Purchase The Kristoff Classic Reserva Magnum Cigar OnlineThe Kristoff Classic Reserva cigars are the second blend put out by the company in limited qualities. After the success of their first, the 685 Woodlawn, it seemed like a natural choice. The stogie maker is also back to the well for another important detail, a collaboration with Abe Flores. It’s the fifth time the brand has linked up with Abe to produce a blend, and it only makes sense to partner up with a legend to handle the important blend details. The sticks will be made at Flores’ PDR factory out of the Dominican and will only be available in 1,000 box quantities per size, so it’s going to come and go quickly.

The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, which is all the rage these days, along with a Nicaraguan binder and a trio of fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican. It’s available in three vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52) and Magnum (6 x 60). The Kristoff Classic Reserva cigars have that classic look to them, with a medium brown and reddish tinted wrapper that contains a few noticeable veins. The red, white and gold band is also a throwback, featuring stamped floral ornamentation along with the blend’s name. Near the foot of the stogie, there is a glossy strip of red ribbon.

Flavors on the cold draw include leather, barnyard, and a damp flavor likened to moss by reviewers. Once the stogie is lit up, the profile moves in a different direction, consisting of nuts, butter and a slight bit of sweetness. One reviewer stated that it tasted like a candy bar, with a little less sweetness and a little more salt. In the background, there’s a red pepper note and the taste of rye bread, giving the profile quite a bit more body.

During the second third of the Kristoff Classic Reserva cigars, the nuts and butter fade out and are replaced with a combination of sunflower seeds and mocha. The leather note detected on the cold draw and the red pepper are still present though the pepper has shifted to the retrohale exclusively.

The final third of the stick returns to flavors found at the beginning. The butter and nuts are back, and it eases up on the heat and spice. The sweetness doesn’t make a return appearance though the salt does, and this combination of butter, nuts and salt produce a flavor similar to pretzel bread. The leather is still present as well, and there’s a subtle cedar note hanging in the background as well.

It’s a medium-bodied blend that impresses with the burn and draw as well, which it should with Abe’s oversight. It’s the flavors, though, that are of note and any aficionado that enjoys a highly evocative blend will want to grab these before they’re gone for good.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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