Just a few months ago, Kristoff took its Pistoff Kristoff line to big proportions with the release the 8 1/2 x 60 Extremely Pistoff Kristoff. Now, it’s going to the other end of the spectrum with the Lil Pistoff Kristoff.

The new cigar measures 5 x 44 and is a result of the company’s push towards the corona vitola, particularly by way of the March 2018 launch of the size in the company’s Habano, Connecticut and Original Maduro blends. As part of the launch the company offered display trays to retailers to help call attention to the size. Jarrid Trudeau, vp of sales for Kristoff, told halfwheel that the idea to do the Pistoff Kristoff blend in a corona vitola, as well as the name, came from one of the company’s sales reps, “and we loved it,” he noted.

The Pistoff Kristoff line debuted in the summer of 2016, with a natural Mexican San Andrés wrapper covering 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. As for the name, a customer pitched the idea of the Pissed Off Kristoff, the idea of which Case liked but he wanted to modify the spelling, which led to the final name.

The Pistoff Kristoff line now stands at six sizes, with the newest vitola available to ship to retailers:

  • 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) — $10.99
  • Lil Pistoff Kristoff (5 x 44) — $6.60

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

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