Studio Tobac is the creative arm of Oliva Cigars and is a name many aficionado’s are quite familiar with. Creating such lines as the Nub series and Cain maduro and habano lines, Studio Tobac features a slew of delicious cigars to be smoked. The Cain series started as a release of nearly all ligero cigars, creating a line of cigars on the very top end of the strength scale. They were met with some fanfare, however being so strong really alienated them from a vast majority of the cigar smoking market. Because of this, a new blend was put into works, still utilizing a lot of ligero, however this ligero came from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua, known for being more balanced than it’s Esteli brethren. The Jalapa Valley is known for growing a more medium bodied, floral like tobacco that isn’t overpowering to the typical cigar smoker. Utilizing these tobacco’s still provided a cigar above the mild mark, but it also created a greater balance between flavor and strength, something more cigar smokers could enjoy. Coming in several sizes, today we will light up the always popular robusto size and see how this Cain stacks up to its bolder brethren.
Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa Ligero
Price: $5.95/stick or $124.95/box of 24
Appearance: The Cain Daytona’s Habano wrapper is caramel in color and quite soft to the touch. There is a hint of tooth to the wrapper and some slight veining, though nothing concerning that looks to effect the construction. The cap is applied neatly over the top, the seams are only slightly visible to the eye when closely inspected and the cigar is just the right amount of spongy when lightly squeezed. Like the rest of the Cain lineup, the Daytona uses just a band around the foot, orange with gold trim and Cain Daytona typed in black, a simple yet effective design.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Cain Daytona brings a nice complement of flavors to the nose, including a floral earth, some light barnyard and a sweet tea leaf like scent. The wrapper isn’t quite a powerful with the only note I picked up a simple hay like scent, earthy and light. With the cap removed the draw is effortless and open, an easy draw that should provide ample amounts of smoke once lit. The taste from the dry-draw is quite nice, a sweet flavor that reminds me of banana nut bread with an additional layer of cedar on the finish. The lips are left with a slight tingle from the spice of the wrapper, not surprising as I typically find habano wrappers to leave a bit of spice behind.
The Cain Daytona opens with a thick, billowy cloud of smoke pouring from the head on the first puff, delivering a heavy dose of cedar and pecan with a bit of black pepper at the back of the palate. The lingering taste of nuts and sweet bread on the palate between puffs grabs your attention right off the bat, a great way to start a cigar. Through the nose I pick up a heavier dose of cedar and a very light cinnamon spice. The strength is a true medium through the entirety of the first third, never getting near anything stronger, balanced well with the abundance of flavors at the start. Construction of the Cain Daytona is flawless as well, with the burn line spot on even and the ash holding near the entire first third before I tap it into the ashtray.
The middle of the Cain Daytona mellows in the spice department, with the pepper fading away and allowing the cedar and sweet bread note to really shine through. The nuttiness keeps the finish sweet and enticing, overall a great profile in this middle third. Strength has continued along the medium body mark, not in anyway overpowering and at a point that even a novice cigar smoker could handle. The burn line continues to be straight without any touch up while the ash holds for just about an inch before falling. The retrohale really opens the cigar up, adding the cinnamon to the profile, a flavor that you would not experience in this cigar if you didn’t let some smoke through the nose.
The final third of the Cain Daytona sees the black pepper make a triumphant return, pairing nicely with the cedar that has lasted throughout the stick. The sweet bread note comes through on the lingering finish, a nice combination of sweet and spicy that I truly enjoy. The retrohale has shifted a bit, featuring a nuttier tone with the cinnamon still hanging around as well. Medium is where this cigar stayed from start to finish, a nice even smoke throughout. This is easily the most balanced cigar in the Cain lineup, the others are almost pure strength, what flavor you do get can be muddled by the sheer power of the cigar. This is much more refined and delicate in it’s delivery, smooth as can be with just the right amount of flavor and strength. If you have yet to try the Cain Daytona because of the strength reputation of the Cain lineup, you are truly missing out. If you would like to order some, you can do so by calling us at 800-669-7167 or ordering here.