It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Kristoff Pistoff Kristoff in the Robusto size. This 5.5×54 stick features a pointed tail cap and partially closed foot. It contains fillers from Nicaragua with an Indonesian binder all cloaked by a very dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. The cigar retails for $9.
On the cold draw, I pick up a slight toast. There is a muted cocoa aroma off the wrapper, and I smell fruity cedar on the foot. Once lit, I find light black pepper, cocoa, and earth. Through the nose, there is more black pepper with a little white pepper and a nutty caramel note. The finish gives me leather with more cocoa.
Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with coffee and black pepper. Through the nose, toast blends with black pepper and chocolate fudge. The finish offers a delightful combo of leather and sweet cocoa. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third wraps up after forty-five minutes. I find more cocoa and coffee on the draw. Explosive black pepper hits me on the retro-hale alongside some leather. The finish gives me more cocoa and a rich earth. Strength and body remain consistent at the medium-to-full mark.
An hour and twenty minutes in, I see the final third wisp away. There is even more cocoa on the draw with the addition of cedar and black pepper. Through the nose, I continue to get hit with very spicy black pepper and cocoa. There is a delicious chocolate and raspberry duet on the finish topped with black pepper notes. Strength and body both jump to full in this last third.
The Kristoff Pistoff Kristoff is an excellent smoke and potentially the best cigar Glen Case has put out to date. It offers rich flavors with good depth and complexity. There’s enough power to keep things interesting, but it’s not one of those cigars that’s just strong for the sake of being strong. I really enjoyed smoking this one and highly recommend giving it a try.