"I really enjoyed this cigar. I was a little worried about the pepper blast at the beginning, but it smoothed out and was enjoyable. Not overly complex, but not linear in flavor profile either. It had just the right mix and developed nicely as it went along. This is a cigar I would be proud to hand my experienced smoking friends, and even those less experienced looking for a medium to full-bodied experience without the strength making it tough for them. I am looking forward to finding out what this one is! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
"The plethora of woodsy notes in this cigar with the addition of the pronounced mineral component reminded me of several Cuban maduros that I’ve smoked over the years. It’s an enjoyable smoking experience, I especially appreciated the spike in strength in the final third which kept the finale from being boring. I hate boring cigars and this one passed the boring test." -Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
"A lot of flavors in this stick. Sweet to spicy notes are well balanced. A beautiful grayish-black ash gives way to a tri-colored ash. I would include this stick in my humidor. A nice relaxing smoke that pairs well with a dark coffee and a rain storm. Pick up a few when you have the opportunity." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
"This was a great cigar overall. The flavors did not pop, but they were there. retro-hale was very smooth and It was a very easy cigar to smoke. I'd smoke it again over and over again if the price point were right. " -James H. (Keikan Jim)
"Really excellent cigar. A bit larger format than I usually reach for, but the super sexy raggedy foot, and the pigtail cap really got my heart racing when I first saw this. Construction was exceptional throughout, and the overall flavor profile was really enjoyable. Nice sweet and super ripe tobacco on point here along with flirtations with some spice, espresso, and pepper along the way. Magnificent cigar. " -John I. (John I.)
When I think of Kristoff cigars I expect three things. A closed foot, a pig tail cap and great construction on every cigar. This for sure fell right in line with my expectations. I have had this cigar years before when it was called the Brittania and enjoy this one as much as I remember from previous experiences. Perfect morning cigar with coffee to start the day. I am really enjoying the rebranding they are going through and aligning the brands to common themes throughout.