Terry, Darren, and I got together last Tuesday for another group review. This time we decided to review the Cain Daytona robusto. This cigar from Oliva was a real treat. We all 3 had absolutely perfect construction. The Daytona had a flavor profile that included cedar, cream, nuts, and coffee. It was medium bodied and full of pleasant flavor all the way down to the nub. The smoke time on this cigar was roughly an hour and fifteen minutes. We just loved this cigar and cannot say enough about it. Below, you will find our ratings and the text from our chat session.
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: I had to make it for the Daytona!
Matt: Daytona smells awesome. Slightly sweet and floral smell! Can we smoke it yet?
Terry1: This will be my first Cain. I’m hoping the strength is as advertised and I can make it to the end.
Terry1: Let’s light up!
Matt: Perfect cold draw after cutting and leaves some spiciness on the tongue.
Matt: Don’t forget to remove the band before lighting
Terry1: I’m getting pecans and a general mustiness on the cold draw. The draw is fine and the cigar looks great.
IamDarren: holy cow fellas, i just got the cigar. Let me catch up.
IamDarren: just got my drink, going outside on the laptop.
Terry1: I’m getting lots of flavors. Hard for me to identify them but I’m liking what I’m tasting.
Matt: Love the slightly oily wrapper and seems well constructed thus far. Started out as mixed nuts, cedar and cream for me with a slightly spicy finish.
Matt: Me too! This is a good start. Don’t worry, Darren will still finish the cigar before us
IamDarren: lol, well i might if it is as good as I hope, just starting to light her up.
IamDarren: defenitely getting the cedar right off the bat with a little sweetness.
Matt: You can practically chew the smoke on this one. Delicious
Terry1: I’m getting the sweetness and cedar notes. The smoke is really creamy and smooth. I get just a little spice through the sinus. Great start.
IamDarren: yeah, im not just picking up cedar, kind of a mix of cedar, hay, and a nice light spice. The sweetness comes in the finish and is very light and floral.
IamDarren: the draw on mine is a little on the firm side but it is defenitley packed tight. Burn line is perfect.
Matt: You must have gotten the overpacked cigar this time, b/c mine is perfect. Burn is as well. What about you Terry?
Terry1: My draw tightened up a little. I’m having to take a double draw to get enough smoke. Not a big deal yet. Burn is near perfect.
IamDarren: I had to set up a lamp on the other end of my porch cause the porch light was drawing in mothes like crazy. One almost landed in my Gentlemen Jack and Coke.
IamDarren: Cigar stayed lit… thats a plus.
Matt: I can’t believe this, but my cigar is mild bodied right now. Not what I expected from a Cain.
Terry1: I’m about an inch in and I’m getting something like a bitter walnut note on the finish. I’m kinda liking it. Adds some complexity.
IamDarren: Maybe thats what i’m getting, its hard to pin down. Almost a little herbal. But I like it too. Lots of flavor and complexity from a mild/medium strength stick. I hope it can keep it up.
Terry1: I can’t believe how cool it’s smoking even with the double puffing I’m doing. Another plus.
Matt: Agreed. Mine is building on the flavors. I think it is because of the thick buttery smoke. Just dropped my first ash.
IamDarren: my draw has opened up a lot and I am now getting almost double the smoke.
IamDarren: I am just starting to get a little pepper on the retrohale. Very suttle and smooth.
IamDarren: I wouldn’t even want to guess how much fermenting and aging it would take to get an all ligero cigar to smoke like this.
Matt: I was hoping I could find the answer, but did not find much info on them during a search.
IamDarren: did you guys see the write up in the last cigar.com cataloge about the new methods for harvesting ligero. It was pretty interesting.
Matt: Yeah, Terry and I talked briefly about that before our last group review. All ligero plants being cultivated. Pretty crazy.
IamDarren: Yeah, they strip off the bottom leaves when the plant is young and then the top half produces bigger leaves with more flavor. Ingenious.
Terry1: I’m a little over halfway, still getting the same notes as before and maybe a little coffee in the background. Very nice. Still medium in strength. I’m loving this cigar.
Matt: Ingenious, if you enjoy stronger tobacco. Not so much if you don;t.
IamDarren: I think the fermenting and aging has improved a lot also because five years ago a stick like this one would not have been possible.
IamDarren: I agree Terry, mine is almost the same with a hint of coffee or cocoa.
Terry1: Don’t think I’m going nuts but I’m getting that pecan note I got on the cold draw in the retrohale. The smoke is amazingly smooth.
Matt: I don’t think you are going crazy. This thing tastes like a cup of Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee right now.
Terry1: Burn is still perfect with a strong salt n pepper ash. Oliva hit a home run with the construction on this one. Hard to believe it’s all ligero filler.
IamDarren: just gave my wife a puff and she loved it! lol
Matt: You guys still there? Chat is acting weird for me.
IamDarren: still here
Matt: Yeah, Oliva is my favorite manufacturer right now. Not much bad coming out of their factories.
Terry1: I expected the sweetness to fade away by now. The bitterness I had early did for me. Now the flavors are just melting together into a nice creamy nutty coffee.
IamDarren: the coffee note with mine is still very suttle, mainly just creamy and sweet with a hint of cedar.
Matt: I am just now past the halfway point. Still mild/medium body (slowly heading toward medium). I am getting a little bit of a sour flavor on it, but it actually is an enjoyable one.
IamDarren: dang, I am already crossing into the last third. Guess you were right…
Matt: I have been taking it extra slow tonight. I guess I subconsciously decided to savor the flavor.
Terry1: I must be speed smoking I’m enjoying this so much. I have about an inch left and the strength for me is climbing but still manageable. I’d say still in the upper medium range.
Matt: I better get smoking then…
IamDarren: I am really impressed with this stick. Its like the ultimate yard gar. I could totally smoke it without any beverage. And yet the flavor is great.
Matt: Yeah, this cigar is the bomb. What a good pick!
Terry1: Yard gar? This is one I’d want to sit quietly and savor the flavors.
Matt: Well, if you buy them by the bundle like Darren you can smoke them as a yard gar.
IamDarren: lol, true true. If only I could afford it. These are a little pricey.
Terry1: All this flavor, perfect burn and at a decent price point. I’ll be buying more.
Matt: They are, aren’t they? I would say the price should drop, but the original Cains are still semi-expensive. Atleast for us anyways.
IamDarren: going into the nub the flavors are still great. I don’t burn my fingers on too many sticks but I may have to on this one
Matt: Yeah, this one is worth sacrificing a few nose hairs on.
IamDarren: Im almost scared to try the other Cains now. They will probably be a disappointment comared to this one.
Terry1: I’m into the nub and it’s still burning cool. For about $5 for the robusto I think this is a well priced cigar. I may not be able to spring for a box but I will pick up a five pack. Great cigar.
IamDarren: We could do a box split.
Matt: I have just over an inch left and it is every bit as good as the first inch. Love it. Gonna do my scores now.
Matt: I would definitely be up for some of these eventually, but will pass on a box slit at the moment.
IamDarren: I still have two from the fiver I got so I will be saving them.
Terry1: I imagine this would be a good cigar to age.
Matt: I should make an adendum to the “would I buy a box” that reads, I would buy a box if I did not already have 2 humis and 2 coolers full of cigars
IamDarren: I was just about to say if you are going to give it 5/5 you should already have one or are planning too.
Terry1: I need to make more room too before I buy a box but I would if I could.
Matt: I am planning to, but I am going to have to fill my ashtray several time over first.
Matt: Well, we were due a good cigar after several so/so experiences.
IamDarren: I just put mine down… I almost went in and got a tooth pick so I could get another few puffs.
Matt: You are in the garage, grab a nail!
Matt: It’s not too late!
Terry1: I hate to see this one end but it died an honorable death in the ashtray.
IamDarren: I only go out to the shed when it gets cold. I am sittin on the front porch and its like 65 outside. Great night for a great cigar.
IamDarren: gonna move back inside.
Terry1: Yeah the next cigar we pick has a lot to live up to after this one.