Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Habano
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano
Country: Dominican Republic
Welcome back to our 3rd edition of Good Fellas Cigar of the Month. To start lets just say the Kristoff Kristania is unique. Not in a bad way, in a really good way that is why we chose it for this month’s pick. To begin lets start with a little history about this stick, it was first debuted at the 2011 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. Kristoff made this stick to help created a new budget cigar that would be a hit and in our minds over here at Good Fellas they did a damn good job! The two unique things we found in this cigar is first the look and then the flavor profile. Right after the bat the wrapper of the Kristania catches your eye for the simple fact it doesn’t look like your standard cigar. It is a standard brown wrapper but, with pretty much black veins all over it, kind of reminded us of Halloween but, more so it looked like a warn piece of leather. The band of this stick also had a pretty cool layout as well besides the fact it sort of blends in with the wrapper. Overall we loved the look of this cigar.
The pack was firm, it had a smell of a sweet and light tobacco, and the pre-light draw was very smooth and with a little sweetness we picked up with nothing else being to noticeable. The other thing we found very unique is the flavor profile of this cigar, it had things you don’t often find in many sticks out there. To start with the initial light flavors which was a spice that tingled the tongue along with a sweet hint that was comparable to a lite cream.
The first third, around only an inch or so into the Kristania it had a spice of roasted cedar which had main stage along with the underlying cream that wasn’t showing it’s true flavor just quite yet. As progressing past an inch or getting close to the second third we noticed the ash is white with a small amount of grey peppered in and it is holding strong with the draw still smooth. The flavors finally begin to really pop here with the spice subduing and a bitterness of a roasted coffee bean or an espresso coming through and along with the cream part we were trying to pin point which at this point were noticing a vanilla bean. Not that much though, it’s comparable to having a dark roast coffee with a small amount of cream in it. Overall at this point a great profile which only seems like it’s going to get better. The smoke produce by the cigar is thick on the draw but, not when resting and also this is the kind of stick which you can let sit a while without going out in you.
Transitioning in to the second third and going through it too the vanilla bean is finally up there more with where one can really notice it. The vanilla takes the main flavor at this point the espresso following close making a nice bitterness right after the sweet you get from the vanilla which is awesome! Then on the finish is just a tad bit of the spice from the beginning that’s still around. The burn at this point is doing alright it is just a little jagged most likely due to the larger ring gauge of this cigar.
Now to the final third of this cigar which becomes more bitter due to that warm coffee flavor and the rich vanilla bean is still there too. Another sweetness that came into play at this part of the cigar too, which was anise. You could taste it after every finish of a draw which went excellent with the bitterness from the coffee. And as for the finish of the Kristania it was a bitterness of anise and the vanilla bean.
We overall here at Good Fellas thought this would be perfect here for our Cigar of the Month due to the fact this was a pretty unique cigar from the look to the taste of it, along with something new and lower price range from Kristoff which isn’t seen too often. So we suggest the Kristoff Kristania to anyone from a beginner to an aficionado.