Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cigar Review - Cain Maduro Robusto (5 x 50)

Ahh, nothing like a good cigar. I've decided at this point to put up cigar reviews on here because, if I don't, I'll forget them myself. I've been smoking cigars since I turned 18 and my first cigar was an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature. I'm no slouch. I didn't start off with the Dutchies or the Swishers. I kicked this shit into high gear right off the bat. I typically smoke medium-full (more full) bodied cigars, preferably in a maduro wrapper. My favorites are the Edge Maduro Torpedo and the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chiselito. Now that you've got a bit of info on my tastes, today's review is the Cain Maduro Robusto. I'd heard excellent things about it from both websites and my fine tobacconist: the ever wonderful Uptown Cigar Company. Really, Isy is a great guy and he puts up with me on a damn near weekly basis so he has the patience of a saint. If you ever need anything, call them and they can probably get it.

Utterly incorrigible shameless plug aside, the notes (sorry, no pics, I was too busy smoking):

I've been digging the punch over the guillotine cutter lately. I can taste the cigar better and I think it doesn't accumulate as much nicotine so I punched the bastard with the house puncher. Pre-light draw was slightly tight but nice and spicy. The Cain is a triple ligero (filler, binder, wrapper) so I expected this thing to be the equivalent of a right hook to the mouth. Lighting it and giving it a few puffs surprised the hell out of me, actually. It had spice, true, but it had this sweetness and gentle leather as well. It was very, very smooth for 100% ligero. I do have to admit that the cigar looked like complete and utter shit though. It was heavily speckled and vein-y but it smoked pretty well. I didn't think it evolved a whole lot but it was nice and spicy with that underlying sweetness, leather, and a bit of nuts in there to boot. Granted, I'm no professional at this but I found it to be a pretty decent cigar. My only problem was that, even smoking it in the store, it tunneled like it cured world hunger. The wrapper just would not burn at all so I had to correct it three or four times during the smoke. But each time it didn't get that foul relight taste at all, just straight and smooth.

So, in conclusion, for $8~ish (NY price), this is a humdinger of a cigar. Sweet but spicy, nice leather and nuts, cheap price, and strong enough for me, I'd buy it again.

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