August 5, 2019
Kafie 1901 San Andres Toro. This is one of the four Kafie 1901 lines that are in existence right now. The other ones are the Kafie 1901 Sumatra, Connecticut and Don Fernando Maduro. This cigar is blended with tobacco from five countries. The filler has tobacco from Brazil, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The binder comes from Honduras. The wrapper is Mexican San Andres. The line comes in several sizes but for this review, we smoked a 6×54 Toro.
Kafie Cigars is the dream of Dr. Gaby Kafie. He gave up his career as a medical professional to pursue his dream and passion of being a cigar maker. And a coffee producer. He now has his own brands, his own factory and with his business partner he also has a box factory. And a cellophane producing plant, all in Honduras. The only thing lacking is a tobacco growing operation, but Gaby Kafie isn’t pursuing that at the moment. Recently he changed the name of the factory from Tabacalera Kafie y Cia to Tabacalera La Union.
Name: Kafie 1901 San AndresCountry: HondurasFactory: Tabacalera La UnionSize: 6×54Vitola: ToroWrapper: Mexican San AndresBinder: HondurasFiller: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Brazil Price: € 9,50 (Germany)Cutter: Xikar X2Lighter: single flameSmoke conditions: indoors with ventilatorSmoke time: Two hours ten minutes
The dark wrapper does have some color differences. And the wrapper at the head seems a bit folded up. But the cigar still looks good, quite intimidating due to the dark wrapper. The wrapper itself isn’t oily, rather dry. The thin veins combined with the color make it look like a mean cigar. The red, almost burgundy, and silver ring is nice. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is medium strong, it is leathery with sawdust.
The cold draw is a bit easy with a raw tobacco and leather flavor. The first puffs are interesting. Spices like nutmeg, pepper but also coffee. And with a natural sweetness from the Mata Fina tobacco. After a while, leather, wood and grassy flavors show up too. The flavors remain with the spices, pepper and leather. Halfway it’s still cinnamon, nutmeg, leather but not also coffee, pepper and some sweetness. In the final third, the cigar becomes more grassy with wood. The pepper is still there.
The draw is great. The smoke is thick and white. The burn needed to be corrected though. Just once, in the beginning. The cigar is medium-full bodied and flavored. The smoke time is two hours ten minutes
Strength: medium-fullFlavor: medium-full
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