Kristoff has been known to make some pretty heavy hitting cigars. Recently, they decided they wanted to take a dive into the realm of Connecticut shade smokes. The Kristoff Connecticut is one of the newest lines introduced to their portfolio, but it’s quickly becoming a best seller.
What am I Smoking?
Cigar: Kristoff Connecticut Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Length: 5.5 Inches
Ring Gauge: 54
Packaging and Design
These cigars come packaged in large, rustic looking boxes of 20. On top is a white paper label that shares the same design as the bands on the cigars themselves. Inside, there is a good amount of loose leaf tobacco surrounding the cigars to offer good looks and a solid amount of protection.
The wrapper is a beautiful sandy brown colored leaf that has minimal veins and seems. It has a soft give when squeezed, but is evenly packed throughout. Once cut, prelight notes of toffee and earth are present alongside a short hit of black pepper.
The closed foot of the Kristoff Connecticut lights fairly quickly and shows off a complex array of tasting notes right away. On the draw, there are nuances of cocoa powder laced with a caramel like sweetness that comes from the wrapper. The finish is tangy and rich, which isn’t something you see too often in Connecticut shade cigars.
The second third offers many of those same notes, however the intensity of those notes has increased. The wrapper seems to get more savory with each passing inch. Through the nose, the smoke offers soft nuances of black pepper and marshmallow, making for a creamy and balanced taste.
Finishing up, and the Kristoff Connecticut has performed flawlessly. I’m impressed with its construction and flavor. Although I’m a fan of heavier cigars, this one hit the spot in more ways than one. The tasting notes remained mostly the same since the second third and made for an excellent finish. The wrapper on this cigar is mouthwatering, it offered so much to the overall profile of the smoke and made it something special.
This cigar, for me, is definitely worth a box purchase. It’s a blend that will please palates from across the spectrum. Not only were these obviously carefully crafted, but it’s evident the blend took some time to perfect as well. The Kristoff Connecticut is in a league of it’s own, and it would be well worth your while to take my word for it.