The Kristoff cigar company was established in 2005 by Glen Case and is a fast growing cigar company who seeks to recreate the classic Cuban taste. The GC Signature Series is one of their newer blends and is “for the serious cigar smoker only.” It comes in 4 vitolas, 6 60, which I am reviewing today, churchill, robusto, and torpedo. You can follow Kristoff on Facebook and Twitter (@KRISTOFFCIGARS).
Size: 6 x 60
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Binder: Cuban Seed Honduran
Filler: Cuban Seed Dominican, Cuban Seed Honduran
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Kristoff GC Signature has a beautiful wrapper which is a dark reddish brown. It has plenty of oils and some light veins. The cap of the GC is a small pigtail and the wrapper is left uncut and covering the entire foot.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Kristoff GC signature series has the scent of sweet molasses and a bit of coffee. The Foot also has the note of coffee, along with some cocoa. Now call me crazy, but there is also a deep molasses mixed with some spices that smells close to BBQ sauce. The cold draw produces flavor of cocoa, spices, and molasses.
Smoking Experience: The Kristoff GC Signature lights up with a sweet molasses flavor combined with coffee and notes of oak. The draw was a bit loose at first, but it tightens up almost immediately. As the draw evens out the smoke takes on a slightly tangy tone, as some spices join in the blend as well. The burn is razor sharp, and the ash is excellent, easily holding to an inch in length. Smoke billows out of the Kristoff GC long after each draw.
The second third of the GC signature has all of the same flavors along with a bit of roasted nuts added into the blend. Also, the cocoa starts to fade in and out of the flavor profile during this third. The draw is still excellent, each puff producing a full body of the rich, sweet, tangy smoke. The strength in this third comes in a hair over medium with the retrohale burning the nose slightly.
In the final third the woody tones really step up. There are a lot of oaky flavors which really play well with the deep molasses flavors. The notes of roasted nuts and spice remain, and during this third the cocoa becomes a bit more present, but still an undertone in the profile. Honestly, the best way to describe the flavor is a rich deep hickory BBQ sauce. The GC Signature smokes cool to the nub holding firm. The flavor remains excellent all the way down and comes in at just over a 2 hour smoke.
Conclusion: While I wouldn’t call this stick for “serious cigar smokers only,” I would call it a quality stick. It doesn’t have the type of strength to it that I’d want to warn off newer smokers. However, the flavor profile is good with sweet molasses and oaky notes during the entire experience. The construction is also excellent, the draw improved early on, and the body becomes very full towards the end. The ash also holds splendidly, easily reaching over the inch point and holding firm. Based on this vitola, I will be grabbing other sizes to review soon, but right now I am craving some slow smoked ribs!