Kristoff is taking one of its strongest cigars to an extreme size, as the company has announced the Extremely Pistoff Kristoff, an 8 1/2 x 60 gordo extra that will be heading to retailers in the coming weeks.

Several specifics of the cigar are still being finalized, including the price, but it is expected to retail for between $11 and $11.50 per cigar, before taxes. It will come in 10-count boxes and will be an ongoing production size.

The Pistoff Kristoff line debuted in the summer of 2016, and uses a natural Mexican San Andrés wrapper on top of an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Glen Case describes it as a full strength profile, but one that is deceptively strong due to its flavor and smoothness. It is strong enough to get your head spinning, he noted.

The name comes from a customer who suggested that the company come out with a cigar called the Pissed Off Kristoff. Case liked the idea but not the “pissed off” part, so he changed the spelling on it.

The line debuted in four sizes, with this the first size added since the line’s debut. It now stands at five vitolas:

  • Pistoff Kristoff Churchill (7 x 50), — $9.20
  • Pistoff Kristoff 660 (6 x 60) — $9.60
  • Pistoff Kristoff Robusto (5 1/2 x 54) — $9
  • Pistoff Kristoff Corona Gorda (5 3/4 x 48) — $8.70
  • Extremely Pistoff Kristoff (8 1/2 x 60) — TBA

The line is made at the Charles Fairmorn factory in the Dominican Republic.

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