October Cigar Reveal


Kafie 1901 - San Andres

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Brand Kafie 1901
Cigar San Andres
Wrapper Mexican San Andres
Binder Honduras
Filler Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil
Description It's not often that you see a successful cigar brand owner that also has 'MD' after his name, but Dr. Gaby Kafie is not ordinary cigar man. Kafie's parents immigrated to Los Angeles from Honduras when he was five years old. He fulfilled the American dream by becoming a Sports Medicine Physician in Miami, but the dream was cut short by a rare ocular disease called Central Serous Chorioretinopathy that ended his career as a physician. Kafie had always been a proud Honduran, with plenty of family still living there, as well as a lifelong cigar smoker. He decided to take the same passion and discipline that made him a doctor and apply it to cigar-making. Today there are as few as 12 cigar factories in Honduras--compared to the hundreds of factories that now exist in Nicaragua to the South. Kafie started his own factory that produces dozens of brands including his own Kafie 1901 cigars and his most highly regarded cigar, the Kafie 1901 San Andres. "I am passionate about Honduras, the tobacco, and our people," said Kafie. "We have put together a great team without limitations.  I am extra cautious nowadays with everything I do, I want to make sure that every step I take is a solid one.  Always doing what is right for the industry, and always doing what is right for connoisseurs."
Review: Cigar Obsession
First light reveals a good draw with mild-medium flavors of a dry, non-sweet grassy and light earth with a smooth long finish of the same.  The first third brings a slightly sweet airy nuttiness with a cinnamon for texture through the long finish.  25 minutes at the 1/2 way point, flavors are the same, burn is on the fast side but nice and even.  Ending at 1:05 minutes the last third totally shifts to a heavy, metallic earth shifting to a cherry cordial, with a chocolate mixing in to the finish.  Body comes up to medium-full and the burn slows.
Review: Cigarscore.com
The spiciness that showed up midway through the cigar persisted through until the end. The cigar had a perfect burn, but the draw never seemed to loosen up. Overall, the construction of the cigar was pretty good. There were no soft spots or anything that caused an uneven burn. The flavors were spicy and full. Overall, the Kafie 1901 San Andres Five Forty-Six is a decent cigar that packs a flavor punch. Despite the Dominican and Honduran tobacco, the flavors are pretty full. The Kafie 1901 San Andres earns a CigarScore 4 and should provide just over an hour's worth of enjoyment.

Crowned Heads - La Coaliciòn

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Brand Crowned Heads
Cigar La Coaliciòn
Wrapper Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder Sumatra
Filler Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Description We're proud to present to you La Coalición, a partnership between two of the guys that kicked off the boutique cigar movement: Jon Huber of Crowned Heads and Willy Herrera of Drew Estate (formerly El Titan de Bronze). Though Crowned Heads is now a household brand name and Drew Estate is one of the largest cigar companies in the world, these guys are still cutting no corners and putting out some of the highest regarded cigars on the market. This one is no exception. La Coalición is made for Crowned Heads at the famed Drew Estate factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. With a price point between $13-16, this is also one of Crowned Heads most expensive cigars. About La Coalición, Huber said, "Willy Herrera and I share a similar vision towards the tradition and artistry of cigars, blends presentation, and so forth. What you’re going to see with La Coalición is truly a collaborative effort on every level between Crowned Heads and Drew Estate, and between Willy Herrera and Jon Huber.” If you're familiar with their blending style, this cigar is what you would expect: Layers and layers of dense, chewy smoke that makes this a true 'after dinner' cigar. Though the thick broadleaf wrapper does require the occasional touch-up with a lighter, the ever-changing flavors of leather, earth, cocoa, coffee, pepper and a nice balance of sweetness throughout makes that easy to look past. This cigar may not fit everyone's favorite profile (see reviews below), but as for us... we're here for it.
Review: Cigar Dojo
La Coalición offers a full-bodied smoke experience that fills the palate and gives a very satisfying exhale and retrohale. There is a sweet tobacco note along with some woody flavors that leave a lingering chocolate fudge and toasted oak character on the palate. As I get close to two inches in, the ash is still holding strong, as the combustion line holds a perfect ring around the cigar. The spice and chocolate mellow into a syrupy maple note. It reminds me of a rum barrel-aged stout with ancho chilis ... This cigar is a true intersection of the flavor, quality, and construction that I have come to know and love of Crowned Heads and Drew Estate. The cigar is a rich and syrupy concoction, delivering flavors of coffee, chocolate, and charred oak that leave the palate wanting more. I found it to be a great compliment to pair with a brown ale, porter, or stout.
Review: Halfwheel
I’ve smoked five of these—three from a store and two prerelease samples—and none of them have burned correctly. For those wondering, only the three that were purchased factored into this review. I’m not sure if this is a problem with just these five, the size or a larger indictment of the blend itself. There were times in which the La Coalición showed promise, but touching up a cigar 6-8 times of any size, let alone this small of a cigar is a problem. Given all that, I’m not sure what to make of the blend as a whole, but my experiences were subpar.