Cigar Review: Kristoff Maduro

Size: 7×48, Churchill

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Olor Dominican and Cuban Seed

Filler: Olor Dominican, Cuban Seed, Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium/Full

Price: Box of 20, $125.99

Grade: 8.8

The Kristoff Maduro is made by Exclusive Cigars, which was established in 2005. EC is a manufacturer of boutique cigars, including the Vengence, Brittania, Cuban Selection, and Premium Selection. The Kristoff is without a doubt the most popular brand from Glen Case’s Exclusive Cigars.

The Kristoff Maduro is available in four sizes: Torpedo (6 1/8×52), Churchill (7×48), Robusto (5.5×54), and the Matador (6.5×56). The Kristoff line also encompasses a few other blends including a Kristoff Criollo, Kristoff Ligero Maduro and Criollo, and a Kristoff Sumatra that looks very tempting. The cigars are packed in a rough cut cedar box with loose tobacco, giving these cigars a very rustic feel. Kristoff cigars are fairly easy to find online, though I haven’t come across them yet in my B&M. More information can be found online.

This is our first review of a Kristoff cigar, though we’ve been looking forward to it for some time. So, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Kristoff Churchill is a hearty looking smoke with a shaggy foot and a well-constructed pigtail cap. The Brazilian Maduro wrapper is dark and oily with a few prominent veins. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots and has an excellent weight in the palm of the hand. The simple banding really fits the character of this smoke, and it also textured which is a nice touch. The pre-light aroma is of rich tobacco along the wrapper with some nutty vegetal notes at the shaggy foot. The cold draw is a little tight but produces some warm tobacco notes.

Burn, 1.7:
The Kristoff’s shaggy foot toasts and lights well. The draw is a bit tight to start but opens up about half an inch in and is dead on the rest of the time. The ash appears to be flaky but holds well past one inch before I bump it off in the tray. The Churchill produces plenty of smoke throughout the life of the cigar and at a good temperature, with no touch ups or re-lights required.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Kristoff produces woody and vegetal tobacco notes and the finish leaves a warm spice on the lips with some sweetness. The first third is of tobacco, some barely present sweet spice, and some salty notes here and there. The second third transitions into a solid tobacco that has earthy and woody characteristics, which are coupled with a sweet spice on the finish. The cigar is somewhat creamy at this point as well. The last third continues with a solid tobacco profile that is paired with some sweet spice throughout. The creaminess persists and is a nice addition to this profile.

Overall, 2.7:
The Kristoff Maduro is a fun and enjoyable smoke in my opinion. The draw was good, the burn even, and the flavor profile solid. Coming in at a little over six bucks a stick, this one is priced right. The solid tobacco, coupled with some sweet spice and creaminess, will make for an enjoyable smoke.

(Total: 8.8)

8 comments

  1. CAOFanatic/Jerry Kontur

    I picked up one of these today at The Tinder Box in St. Louis. They carry both the Maduro and the Ligero Maduro in stock. I look forward to lighting it up.

  2. chris kaess

    where is the cheapest spot to get this Kristoff maduro

  3. Mat Oglesby

    Just bought one. Ready to check it out.

  4. Timj219

    I love all the Kristoffs I’ve tried. In fact I really can’t deciede which is best so I just keep buying the samplers when they come up on the monster.

  5. This Glen Case, owner of Kristoff. Thanks for the feedback! Watch out for three new blends in the next month!

  6. smoke_daddy

    I’ve been smoking the Kristoff brand for a while now and enjoy them all. All my smoking friend look forward to coming to my house because they know I always have a great supply. Great smokes Glen…keep up the great work!!

  7. Doug H

    Right now I am about an inch down. Relaxing on my back porch. I received this Kristoff Maduro in a sampler pack from Famous Smoke. I will agree with the above rating so far. I am an avid Brazilian cigar connoisseur. I really enjoy the smoke producing and the nutty flavors. I would also say there is a cream/earthy flavor. I am very pleased with the value and the overall look of this cigar. I would recommend this cigar to someone who enjoys a full flavor brazilian. I will be adding more to my humidor!

  8. John Cameron

    I am smoking the Kristoff Maduro for the first time tonight. It was part of the sampler pack. The look of the entire package is what drew me to it in the first place. This cigar has a salty savory taste on the lips thats is out of this world. Very distinctive memorable flavor for a cigar. I usually struggle with keeping maduros lit and burning evenly but this one so far has a perfect burn. This has rocketed to one of my all time favorites.

    I will definitely be buying more.

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