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Friday, November 3, 2017

Kristoff Original Criollo - Cigar Review

Thanks for reading this no-fluff review of the Kristoff Original Criollo.
First, some Shakespeare:

Macbeth (Act 5 Scene 5)
MACBETH: I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
The time has been, my senses would have cool’d
To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse, and stir,
As life were in’t. I have supp’d full with horrors:
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
Cannot once start me.
(Re-enter Seyton)
Wherefore was that cry?
She should have died hereafter:
There would have been a time for such a word. --
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

COMBUSTION: Only somewhat damp'a burn. Line stays imperfectly even, sans re-touch. Smoke out-put is moderate-plus, culminating in a pleasantly sweet-leather room-note. Ash ain't a grower. Temp stays cool to nub.
CONSTRUCTION: Only somewhat spongy of packing; draws well. No hard spots, a couple soft 'uns. Seams hold fast and cap remains well-affixed. Pacing is languid and even-keel'd.
COMPLEXITY: Bupkis transitions, but chock-full a' nuance -- staving off tediums well. Viscous-nigh-gelatinous mouth-feel leaves a rich finish of particularly nice kindly sweetly-spice'd long-leg'g smoothness. Retro-hale adds a gentlepersonly piquancy-rise which hits palate with enhanced sweetnesses.

PRIMARY: Baking spice. Molasses.
SECONDARY: Black walnut. Semi-sweet chocolate. Cuban coffee. Black pepper.
UNDER-BELLY: Leather, oils. Barnyard. Manure.

WRAPPER: Honduran Criollo
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
FORMAT: Robusto (Pig-tail, un-cut foot)
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

Pick this Kristoff Original Criollo up as part of the Kristoff Fresh Pack Natural Sampler over at Cigars City.

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