“The tapering and size of this cigar gives the Epicure Short Salomone its own identity when compared to the other sizes, yet remains true to the roots of the Epicure blend. Most importantly, the flavors excel with this cigar.”

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Plasencia S.A.
Short Salomone: 6 x 54
Price: $12.99
Review: Crux Epicure Short Salomone (5/27/19)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 4 (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Coming in at #10 is the Crux Epicure Short Salomone. Late in 2018, Crux Cigars announced its Short Salomone Series. It’s a limited production line extension that would add a 6 x 54 Short Salomone vitola to three of Crux Cigars’ lines: Crux Guild, Crux Limitada, and Crux Epicure. The cigars would hit the market in 2019, and it’s the Crux Epicure Short Salomone that lands on this year’s Countdown.

Crux Epicure was Crux Cigars’ first Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade cigar to hit the market. Like the rest of the Epicure line, the remainder of the blend features Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Epicure is produced at the Plasencia factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Crux Epicure Short Salomone lands Crux on a Cigar Coop Countdown for the fourth year in a row. In each of these years, Crux Cigars has landed a cigar in the Top 10. It’s the second year in a row that Crux Epicure has landed on the Countdown. In 2018, the Crux Epicure Robusto captured the #2 Cigar of the Year. It also joins the Crux du Connoissuer #2 which captured Cigar of the Year in 2016. The Epicure Short Salomone is the first Connecticut Shade cigar to land on this year’s Countdown and the second cigar out of the Plasencia factory to land on this year’s Countdown.

Flavorwise, the Crux Epicure Short Salomone delivers a nice amount of complexity. This includes notes of cream, bread, creme brûlée, honey nut, pepper, baker’s spice, and citrus. The flavors delivered are medium-bodied and countered with medium strength.

I found the 6 x 54 Short Salomone format to be an excellent one, and it’s one that the Crux Epicure blend works beautifully with this size. Crux has been a company that has been delivering consistently excellent products to market, and its no surprise they’ve landed on this year’s Countdown with this cigar.


For details of the 2019 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2019 criteria.

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