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Old 04-15-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Cain F (prerelease)

Here is my latest review on Halfwheel, all pictures, history, and notes can be seen here

  • Cigar Reviewed: Cain F (Prerelease)
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 5 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • MSRP: $7.00 (Boxes of 5, $35.00)
  • Release Date: August 2009
  • Number of Cigars Released: n/a
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 1

This Cain F Robusto has a brown wrapper showing a couple of noticeable veins, but is otherwise flawless. It has a very soft feel, almost like sheepskin, but is thick and sturdy. There is a very light plume around the top of the cigar as well. Seems are barely visible, the double cap is well-applied and the cigar is firm without any soft spots. The aroma coming off the cigar is very minor and almost indistinguishable, but I still pick up some light cedar notes. The pre-draw brings very light spice and a little bit of licorice, but thatís about it.

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Starting off with the first third Iím getting some woodsy notes with only some minor pepper and an almost sweet cinnamon note. Overall it is much more flavorful than the cold draw led me to believe. Continuing, there are some wonderful cocoa and coffee notes and a surprising lack of spiciness or pepper. The draw is perfect with only a slight resistance and the Robusto is producing thick billowing clouds of white smoke. While the ash had started to split apart at the foot, it still held nicely to an inch before I ashed it.


Moving along to the second third and Iím still getting cocoa and nice dark roast coffee notes. Noticeably missing still is the peppery kick that you might expect from a cigar with a selling point being 82% Nicaraguan Ligero. A nutty almond flavor is developing alongside some background cedar notes. Towards the end of this third the signature Cain F strength is there in the background, although the cigar is still fairly smooth.


The final third has developed nicely into a smooth, mildly spicy end to a flavorful cigar. With the coffee note gone, the remaining cocoa has turned into more of a chili pepper chocolate bar flavor. The strength is still there, but not nearly what Iíve come to expect from the regular Cain F line. As the cigar wraps up it is not harsh at all, but smooth and flavorful with chocolate notes continuing to shine at the forefront.



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The Bottom Line: With the exception of the Cain F Lancero, the Cain F doesnít do much for me because of the in-your-face powerhouse of Ligero filler, itís just not my preferred cigar profile. Having said that, the two and a half years of aging has created, in my opinion, a completely different cigar. Gone was the spicy kick of pepper you might expect and the strength is toned down significantly. However, those years did not take away from the flavor profile at all and if anything, the lack of overwhelming pepper notes allowed the rest of these flavors to shine through wonderfully. I asked Dave Wagner if the prerelease was the same blend as the regular release sticks, and save for the extra ĺ inch on the Cain F 550, he said there was no change in the blend. This leads me to believe that all of the Cain F cigars have fantastic aging potential and has definitely renewed my interest in them.

Final Score: 91
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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Great review. I agree aging the Cains does make them a different cigar.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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aged or not my favorite Stick...Great Review
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. Great review
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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great review!
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Good review
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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Great review, but againg them makes them stronger... maybe different with the orginal blend there... but from what i have expereinced they get stronger... maybe i am wrong, just my palate... i actually love a fresh F...Of corse anything Cain F i will smoke cause i am a F whore...lol
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I know everyone is different, but I have never been able to taste coffee notes or chocolate or WD 40 for that matter...Obviously some are stronger, but I look and look for flavors and can't find them...Maybe I should brush my tongue or something?
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:21 AM   #10
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well, what do you taste?
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IMO i think they do lose some spice to them after time. The ones i've had over a year aren't as strong as they were when I bought them.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:40 AM   #12
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well, what do you taste?
Smoke..

On say like a Partagas Black, I get the oily peppery tastes, but have never been able to pick out the chocolates and the coffees or the licoraces on other cigars...

Maybe it's just me, and believe me I am looking for these flavors, but I don't have the pallet yet I guess....


So for now I guess I just enjoy my smoke flavored smoke...
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