Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kristoff Criollo Matador Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler: Blend of Cuban-Seed Dominican and Nicaraguan long filler
Price: $8.00

This cigar has been intriguing to me for several reasons. The box it comes in looks very rustic, leading me to believe that the cigar is going to have an “old school” feel to it. Also, the color of the wrapper has a reddish tint to it. So when I had the opportunity to get my hand on a few, I went right for it, and decided that I had to write up a review on it.

The wrapper of this cigar was something to just take in. It smelled exceptionally sweet. The wrapper has several veins in it, but not one affected the burn at all. As soon as it touched the cigar to my lips, I could taste the flavors coming out, and the wrapper was very oily and all-around great.

One the cigar was lit, the flavors started exploding. It started off with very thick smoke with spicy hints. Throughout the first third, the majority of the hints were earthy and actually had a striking resemblance to toasted almonds. After about ten puffs or so, there was also a very sweet, smooth combination of flavors covering my palate.

Towards the end of the first third of this stick, a slight cedar flavor enters into the picture as well as a sweet spice. The spice was like a cinnamon flavor. The combination of the toasted almonds and cinnamon was exquisite. All of these flavors mixed for a delightful experience.  Toward the midpoint of this stick, the majority of all spice diminished, and all that remained were the sweet flavors.

From the midpoint of the cigar on, the flavors are consistent throughout the remainder of the smoke. The sweet cinnamon came back strong around the last inch and a half and the finish was very smooth and consisted of mainly cedar and cinnamon.

The ash on this cigar was very nice. It was a very light gray, almost white in color. It was also very strong, holding on for roughly two whole inches. The draw of this cigar very easy and consistent throughout the entire stick. The aroma was something to take in. I was smelling the cinnamon and toasted almond throughout the majority of the smoke.

This cigar is a great stick, it deserves a8.5 out of 10 in my book.

Until the next one,

Zack the Stogie Man


  1. This. Cigar. Is. AWESOME!

    I got one in a trade with a buddy of mine (I think his name was Zack the Cigarette Smoker or something like that) and it quickly worked its way up to my top 5. I liked it so much i went and bought the entire Kristoff line sampler. Matter of fact, for the price, and for what its worth in my opinion id put it at a 5 out of 5 instead of Zacks 4.5

    1. Yeah the Kristoff line is very good. The GC and Sumatra are both great as well