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Spotlight Brand: Kristoff Ligero Maduro

Satisfy your craving for richness. 

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Kristoff is a super premium cigar that competes with the likes of Arturo Fuente, Davidoff, and Graycliff. The company only employs the most qualified Cuban master blenders, all who have generations of experience in cigar making.

Kristoff's most recent release. Compared to Kristoff Maduro, Ligero Maduro offers a stronger, full-bodied experience. The filler blend contains premium Cuban-seed Nicaraguan and Dominican long leaves but comes wrapped with a Cuban-seed Dominican binder and a Brazilian maduro ligero wrapper. This particular leaf creates a bolder, heartier character with balanced sweetness.

The special ligero wrapper on this cigar creates quite a unique flavor when burned together with the blend's Cuban-seed binder and fillers. Unlike Kristoff Maduro, which creates earthy, peaty flavors with a sweet finish, Kristoff Ligero Maduro presents rich nuances of earth, cocoa, and spices with a coffee-like finish. On the finish, you may notice some cherry aromas mixed with cedar. A great-tasting cigar.

Q & A: Barber-pole Cigars?

I've seen barber-pole cigars before but never tried one because they seem expensive. What's the big deal?

3/29/11 | by BS of Akron, OH

​​​Barber-pole cigars are some of the hardest to roll and therefore their wrappers can only be applied by the best torcedors at a factory. The most common barber-pole cigars feature two wrappers - a Connecticut and maduro - while others may contain three or more different wrapper leaves. 

by Dave

Review: Cuba Libre One

Dave Cuba Libre One
Robusto (5.0"x52) Very nice cigar. Full-flavored and full-bodied but it doesn't overwhelm your senses. You'll notice ample spicy characters and a semi-sweet finish for a well-balanced experience.

Churchill (7.0"x52)
Due to the 7-inch length, you'll find the power of this cigar continues to increase as the blend burns. By the time you reach the fourth inch, you're palate will be coated with oily notes of pepper and you won't find any sweetness. Recommended for experienced aficionados. 

No. 2 Belicoso (6.1"x52)
Great size but not for this particular blend. It delivers complex flavors and keeps your interest from head to foot but avid enthusisasts may consider this a medium-bodied cigar since it's super smooth. We recommend cutting a lot off the head of this belicoso as it'll create a stronger, full flavor and an easier draw.

Toro (6.0"x52)
Great size for everyday enjoyment or to hand out. Offers the best in terms of balance as you'll find sweetness, pepper, spice, earth, and cedar. Only downfall is the fact that this stick never progresses into a stout, super-complex and full-bodied blend such as the robusto and churchill sizes.
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Article: Studio Tobac Bryan, what is Studio Tobac and what is you're role at the Studio?

Bryan Schoole: Studio Tobac is the innovative arm of Oliva Cigar Co. It is where brands like Nub and Cain were born, and where true innovations are conceived. My role at the Studio is of Ambassador. I get to go around the country doing events and talking to cigar nuts just like us!

CC: What is your main message you hope to deliver to cigar enthusiasts?

BS: My job is to educate people about the work of the Studio as well as promote the Studio's latest projects. I will be rolling cigars at all events as well as answering questions about our projects. The main message is that there are still many innovations to discover in this age old craft and Studio Tobac is leading the way in the discovery of them. 

CC: Can you give us an idea of the kinds of projects currently underway at the Studio?

BS: Very exciting things going on right now. Projects like Cain Dayton​a and Cain F are just the beginning. We are working on a new way to ferment tobacco as well as some unique shapes that will deliver a unique smoking experience. Also, very exciting for is the fact that some cigar makers have approached us to share ideas and collaborate!

CC: Can you tell us which cigar makers have approached the Studio?

BS: We can't fully disclose but I am at liberty to share that Ernesto Padilla has met with the Studio Tobac Executive Board to collaborate on a very limited 10k cigar run. 

CC: That sounds exciting, when, what and where?

BS: The details are being worked out and the Advisory Board made up of consumers still have to weigh in on the blends but we anticipate a July/August release. The shape is a figurado style cigar with a full body blend made up of all Nicaraguan tobaccos. 

CC: Will the Studio make a private label for anyone, what are the requirements?

BS: No private labels. The Studio will only collaborate on limited release projects with fellow cigar makers we consider serious about innovation and the advancement of premium handmade cigars. Any special project must offer something unique to the consumer. It must be something we are excited about having in our humidor at home. 

CC: The Studio Tobac World Tour just started, tell us about that. 

BS: This is the most exiting tour since the launch of Nub in 2008. I will be touring the country in a customized Studio Tobac 2011 Corvette Grand Sport convertible which will be given away to one lucky winner. We will be showcasing several non-production cigars in our Studio Tobac Special Sampler. I will also be rolling some of the Studio's special blends on site. 

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