Last year for my birthday I bought a full box of Oliva Cain Daytona 60 naturals, and I have been slowly smoking them throughout the year. After putting them in my humidor back in April, I have probably smoked one or two a month, until finally this last week I came to my last cigar. On that note, what better way to celebrate the smoking of this box of great cigars than to now review one of my favorites of 2011.
Name: Cain Daytona 60
Produced by: Sudio Tobac
Factory: Tabacalera Oliva S.A
Filler: Nicaragua Ligero
Binder: Nicaragua Ligero
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Size: Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge: 60
I took the cigar out of the humidor and inspected the quality of this handcrafted beauty by Oliva Cigars and Studio Tobac and smiled a big cheese eating grin. I had read that this cigar was a true Nicaraguan puro rolled in the Jalapa Valley in the northern part of Nicaragua, but I wasn’t expecting how delicate and silky the wrapper felt to the touch. The sheen was a almost a milky powder orange-tan that was velvet smooth. No wonder this smoke drew me close, begging me to put flame to it.
Superior construction and constant color is the definition of the Cain Daytona. Even though it was a big green gauge cigar, a 60, it was firmly packed and gave off a warm bouquet of mellow cedar-like aroma. I clipped the end with my Room 101 Xikar cutter and got out my bogus ST Dupont Macanudo flamed lighter and sparked up this smoke. Once lit, my palate was enveloped with a bold smoothness of medium flavors that was very constant from beginning to end.
Once lit, the cigar smoked effortlessly and at a moderate pace. I relished the medium-bodied flavor that brought hints of what could have been a more complex cigar, but it didn’t overwhelm my senses. Like all Oliva cigars, its construction was flawless, and it burned evenly as I smoked it. I dare say even the most sophisticated palate would enjoy all of the Cain Daytona line from Studio Tabac for its consistency and flavor. However, once I had smoked this cigar about halfway through, it began to burn much more quickly. I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it far longer if it had not burdened so rapidly.
Not overly spicy, but definitely bold in its flavor, is how I would describe this cigar. Its brother the “Cain Habano,” and its other brother the “Cain F,” are by themselves two powerhouses of cigars, and if you’re not ready for them, they would be too much for anybody’s taste. But the Cain Daytona is their milder sister that can be enjoyed any time during the day without fear of biting off too much on an empty stomach. It is because of its flavor that I would definitely rate this in the top 10 cigars of 2011, and probably in my personal top five.
Like I said, this cigar was over far too quickly, especially for being such a big cigar. It should’ve lasted at least another 20 minutes after I had reached the point where I began to nub the end. Too rapidly the cigar became spicy and the bouquet broadened. The taste was great, smooth, and plush, but it came on too fast, and I would’ve wanted another few moments to enjoy this excellent Habano. I loved the flavor, I loved the taste, but I did not like how I was left wanting more of a good thing!
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