Cain cigars are a full-bodied brand developed by Sam Leccia in partnership with Oliva Cigars. Sam is also the mastermind behind the original Nub cigars, so it is no surprise that the Cain Nub has made its way on to the scene a short time after the release of the original Cain. Today’s review is for the Habano 460, a 4×60 jawbreaker that parallels the original Cain 6×60 Double Toro.
Going into this review, it is really hard not to assume what the experience will be like. These cigars are packed with all ligero tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the shorter size only magnifies the thought that they will be big spice bombs. Just like the originals, these come with a single foot-band at the bottom declaring “straight ligero” – almost as a warning sign to have a solid meal beforehand.
Before lighting, a quick inspection shows the Cain Nub is packed tightly with no soft spots. The foot of the cigar has a nice earthy smell with hints of chocolate, but the cold-draw is surprisingly light with a touch of hay and no spice. The draw feels a little loose, but can partially be attributed to the large ring gauge.
Upon lighting, the first few puffs are of fine leather and earth, but unlike the original Cain, the big blast of spice is not present. The body is medium with big clouds of chewy smoke, and the draw is actually perfect. After these initial puffs, the cigar settles into a flavor profile of more leather and earth, with some light bitter black coffee and plenty of chocolate on the exhale. This sets the pace for the first-third, and does not stray.
As the second-third begins, the Cain Nub experiences a few burn issues that need correcting, but nothing severe. The black coffee flavor grows bigger and the leather fades as the earthy flavor becomes the most prevalent part of the profile. The body is still medium and the smoke gets a little drier on the throat, so make sure a cool drink is close by. Progressing through this part of the cigar, the flavor gets meatier with flavors of smoked wood to compliment the earth, and there is still a nice chocolate taste on the exhale.
At the beginning of the final-third, the meaty flavors subside and all that is left is the dry earth with a few hints of spice. There is a slight nicotine kick, but not the sweat-inducing power from the original Cain. Overall, the Cain Nub tends to be more medium-bodied than full-bodied, and the shorter size actually seems to take away some of the punch. It is a good cigar, but certainly not what is expected, and definitely will be enjoyed by those who like a big earthy profile.
The Cain Nub is also available in a Maduro wrapper, and has a big brother, the Cain F Nub, that is being released on tour in 2010 so hopefully a comparison review will be on the way once those are more readily available. The Cain F is the strongest in the line, so the Cain F Nub should bring back some of the power that the Cain Nub Habano seems to be missing.
To learn more about Cain cigars, visit their website at www.caincigar.com and don’t hesitate to give these a try if you’re a fan of medium-full bodied cigars. Be sure to read more about local lounges in the area for availability and a comfortable place to enjoy these and other cigars with fellow aficionados.