Cain F Lancero
Size: 7″ x ~38
Behind the Stick: The Cain F Lancero is the latest (albeit unreleased) cigar in the Cain line of cigars made by Oliva. The Cain cigars boast the use of straight ligero for filler. This mix of different ligero tobacco creates a very strong but smooth cigar. The “F” line of the Cain cigars uses more Esteli ligero, which is the strongest of the three used in the filler. Although the lancero is very petite compared to some of it’s brothers (the Cain F 660 is a beast!) I’m still expecting quite a kick from it.
Construction: Just as with any other Oliva cigar I’ve ever smoked, this cigar has flawless construction as well. The wrapper is a beautiful, dark, slightly oily, and so well wrapped that you can barely see the seams. There are only a few minor veins and no soft spots at all. Once the cigar is cut, the draw is perfect, not too tight and not too loose, which again is not any big surprise and exactly what I expected.
Flavor: The prelight draw brings hints of coffee, cocoa, sweet (but strong) tobacco, and a spice that doesn’t surprise me from a Cain cigar. Once lit, these flavors only intensify along with that Cain strength. The thing that did surprise me was how much it tasted like a pastry. A delicious coffee and cocoa infused pastry with almond shavings on top and after you take a bite, somebody comes along and kicks you in the mouth and tells you to man up, you’re not eating a pastry, you’re smoking a Cain F cigar, dammit! Trust me though, you’ll like that kick in that mouth. About an inch into the cigar there are some cedar hints developing, along with just a slight bit of licorice. Just about two inches into the cigar and I’m already feeling the ligero’s strength on my lips and tongue, however the smoke is staying smooth, creamy, and even a tad sweet. Just now the smoke off the foot of the cigar smelled just like an oatmeal cookie for a split second. The flavors have stayed very consistent throughout the cigar. However unlike most cigars that don’t change much, this is far from a boring affair. Of the plethora of flavors I’ve tasted so far, there are that many flavors again that I feel I’m missing and couldn’t pinpoint.
Overall: It may seem that in my review I was all over the place with the flavors I was tasting, and well, it’s because this cigar’s flavors WERE all over the place, but in a good way. It was a complex, flavorful, and delicious cigar that I enjoyed immensely. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about this cigar was the burn, but I fear that was probably my fault from the initial light. Nothing a touch up here and there can’t fix though! Lanceros being one of my favorite sizes along with the fact that this was a fantastic cigar would make this an easy choice to not only smoke again but to put down as worthy of a box purchase. Unfortunately like the Cain F NUb, this will only be available at Studio Tobac tour events in the foreseeable future with no release date as of yet. Hopefully though they are a big enough hit that these will be made available as a regular release after the tour in the usual Oliva fashion.
Smoke time: 1 hour 45 min