigar.
The wrapper produces a rotten plum aroma with leather, and I smell dried fruit out of the foot. The cold draw displays distinct walnut flavor. Once lit, I get light cedar with a hint of dark leather and a cinnamon-nutmeg note. Through the nose, there is very little flavor with light leather and cedar. The finish gives me black licorice and woody notes.
Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sour earth and white pepper. Through the nose, there is light toast and cedar. The finish offers a cinnamon and nutmeg combo alongside leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to forty minutes. There is more sour earth on the draw with leather and cinnamon. The retro-hale is very simple with light gingerbread. More cinnamon and nutmeg come through on the finish with the addition of vanilla. Both strength and body remain at the medium mark.
Fifty-five minutes in, the final third comes to a close. There is no change on the draw. Through the nose, I find more gingerbread with the introduction of vanilla. The finish sees no change, and strength and body remain the same as well.
The Crux du Connoisseur is an okay cigar. It’s not a bad smoke, but it did not wow me by any means. Complexity is shallow, and the price is a bit steep for the experience. It may agree with some palates, but don’t expect this one to be cigar of the year.