Kafie 1901 Liga de la Casa: Exquisite house blend
Liga de la Casa is the Spanish term used to describe a house blend cigar. It is usually rolled by the workers, for the workers. It therefore says a lot about the rollers and blenders who work for Kafie 1901 that when Dr. Gaby Kafie smoked this particular cigar, he thought so much of this house blend that he decided to bring it to the market as a regular production line. And for that we all have to say a massive thank you.
Coming in as a budget priced smoke, this cigar looks and tastes anything but cheap. The band stands beautifully off the maduro wrapper, which was smooth, nicely oily and gave off aromas of dark chocolate. I was so eager to cut and light the cigar that I almost forgot that I was in company and needed to let people into the Zoom chat as they arrived.
Right from the get go I was treated to some beautiful flavours and sumptuous smoke. The first ones that hit my palate were leather and almond. There was a definite natural sweetness and creamy smoothness to the flavour that remained for most of the length of the cigar.
Warm buttered brioche and prunes joined the flavour party that the Kafie 1901 Liga de la Casa was putting on, as did cigar friends despite the fact that England were playing Scotland in the European Qualifiers. For once, conversation seemed focused on cigars, cigar culture and pipe smoking. I was fascinated to hear people sharing their thoughts on the same cigars, the flavour notes that they got, and whether or not manure is a nice or nasty flavour. The general consensus was that the flavours that you get from a cigar are entirely subjective and often very personal.
Towards the middle third of the cigar, a real earthy flavour started to grow and take over from the leatheriness that had been present in the first third. This developed into a rich mixture of chestnut mushrooms and warm oak. The smoke was still luxurious, but taking on a more warm autumnal feel.
I also noticed a nuttiness starting to develop as I smoked through the middle portion of the Liga de la Casa. As I focused more on this flavour, I pinned it down as hazelnut with some underlying bitter liquorice. These flavours kept dancing around each other throughout the middle portion of the cigar making it a very exciting cigar to smoke.
As I reached the final third of the cigar, I noticed that the cap was starting to peel off. I found this rather unusual as I had used a v-cut and I’m not a wet smoker. I was concerned that this was an indication that the cigar might start to unravel as has been the case with other cigars. I needn’t have worried though as the cap came off cleanly. It did however resemble filo pastry.
Continuing with the final third the bitter liquorice was a near constant companion but it was joined by a lovely taste of warm hay. I really enjoyed smoking this cigar and can definitely see myself getting more as a go-to cigar in the future.
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Kafie 1901 Liga de la Casa Cigar Details
- Vitola: Box Pressed Toro
- Length: 6″
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Smoke Time: 1h 30
- Source: Boutique Smokes
- Origin: Honduran
- Binder: Honduran
- Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Kafie 1901 Liga de la Casa Review Summary
I really enjoyed smoking this cigar and I can see it becoming one of my “go to” socialising cigars. It was a beautiful tasting cigar and great value for money – what more do you want?
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