I finally got my hands on the Cain cigars from the mind of Sam Leccia gifted to me by the local Oliva representative who is one of the better guys in the business. The Cain is triple fermented and contains 82% ligero. It comes in two forms, the Cain Habano and the Cain Maduro. There is also a limited edition F that comes in 5 packs and are limited in release.
To find out more about the Cain visit the website at www.caincigars.com
Cigar: Cain Maduro
Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Esteli, Condega)
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The cigar features a band on the bottom of the cigar which i love as it prevents damage to this non cellophaned stick. The maduro band is white with gold and red. The name of the cigar is written in script, and it states straight ligero under it. The stick features a nice looking triple cap although it has a few veins that stand out. The cigar feels a little light but these were samples from the IPCPR. There are no soft spots on the cigar.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight is interesting with some serious notes of cocoa/mocha on the stick it self. The prelight draw offers some spice but nothing that stands out. There is also some pepper on the tongue even before lighting it up. The first third of the cigar isn’t as strong as other ligero cigars I have smoked but it is still powerful. There are some pepper notes here, but also an underlying sweetness of cocoa present. The second third of the cigar the sweetness pretty much disappears, and what remains is pepper, wood, and some leather notes. The final third has continued spice with wood and leather on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the cigar on my samples both needed a slight touch up, but this could be due to numerous reasons having to do with storage and transportation from the convention. After the touch up the cigar burned like a dream. The ash was fairly light in color, with no flake and it held on very strong. The draw was perfect, and the cigar was a nice slow smoke that lasted me an hour.
Overall (24/25): This cigar can be felt when you smoke it. Do not smoke on an empty stomach as the high nicotine content is noticeable. I felt it as I smoked this beauty and it gave me the sweats. Call me a masochist but I loved every single minute of it. I wish the cigar produced more smoke, but that complaint is so minute it was almost not worth stating it. This cigar is a winner, and will be a regular in my casual smoking rotation especially after a hearty meal.
Price: $129.99 a box of Famous