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Sumatra by Kristoff

This is a guest review done by the one and only Brocktail. He is going to review some cigars as a special guest, but only ones that have a tail on the cap.

Tail tells

Rating – (5) Bullet to the Head
Strength – (2-3) Demi
Price – $9
Vitola – Robusto
Drink – Dr. Pepper


This cigar looks like the bees knees oily dark brown wrapper well constructed, I chose the robusto size which is fairly standard for me. The smoke was interesting, the Sumatra wrapper & Nicaraguan seed stay true this cigar, gave it a lot of heat and spice. I would say medium body for the cigar overall, it did leave a harsh after-taste. However I would not buy this again for $9 it’s a little pricy for me. If you enjoy spicy cigars I think it would be perfect for you.

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Maduro by Kristoff


Price – Compliments of Hassan and Hussein at Hollywood Smokes (normally $9-10)

Strength – Demi (2/4)

Rating – Kindergarten Cop (2/10)

I want to start off by saying that if you live in the Chicago area and haven’t been to Hollywood Smokes to see Hassan and Hussein, find the time, these guys will treat you right, I appreciate you both!

Unfortunately, I wish I could give the same glowing review about the Kristoff, but I would be lying. I have smoked another Kristoff prior to this stick, but this is my first Kristoff maduro and quite frankly I don’t remember really caring for the first one either, but out of my respect for the opinions of Dojo members I decided to give the brand another shot. I’d now like to apologize to my Dojo brothers and sisters for they have said good things about this stick and I am sorry to disappoint, but I will have to respectfully disagree. Until this moment, I can’t really explain where it went wrong, it just started bad and stayed bad. There was a taste to the stick that I could not necessarily identify, kind of peppery I guess, but I found it unenjoyable. It’s kind of weird I didn’t like it because it has Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, both of which I typically enjoy. Strength wise, this is a Demi for me, but could definitely see it being a Sly for some, so it does deliver from a strength perspective. Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? No

Would I give it humidor space? No

I cannot stress enough the importance of continuously refining your taste palate by trying different cigars. This is a perfect example where I didn’t like this particular cigar, but many others do, it’s all definitely an individual preference thing. Although, I found the last half more enjoyable than the first, it wasn’t enough to make a positive impression. If you’re looking for a good maduro I would suggest something like the Papagayo by San Cristobal, the Luchador by Leccia, and if you’re up for spending a little extra cash, and LFD Oro. Until next time friends!