I know I just reviewed the Cain Maduro, but the cigar was so good I had to smoke the Cain Habano samples that were gifted to me as well. If this cigar is half as good as the last one, I’ll be happy. Once again these cigars are distributed by Oliva and from the mind of Sam Leccia. The cigar features 82% Ligero and will provide an ass kicking. I wrote this review as I smoked on Sunday morning with friends in the Bronx. I need my head examined making it my first smoke of the day but here goes…
Cigar: Cain Habano
Size: 6 x 50
Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Esteli, Condega)
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The cigar features a a wrapper darker then most Habano leaf sticks I have seen recently. The Cain Habano is loaded up with oils, although it has some veins but less then the maduro. This toothy stick has a triple cap and under close inspection it has no soft spots. The cigar has a nice weight to it, and has a band at the foot of Black, Red, and Gold. The band states this is the Cain Habano and is straight ligero.
Flavor & Notes (25/30): Once again the prelight of this cigar has a wonderful aroma of mocha and the foot is loaded up with peppery spice that put me in a sneezing fit. The relight draw reveals notes of mocha, wood and spice. Right off the bat lighting this cigar reveals some strong notes of pepper. The strength is evident right off the bad, but the cigar is oh so good. Finishing out the first third of the smoke are notes of wood and spice. The second third of the cigar the notes of wood are strong, and are joined by nutty notes while the pepper remain as a canvas. The final third of the smoke finishes out with some leather notes and a touch of spice.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar burned much better then the maduro for me. It never needed to be touched up, and it burned remarkably even. The ash was a tad darker then the maduro, and had some slight flake to it. It did manage to hold on for about 2 inches at a time. The draw had a slight resistance to it and it smoked nice and slow.
Overall (22/25): For me it seemed as if the nicotine content was significantly less on the Habano compared to the Maduro. The flavor profile of the cigar was also considerably less enjoyable for me. When given the chance I will take the Maduro over the Habano. In fact, this wrapper left me disappointed.
Price: $125.99 at box at Famous Smoke Shop