Well, I've been away from the forum for a while because I took the plunge and got married. While on honeymoon I wandered into a small tobacco shop just off of the beach and happened across a lone box of Kristoff Maduros. Being a fan of Kristoff and having not tried the Maddie, I snapped one up. Arriving back at home and back to reality shortly, I decided to spark it up and continue with my series of Kristoff reviews.
Size: Torpedo 6.125x52
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Binder: Olor Dominican and Cuban Seed
Filler: Olor Dominican, Cuban Seed, Nicaraguan
Price: I bought this one at a shop near the beach where everything was overpriced. It cost me $11 but you can find it for $7-$8
Excellent looking cigar. Itís securely wrapped with a dark brown leaf which speaks of delicious delights hidden within. The stick is solid from tip to shaggy foot with no noticeable soft spots. The wrapper is smooth and oily with no protruding veins and is making my mouth water.
After cutting, the prelight draw is just right. Not too loose but not too tight. I get a bit of cocoa and leather with a bit of peppery tobacco at the front.
After toasting the foot, the first draw is very pleasant. I immediately notice the cocoa from the prelight profile and also pick up some coffee and sweet spice. The burn is perfectly even and the smoke is thick and heavy. The ash is dark gray and is maybe the tightest Iíve ever seen. It holds on for a full 2 inches before falling all over the front of my shirt. As the transition begins to the second third, a sweet, peppery spice creeps in.
The cocoa is still the dominant flavor here but the coffee and sweet spice are still perceptible and the menage a trois of flavors create a very distinct profile that I havenít noticed in other cigars. There still havenít been any problems with the burn. Itís been perfect for the entire smoke thus far and itís nice to be able to relax and just enjoy the smoke without having to worry that itís going to be ruined by constantly having to manage the burn. About midway through this portion of the stick there is a creamy note that really brings everything together.
Still tasting the cocoa and cream. The peppery spice makes a resurgence in force at this point and really puts a great finish on the cigar. The burn remained perfect all the way down to the nub.
The Kristoff Maduro lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes and was enjoyable the entire time. It wasnít the best maduro Iíve ever smoked but it was very good. The only real downside to it is the price. At $8 apiece (and definitely at the $11 I paid for it) I just canít throw it in my daily rotation if it isnít great. I will definitely smoke it again because itís truly enjoyable but there are other maduros out there that are just as good and more pocket friendly.