Dual Review: Cain Maduro Double Toro

Cain Maduro Double Toro

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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Today, we are reviving our dual reviews concept - below is a review of the Cain Maduro Double Toro done by M. Germany and Zack. Enjoy!

M. Germany: Well, I enjoyed the Cain Daytona so much that I just had to pick up the Straight Ligero Maduro. Then, Zack wrote a fantastic review about the Double Toro Habano. So, now we bring you a wham bam double review slam. Hopefully, this smoke will deliver an equal tobacco love affair vibe. Cain is known for its straight-to-the-gut, power packed, full bodied / flavored awesomeness. Please Cain, don’t let us down.

Zack: Last week I was asked to do a dual review along with M. Germany. This was the first time an opportunity like this came up for me, so I had to take it. We decided to do the Cain Maduro because within the last week, we had each reviewed a different Cain. So I was excited to dive into this cigar because the maduro wrapper is a personal favorite of mine.

M. Germany

Zack

Appearance: ★★★☆☆
If we reflect back, the Cain Daytona, and the Habano, were both beautiful cigars. Unfortunately, the Maduro was a Monet amongst Rembrandt’s. It looks great from far away, but upon closer inspection, the wrapper is sub-par. The cap is sloppily placed on the head, and the veins do not align. There is even a slight gap in the wrapper towards the foot that is hap-hazardly repaired with a glob of rollers glue. The wrapper has very large veins on one side, but it’s silky smooth on the other. On the positive, it is wonderfully toothy, and it dons a beautiful oily sheen.
Appearance: ★★★★☆
The dark brown maduro wrapper is very nice. It has no veins throughout it and has a couple of lighter spots. There are a couple spots that look like the wrapper was scratched a few times, but it isn’t anything big.
Construction: ★★★★☆
Unlike its counterparts, this smoke was much more tightly rolled. There was almost no give throughout the entire cigar. Aside from the cosmetic flaws, this smoke seems to be pretty well put together. When I cut the cap and took a pre-lit draw, I caught a few stray hangers on the tongue. Also, I noticed some very large veins in the filler leaves, which worried me about the burn of this cigar. The cigar lit itself practically, requiring minimal effort, and it maintained a moderately even burn throughout. The ash, unfortunately, didn’t hang around very long. In fact, it fell off the first time I gently laid this thing down to rest.
Construction: ★★½☆☆
The cap is perfectly flush. The cigar itself is very solid, not one soft spot. The cigar cut clean and was very easy to light. The draw was very easy throughout the stick, but that’s what you will get most times with a 60 gauge cigar. The burn, however, was terrible. It was uneven throughout most of the stick and required a couple touch ups. The ash was different, it was marbled gray, black and red.
Flavor: ★★★★★
Kaboom! What, did you expect anything else? This thing is just like all of its brothers and sisters, a smokeable stick of dynamite. Hell, this thing was spicy even before I lit it up. Pre-light I noticed nuances of earth, pepper, and a surprising milk chocolate. Upon sparking this bad boy up, it evolved into dried leaves, more pepper, and espresso. The maduro wrapper really throws this thing into left field, as it almost seems to tame it. For a moment, I find myself thinking that even a novice could enjoy this. Wrong! Second third, Kaboom again! This thing just gets richer and richer, and maintains a medium to full body charisma throughout. Thank god I just had a full meal. Oh, and for a pairing suggestion, Dogfish Head Raison D’ Etre is a perfect choice. You can’t do scotch with this thing, you may not live to tell about it. Surprisingly, the final third calms down and develops into a rich Columbian coffee delight. Hold the cream and sugar….
Flavor: ★★★★★
There were some sweet chocolate notes right off of the light, along with a little spice. Then some oak flavors came out about an inch in or so. By halfway, the body becomes very earthy, without losing any of the chocolate notes from before. There was also a slight coffee flavor that came out. The combination of chocolate and bitter coffee is a flavor that I like. The finish was very sweet and very earthy. There was still a little bit of spice on the finish, but it wasn’t bad.
Value: ★★★★☆
Aside from my disappointment with the appearance and construction of this cigar, it delivers in the most important areas. Flavor, body, and value. It reminded me a lot of the Casa Magna Colorado, which is a slightly higher price point. At under 7 bucks, I can’t complain whatsoever. However, I wouldn’t buy a whole box of these.
Value: ★★★★☆
The way I see it now, is that $6-$7 for a cigar isn’t bad. When I am looking at a cigar of this size, I almost always am looking at this price range. So in that aspect the price point is spot on.
Overall: ★★★★☆
I struggled with this rating, but it truly deserves it. Again, it excels in the most important areas. Appearance isn’t everything, but I do find it somewhat important. When you go to your tobacconist to pick one of these up, which I whole-heartedly recommend, make sure you look at every last one of them to find that special gem. Cain, Oliva, and Studio Tobac in general don’t seem to have any seconds for sale anywhere I have looked. This tells me that they may be mixed in with the rest of them. This is not to say that this is fact, but I don’t see how they could let this one slide. On a final note, this nicotine buzz is wicked…
Overall: ★★★★☆
I loved the flavor of this cigar. The only downfall was the construction. I know that the burning wasn’t due to my humidor because the other cigars I have smoked in the past week have burned perfectly. I think that perhaps the tobacco wasn’t packed evenly. But this was one of, if not the best tasting Cains that I have smoked.

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9 Comments on “Dual Review: Cain Maduro Double Toro”

  1. We definitely do not sell seconds. Quality control is of the utmost importance to us. Unfortunately it looks like this one passed through the cracks, but please know that is by no means the standard. If you saw the factory and experienced first hand how it’s run you would understand. Hopefully the next one has a better appearance. While agree it isn’t everything, it most definitely plays a factor when selecting a cigar at your local B&M. Glad you enjoyed the flavors from the Cain Maduro 660 and the previous Daytona’s. Thanks for taking the time to smoke and review them!

  2. M. Germany says:

    Ian, we truely appreciate your feedback. I certainly hope that I didn’t come off as being too harsh on this one. Ultimately, I was just surprised. Every Oliva product that I have smoked has been spot on, except for this last one. It simply caught me off guard. On another note, I am thrilled to see your enthusiasm for quality. I assume that you work for Oliva or Studio Tobac?? If so, shoot me an email (you can get it from our author pages), as I would love to ask you some questions…

  3. Zackthestogieman says:

    Ian, i too have never had a problem with any prodects from you guys, except for this one. The flavor was great, but the construction just through me off, as you read above. If you want to get in touch with me, my email is also in on my author page.

  4. Zackthestogieman says:

    FYI, Format is Double Toro, Not Corona

  5. Updated the format, thanks for noticing.

  6. M. Germany says:

    Well, with a little intuition and know how, I have figured out who the mysterious Ian is lol. Ian Hummel is on the Executive Board for Studio Tobac. Again, Ian, we certainly value your feedback. It makes me smile to know that both Oliva and Studio Tobac offer such amazing customer service, and a true and honest desire to make sure their customer is happy. Kudos to you and your team Ian.

  7. Two great reviews. I met some of the Studio Tobac guys recently, great guys! They do some good work and everything in the Cain nub lines are really high quality smokes at a reasonable price.

    Peter G

  8. Despite the many, many reviews being put out on these, I have yet to try one. My local B&M is sold out, I’m going to have to put an order in online. Nice review, thanks!

  9. My Review of the Cain Maduro 6 x 54 Torpedo

    The Cain Maduro I had heard some rumblings about throughout the reaches of the Internet. Typically, anything made from either the Oliva family and/or Sam Leccia (Nub) is most likely going to be great. Luck was with me as I found a single box of the Cain Maduro less than half full in my latest visit to The Hill Cigar Co. in St. Louis. Not one to pass up the opportunity, I took one for immediate interrogation.

    This is a well crafted, attractive looking cigar. The maduro wrapper I found to be quite veiny and had a coarse-looking texture. However, I felt that the band, primarily white with red and gold highlights, really completed the overall appearance to the cigar: simplicity with a certain elegance. No issues were found on the wrapper, such as extra globs of glue or a chipped portion of the wrapper. I did find a firmer-than-usual spot within the middle of the cigar. I’ll have some thoughts on that later in the review.

    Giving the cigar a cut and lighting with my butane lighter, I was taken by surprise by my first draw in that it was quite tight. A bit unusual fare considering who the cigar comes from. No matter as I gave the cigar a little higher cut. A bit tight even still but I ended up staying with it and I’m glad I did because about 45 minutes or so into it, the draw of the cigar opened up and gifted me large plumes of white smoke. It simply could have been a tighter roll near the middle which caused the tight draw. It worked itself out and I ended up happier in the end.

    The flavors accompanying this cigar vary: a hint of spice and leather, coupled with a rich and smooth mochaesque-maduro hit to the palette. You can expect that hint of spice to fade after 30 minutes or so. Also expect the flavors of the cigar to relax slightly, giving it an even smoother taste. The last third of this cigar will strengthen the flavors slightly. Nothing that anyone would regret but it is something to note. Unlike the Gurka Triple Ligero from my last review, this cigar is definitely on par as a more standard maduro, meaning a longer and stronger finish with this cigar.

    As for the ash, I felt it held pretty well to this cigar overall. Expect a slower and an even burn as well. My smoke time for this cigar was roughly two hours, fifteen minutes but if I wanted to exercise some patience, I probably could have stretched it to close to three hours.

    Recommendations

    The Cain Maduro gave me exactly what I wanted: a complex, full-bodied, pleasant smoke that made me want another one… or ten. Do not hesitate to get your hands on these should you be a maduro and/or full-bodied cigar fan.

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