Kristoff is another boutique cigar brand that has won me over ever since I’ve tasted one of their creations for the first time about a year ago. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of their cigars so I made it a point to get a review of their Criollo Robusto written for today. Here it is.
- Cigar size: 5 1/2 x 54
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
- Binder: Dominican Cuban-seed
- Filler: Dominican Cuban-seed and Nicaraguan blend
- Price: $7.50 online
Fermented tobacco, coffee and a very faint yet fleeting note of minty aroma comes off the cigar’s body. The shaggy foot keeps me from detecting any aromas from the foot of the cigar, but some chocolate notes are discernible. A pigtail cap tops off a very beautiful cigar body that’s adorned with a simple brown Kristoff brand. The wrapper doesn’t offer much in terms of toothiness, but it looks gorgeous with its oily sheen and near-perfect aesthetics. A few medium-sized veins are also present, but they only add to the invisibility of the tight seams.
Wood, coffee and earth notes are the first flavors that I encounter during the first third. A spicy note then starts to slowly enter as I progress through this part of the cigar, and a slightly burnt version of toast flavors also become present in the long finish.
Toast, nuts and faint caramel notes begin to pervade during the second third and provide a major shift in flavors. At this point the entire flavor experience is more complex and surprisingly smoother. Nuanced fruity notes also begin to appear around the later part of this third, and the spicy aftertaste becomes more subdued.
A complex combination of toast, coffee and caramel seem to be the dominant flavors around the last third of the cigar. The sweetness from the caramel flavor seems to be more distinct, and despite the nicotine kick that I’m feeling at this point, it’s clear that this is a medium-strength cigar with an accompanying medium-bodied flavor.
The burn mechanics of the Kristoff Criollo wasn’t exactly the best, but it did provide a near hassle-free experience. Its flaky ash proved to be quite strong through, relieving itself from the cigar’s body right around an inch and a half past the foot. The smoke is ample, dense and carries a delightful aroma of toast and coffee notes.
In a nutshell, the Kristoff Criollo is quite a delicious cigar. It hits some of my favorite flavors all in one go, and the changes that it presents from third to third is a good display of its sophistication. There’s also a degree of balance in its flavors that I’m sure anyone can appreciate. However, I would have liked the spicy finish to carry through the entire length of the cigar instead of fading away around the second third. A more improved burn line can wouldn’t also hurt. It’s a fourth drawer cigar for sure.