It’s Stog o’Clock, and this go-around, I check out the Kristoff Galerones Intensivo, the company’s first box-pressed stick. For this review, I smoke the Toro – a 6.2×54 cigar. It comes in with a very dark Brazilian Maduro wrapper securing a Nicaraguan binder and Cuban-seed fillers from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. The retail price on this smoke is between $10-11.
The wrapper gives off a sweet barnyard and coffee aroma. Out of the foot, I smell raisin and musty earth. The cold draw is snug with flavors of faint wood and tobacco. Once lit, the draw offers up some buttery espresso alongside an extremely dark cocoa note. Through the nose, I find light cedar with grassy earth and chocolate. The finish consists of black pepper with more dark cocoa and spicy, bold leather.
After thirty minutes, I pick up some dark cocoa on the draw alongside cedar and espresso. The retro-hale is bold with smoky hickory topped off with a charred almond note and some black pepper spice. On the finish, I find bitter earth with burnt coffee and plum. Both the strength and body are at the full mark.
The second third closes out at the one-hour mark. On the draw, I’m given black licorice with more espresso and the addition of black pepper. Through the nose, there is a distinct sweet cedar behind some bold earth and coffee. The finish consists of bitter cocoa and spicy leather. There is no change to the relentless strength and body.
After an hour and a half, the final third comes to an end. The draw gives me spicy espresso with black pepper and grass. Through the nose, I’m blasted with more bold earth and spicy black pepper. The finish tops off the cigar with spicy raspberry mixed in with some cocoa and buttery leather. This last third really kicks up in the spice department, and strength and body close out at the full mark.
The Galerones Intensivo is certainly true to its name with very intense, bold flavor. There is only a blast of spice in the last third, but the strength is consistently noticeable throughout. It’s not the strongest cigar I’ve ever smoked, but it’s not for the faint of heart, either. This cigar has some complex, dark flavors that I really enjoyed, and performance was solid aside from a slightly snug draw. I recommend it to anyone but the “mild-or-medium-only” folks.