Kristoff Criollo Cigars are produced by probably the hardest working gentleman in the world of cigars, “Glen Case” also the man behind the well regarded Vengeance cigars. Glen Case and his company of fellow cigar lovers have been in the production end of cigars since the early 1990’s. The Kristoff cigar line has won awards and the accolades of cigar store proprietors as well as cigar lover around the world. Glen will proudly tell you that one of his favorite blends of cigars is the Kristoff Criollo cigar. Every single Kristoff Criollo cigar is fully handmade in the Dominican Republic with highly aged and sought after Dominican, Honduran filler, and wrapped in a lush Criollo wrapper leaf to complete this amazing smoke.
The quantities on all Kristoff Criollo cigars is very restrained and with good reason, every single cigar is hand inspected to be certain that every Kristoff Criollo cigar is leaving the warehouse without any flaws. The Kristoff Criollo cigars have been earning some fantastic ratings since they first were unveiled in the cigar industry in 2009. These are easily some of the finest cigars in circulation today. If you are ready to try a new cigar with a bold new flavor, the Kristoff Criollo cigars are an absolute first choice.
Kristoff Criollo cigars house a matured blend of Dominican Olor and Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos, wrapped in Nicaraguan Habano Criollo. Kristoff Criollo cigars are packaged in a cedar box and packaged with loose tobacco on the perimeter, the Kristoff Criollo cigar has an elegant pre-embargo feel to it. With an oily, medium brown wrapper, pigtail and shaggy foot, you can expect a true medium-bodied cigar with notes of roasted almond, a touch of spice and a elegantly sweet finish. In a nutshell, Kristoff Criollo cigars are a complex, medium bodied cigar with excellent flavors all around at a competitive price and fantastic construction.
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Cigar Review of the Kristoff Criollo by Cigar Jack's
Brand: Exclusive Cigars (Kristoff)
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder: Cuban seed Orlor Dominican
Filler: Cuban seed Orlor Dominican, Nicaraguan
As you know, there's more to cigars than just Cohibas or Montecristos, and part of what makes cigar smoking an interesting hobby, I believe, is when you stumble upon new and boutique brands that specialize in smaller production.
Having said that, I recently met Glen Case, president of Aurora, Ill.-based Exclusive Cigars, at a local herf featuring his line of Kristoff cigars. Since I had a small lunch, I chose to light up his Criollo stick. (I'll be reviewing the Kristoff Maduro at a later date.)
The Kristoff Criollo has a slightly veiny, oily wrapper and a bit of a spongy feel, reminiscent of a Graycliff. Its pigtail and shaggy, closed foot give it a rustic, old-time look, but you'll immediately be drawn towards the Kristoffs because of its box, which features unfinished wood lined with loose tobacco.
Anyway, the first half of the Criollo is spicy, with hints of toasted almonds, but it smooths out in the second half. It's still spicy, mind you, but the aftertaste is reminiscent of dried fruit and caramel.
Verdict: The Kristoff Criollo is a complex, enjoyable, tasty stick, that I would recommend to experienced smokers. It has an even burn, and some nice white ash, but you may find the draw a tad inconsistent. I smoked four of the Kristoff Criollos, and three of them drew completely well. The last one, however, was a bit plugged.
Anyway, three out of four ain't bad, and maybe there are some construction issues to work out. In the meantime, I'd smoke Kristoffs again in a heartbeat, depending on the price.
Similar cigars: It's a bit stronger and more complex, I think, than the CAO Criollo.