Review of Kafie 1901 Connecticut Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
I enjoy milder and smaller cigars during hot summer months. There are plenty of mild, mild-to-medium, and medium bodied cigars (1, 2 or 3 on a 5-point fullness scale) to satisfy any level of cigar smoker, from beginners to experienced connoisseurs. During the summer, I prefer 2's and 3's in the Robusto size (5 x 50), when I want a quick smoke lasting about half an hour or so. These type of cigars will accompany many light/refreshing summer beverages including beer, and won't keep you outside in the heat for an unreasonable period of time.
After smoking a number of such cigars this summer, one that stood out was the Kafie 1901 Connecticut Robusto. This particular cigar was close to medium bodied (3-minus on a 5-scale), and had an enjoyable nutty and mellow flavor that was more complex than a typical Connecticut cigar.
Kafie 1901 cigars are made in Honduras with Ecuadorian shade grown wrappers, Honduran binders, and a blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic. Kafie 1901 Robustos are priced at an average of about $6.65 per cigar, if purchased in a box of 20.
The sample Robusto cigar had an even burn, held a long ash, and had a great draw. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 35 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to 1½ inches remaining. I rate it with a very good 4 points on a 5-point scale. This cigar is not only good during the summer, but any time of year.