Cain F Maduro 550 – Cigar Review

During the 2012 summer Studio Tobac tour, a sampler was given out at events which included 6 cigars. Studio Tobac is the creative arm of the Oliva Cigar Family. The sampler contained special blended cigars which have never been in production. Included in the package is a Nub USA, a Cain Daytona Lancero, a Cain Daytona Maduro Figurado, a ST – 002 650 (unreleased test blend), a ST – EGF01 550 (unreleased test blend), and a Cain F Maduro 550 which I am reviewing today.

Within the Cain line my favorite blend has always been the Straight Ligero Maduro, so when I heard that the Cain F was getting a maduro wrapper in this sampler I knew I’d have to pick up a box of Cain to get one of them.

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Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: N/A
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength:  Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Cain F Maduro features two bands, both of them are on the foot of the cigar. The bottom one is the regular Cain F straight ligero band, it has an orange background with gold and black writing. Above it is a Studio Tobac band which is black and gold.

The wrapper of the Cain F Maduro is a very dark brown, almost dark chocolate in color. The wrapper is a bit toothy, and has a rich oil sheen to it. The cap is a bit generous and the construction very seamless. The Cain F Maduro is well packed, with a nice feel in hand.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Cain F Maduro has notes of coffee, wood, and spice. The foot has the scent of deep coffee, spice, chocolate, wood, and a little grass. To prepare smoking the Cain F Maduro I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there are flavors of coffee, oak, spices, grass, and a bit of dark chocolate. The cold draw offers a little resistance, but the flavors on the cold draw are quite enjoyable.

Smoking Characteristics: The Cain F Maduro kicks off with a mix of spice, dark chocolate, coffee, grass, and a nice oak spice. The draw is amazing, which surprises me, since the cold draw was pretty tight. On the exhale there is a rich pepper which coats the palate, leaving a very long finish. There is also a heavy feel to the smoke, and a nice subtle sweetness which works wonderfully with the flavor profile. Everything that I detected in the cold draw is playing through wonderfully in the smoking experience.  The strength starts out in the medium to full range with a nice buzz setting in early on.

Into the second third of the Cain F Maduro, espresso and coffee flavors dominate the profile. The pepper has now faded, and only plays out lightly on the palate after each draw. The dominate flavors are now coffee, bittersweet chocolate, grass, and oak spice. There is still a wonderful heaviness and bold texture to the smoke which I am enjoying greatly. The ash is absolutely beautiful with a charcoal color and holds firmly past the inch point. The burn is very sharp and has not required any corrections thus far. The strength in this third has become a bit fuller, but still remains in the medium to full range.

During the final third of the Cain F Maduro, the flavors are really starting to peak. The sweetness is now more intense, the bittersweet chocolate becomes richer, and the espresso much more refined. The profile has lost the meatiness that it had during the first and second third, but is still very enjoyable. The strength is also hitting its peak during this third, starting to enter into the full range. The construction remains excellent, I’ve yet to have any issues with the burn, draw, or ash. I smoke the Cain F Maduro till I get a finger burn, the way I try to end every good smoke, knowing it might be quite some time if I ever even to get see one again.

Conclusion: I truly enjoy the Cain F Maduro, and I hope at some point they might make this a full production cigar. I think the Maduro wrapper brings a lot to this smoke, making it a bit more enjoyable than the typical Cain F. In fact, the Cain F might be my least favorite cigar in the Cain line. I am much more likely to smoke the Cain Straight Ligero Maduro, or the Cain Daytona than I am the F. Yet, I could see myself picking up a box of this without a doubt.

Rating: 90

MSRP: Was only available at Studio Tobac events