Kafie 1901 San Jeronimo Habano Natural Torpedo Cigar
Sometimes a cigar looks almost too beautiful to light up. This was the case with the Kafie 1901 San Jeronimo Natural torpedo cigar. The wrapper showed some light veining that ran evenly from head to foot, only interrupted by the glorious bands. The band protecting the foot of the cigar sparkled with gold and the main band depicts a tobacco field in full leaf surrounded by what can best be described as a Rococo picture frame.
With a gentle squeeze from head to foot and aromas of sweet cookie dough I was excited to cut and light this handsome torpedo cigar. The cold draw was easy and creamy and once lit, the first draws were full of a rich milk chocolate with gentle woody undercurrents. Braving a retrohale in the first third I was treated to some sweet sandalwood notes alongside the chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever had a creamier or smoother cigar on the retrohale.
Having poured myself a nice glass of Mount Gay rum, I picked up the San Jeronimo for another draw but was a little disappointed when it left the 1cm ash in tray rather than holding on to it as I had hoped that it would. This happened a couple of times but as I reached the middle third of the cigar, I found that the ash got stronger as stuck around for a good inch or so.
The middle of the cigar became a lot creamier and more mild in flavour. There was still a lot of chocolate flavouring in the smoke but these were joined by notes of a freshly baked coffee and walnut cake, creating a sumptuous smoking experience that enticed you to sit back, relax and watch the plumes of ivory smoke dissolve into the ether.
I found that in the final third, the flavours started to get a little bit harsh and muddied together. This was resolved by regular purging, which did start to take me out of the serene frame of mind I had been enjoying up to that point. Each purge of the San Jeronimo cigar produced quite a spectacular array of fireworks at the foot and a cloud of blue smoke, but left the flavour so much cleaner allowing the chocolate notes to re-exert themselves. I also took the opportunity to re-cut the head of the torpedo cigar to free up the draw a little.
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Kafie 1901 San Jeronimo Habano Natural Torpedo Cigar Details
- Vitola: Piramides
- Length: 6½”
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Smoke Time: 1h 30
- Source: Boutique Smokes
- Origin: Honduran
- Binder: Honduran
- Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Kafie 1901 San Jeronimo Habano Natural Torpedo Review Summary
This is a very attractive cigar with a good flavour for the most part, but I did find the construction at the start and final third a little disappointing.
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