Kristoff GC Signature Series
Created in the mid-2000s by Glenn Case, the Kristoff-brand is a rising star in the higher-end ($10-$12) cigar market. Kristoff focuses on creating full-flavored cigars that exhibit none of the characteristic harshness of their full-bodied competitors. To accomplish this, Kristoff cigars use Cuban-seed tobaccos that are double-fermented to produce a smoke that is uniquely smooth and complex.
I was actually turned on to the Kristoff GC (“Glenn Case”) Signature Torpedo by a regular...
in our Olney store. Having been thoroughly impressed by Kristoff’s relatively popular Sumatra and Ligero brands, I decided to give the GC a try. Simply glancing at the cigar’s profile gave me an indication of the its inherent subtleness -- The GC employs a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, with a Cuban-seed Honduran binder, and a Cuban-seed Dominican, Cuban-seed Honduran, and Cuban-seed Nicaraguan mixed filler.
Needless to say, there is a lot going on with this cigar.
Like most Kristoff models, the GC’s oily maduro wrapper is dark and veiny, while its closed foot and “pigtail” head give it a rustic “unprocessed” appearance. The wrapper’s pre-light aroma is both distinctive and nuanced; sweet and spicy, coupled with hints of earth and moss. Truly unlike any other cigar I’ve experienced.
The first third revealed alternating hints of toffee, dried fruit, apricots and espresso, with none of the typical spiciness that tarnishes initial lights. The GC’s draw was easy, producing a large volume of moderately dense smoke, while its burn remained even throughout. The cigar’s construction was more than competent, with its gray ash lasting for about a third of the stick before eventually falling.
The GC’s flavor profile remained fairly consistent throughout the final two thirds of the smoke, although perhaps slightly favoring the cigar’s espresso notes by the middle of the second third.
Kristoff’s process of double fermentation really paid off. The GC was literally one of the smoothest cigars I have ever tasted. Smoking it down to the nub produced only a slight increase in bitterness, while the aftertaste was so mild that I felt little need to cleanse my palate when I was finished. Retrohaling the GC heightened its sweeter notes, while surprisingly resulting in almost no irritation to my nose or sinuses. That’s how amazingly smooth this cigar was.
I don’t often use the word “ethereal” to describe a cigar, but I’ll readily use it to describe the GC Signature Series. Its complex flavor profile, solid construction, and unparalleled smoothness make the GC a perfect cigar both for seasoned smokers, and those just getting into a fuller-bodied taste. Davidus stores are stocked with multiple vitolas of the GC Signature Series, as well as the Kristoff Criollo, Sumatra, Ligero, Ligero Maduro, and the award-winning Corojo Limitada. Come and grab some today!
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