Cain Habano Cigars
The Cain Habano is a cigar that is definitely not for the faint of heart. They are Nicaraguan puros introduced in 2009 and made for and sold by the infamous Oliva Cigar Company. Rich and spicy Nicaraguan Habano wrappers hold together a mind-blowing combination of robust Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, including triple-fermented ligero leaves from Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega. Blender Sam Leccia, who also introduced Nub cigars, was careful to use 82% ligero—rather than 100%--to ensure proper combustion and burn.
The cigars are very clean and solid, wearing only a simple foot band. The draw is firm, but brings forth ample amounts of strong, spicy smoke to overwhelm the palate with woodsy goodness. The taste is rich and bold, laced with hints of chocolate and nuts. As powerful as the Cain cigars are, they are complex and very balanced, concluding each draw with a clean finish and leaving the taste buds screaming for more.
The phrase “hurts so good” without a doubt applies to these bold powerhouses. Only experienced smokers will be able to enjoy the potent, yet complex flavors that make the Cain Habano what it is. Not to ever be smoked on an empty stomach, these hardcore sticks make for fantastic evening smokes and pair great with a Tawny Port or a full-bodied beer. Comparable cigars include Oliva Serie V and La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, both powerhouse cigars using the seemingly taboo “x-rated” ligero tobaccos. Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone to experience the best of what life has to offer. Cain Habano isn't a bad place to start.
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