February 27, 2011

Kristoff Ligero Criollo robusto

Kristoff Ligero Criollo robusto (5.5x54)

Like the Sumatra robusto, the Criollo robusto is finished with a pigtail cap and a shaggy foot.

The Ligero Criollo is made in the Domincan Republic and has a blend of well-aged Cuban-seed Dominican and Nicaraguan longfillers, Cuban-seed Dominican binders, and Cuban-seed Honduran Criollo wrappers. It is a step up in strength from the regular Criollo blend.

It started with strong, peppery cinnamon notes. There is quite a bit of black pepper noted. Vanilla noted after 3/4 inch or so.  The finish was very long with rich vanilla notes and some lingering pepper. Some of the same tea notes appear after an inch or so. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The draw, after twisting the pigtail off, was effortless. The finish changed to take on the tea flavors.

Around the midpoint I detected some light citrus notes. They were faint. The finish keeps changing. Now it's a combination of tea and vanilla. The finish has thick sweet notes. The burn on this cigar is much better than the Sumatra.

Moving into the final third the cigar has changed to more cinnamon notes with light vanilla and citrus and subtle tea. The finish remained unchanged.

The cigar never hit full bodied but it approached it. Not a bad cigar. I enjoyed it more than the Sumatra.

Score: 87

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