Review of Cain F Straight Ligero Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
The Oliva Cain F 550 Straight Ligero Habano Robusto cigar is made with a blend of Ligero filler tobaccos from three regions in Nicaragua, and a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The Robusto size sampled for this review measures 5¾ inches in length with a ring gauge of 50. Five-packs of these cigars are available online for about $32, which works out to an average of $6.40 per stick.
The cigar began with a deep rich and very smooth flavor along with a bit of spice. The smoke was full bodied, and the flavor was also very full and most impressive right from the start. For the first 20 minutes, I would rate the flavor with a superior 4.5 points on a 5-point scale. However, the flavor started to drop off a bit after that point as the cigar's taste became more leathery, and began approaching the medium-to-full range. By the last few puffs, the flavor was still a very good 4 points, resulting in an overall rating of 4.25 points.
This was a slow burning cigar that lasted 1½ hours down to two inches remaining. During that time, the cigar had a good draw, even burn and held a long ash. One minor touch-up light was applied at about the one hour mark, but the cigar did not require any relights. Although this was a somewhat strong cigar, it was never overpowering nor intimidating. However, beginners and newer cigar smokers should probably develop their palates and levels of tolerance before trying a fuller cigar such as the Cain F Straight Ligero. For more experienced smokers, the Cain F is a very good value for a cigar that earned a 92 rating from Cigar Aficionado. I strongly recommend it.