460, 4" x 60 ring gauge / $6.60, Burns
Sam Leccia's marriage of Cain and Nub lines began with the event-only Cain Nub F, which we reviewed earlier this year. The Habano and Maduro Cains in the Nub size are the first to be widely available through your local tobacconist, though, with the F slated for general release sometime next year. Take a good sniff of this cigar, I got leather and earth aromas on the wrapper along with grass and manure on the foot. The cold draw was typical Nub--flawless--and had a nice sweet flavor with chocolate and coffee.
The first few puffs had a big dark-roast coffee flavor and cocoa powder started kicking in a few minutes later. A few minutes after that is when the smoke started to get really thick and harsh. The Cain F is very smooth by comparison and I have smoked more of those than Habano or Maduro Cains in recent months, so I was not completely ready for the full-bodied assault on the senses that this little cigar starts off with.
By the second third the feeling of the cigar being too full-bodied had passed. I was getting coffee and cocoa with just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness they bring. I paired this stogie with some George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and the combination was a very nice way to spend an hour-plus out on the porch on a early autumn evening.
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