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This week we are photographing and reviewing one of my favorite vitolas and always enjoyable brand – Oliva Cain F lancero. In May of 2011, I attended a local Studio Tobac event with the Ambassador himself – Bryan ‘The Show’ Scholle and Dave Wagner – Oliva’s VP of Sales in attendance. Both were extremely generous with different Studio Tobac projects and I was able to walk away with few samples of Oliva Cain F lancero and some. I smoked my first sample couple weeks after the event and second for this review. Both experiences were similar with latter being more enjoyable and ‘refined.’
The construction of the cigar was close to perfect. From visual perspective, carefully applied cap, toothy-free wrapper, no visible veins nor seams gave this lancero high marks right out of the gate. After clipping and lighting it, I was introduced to a perfect draw. Considering difficulty of lancero format, another plus ! In flavor department, wow … if you enjoy spice and pepper, this is your ultimate ‘poison.’ From the very first to the very last puff, overwhelming, in a good way, amount of spice. There were some notes of woodiness and small bits of floral taste toward the end but i can not stress enough the amount of spice. Burn was perfect and did not need any touchups – another extra plus. Ash, which was extremely light in color, was fairly tight and would fall down in 1.5″ chunks.
The last few and frequent puffs to get the last photograph made me realize that this cigar was not only shining with the spice but it was also packing major strength, at least in my case. I will definitely include Oliva Cain F lancero in my rotation and if you enjoy spicy / full strength cigars, consider a box purchase.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua