Kristoff Kristania cigars are a product of Glen Case’s boutique company, one of the fastest growing in the country. Since 2004, this small manufacturer has produced several blends and made many top lists among aficionado publications. The brand focuses on bringing together tobaccos from around the world and finding new ways to combine them. This cigar is aimed at traditionalists, and derives its name from both his son Kristopher and his daughter Brittany.

The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Criollo Habano and comes with a Dominican Habano binder and filler. It is available in three vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52) and an unnamed third size (5 1/2 x 60). Those who offered their reviews appreciated its strong construction and rustic look. Kristoff Kristania cigars feature a wrapper that is milk chocolate in color and has a bit of veining. It is dry to the touch and gives just a little when squeezed. There are no hard or soft spots apparent in the construction. The fillers are packed tightly into the stogie, giving it good weight. Wood and cedar spice notes are most apparent on the pre-light draw, and the paper is said to have a spicy aroma.

During the first third of the Kristoff Kristania cigars, most aficionados detected pepper and wood immediately. The black pepper isn’t too punchy, and is secondary to the wood taste. Shortly after starting, a strong taste of cedar emerges. The cedar remains the boldest flavor during this third and is said to become sweeter with each puff.

During the final third of the Kristoff Kristania cigars, reviewers stated that the intensity of the black pepper ramps up. It quickly takes over the flavor profile while the sweet cedar pulls back, eventually disappearing completely. The vanilla cream and black pepper remain the two strongest tastes until the nub, and they switch primary and secondary roles several times before the cigar burns out. The stick finishes smooth, with a cool and slightly soft nub.

Most reviewers found the burn and draw to be satisfactory. The burn remains razor sharp and only requires the occasional correction. The draw is on the looser side, but nothing that infringes on the experience. Kristoff Kristania cigars are full-bodied smokes that are medium in strength. It’s not designed to overwhelm the smoker with nicotine, but they do possess strong flavors that an experienced aficionado would appreciate the most. Novices looking for something a little more complex will find this stick to be the perfect transition to stronger blends. Glen Case has put a value price on these stogies, which makes them a flavorful bargain. Their range of flavors, solid construction and consistency in quality earns them a place in any humidor.

POSTED ON Jan 14, 2019


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