When the Cain Daytona line first came out, I was in no hurry to try one. I didn’t much care for the other Cains. Just couldn’t find one that fit my tastes. But then I heard the Daytona was a less powerful, and more flavorful Cain. So I figured, why not try one. I bought a corona first and liked it. Then a robusto, eh… not too crazy about it. So I went back to a smaller ring gauge and went with the No 4. I liked it just like the corona, so the smaller ring gauge seemed to work well for me.
When I saw the Cain Daytona was in the 2011 Studio Tobac sampler box I was really looking forward to trying it. I had got two boxes (and two samplers), but never smoked the Daytona Lancero. A few weeks or so ago, The Cigar Shop Biloxi manager (Craig C.) gifted me a Daytona Lancero. He knew I really liked the small RG Daytonas and that I was a lancero man. So I thought, this must mean its time to try the Studio Tobac Cain Daytona Lancero.
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua Jalapa Ligero
First Thoughts: Remembering the larger ring gauge Daytonas didn’t work well for me, the 38rg of the lancero should be right up my alley. The wrapper is a medium brown Habano wrapper with a few veins. An evenly applied double cap covers the slightly spongy cigar, but no hard or overly soft spots. The wrapper smells of hay and the foot is of hay, as well as some grass. The one thing I don’t care for is the foot bands. Call it egotistical, but I tend to like to show off what I am smoking. The first thing you have to do is pull the bands off so you can light it. I like the idea of a foot band, they do show uniquely in a B&M humidor, but once you go to light it, it looks like a cheap bundle cigar.
Flavors: The Daytona Lancero starts off fairly spicy, but not a spice bomb. Faint undertones of nuts, and possibly a taste of roasted spiced nuts. Subtle flavors of a creamy vanilla or a chalky malt note at about an inch or so in.
About a third of the way in, the flavors turned slightly less spicy and a little more nutty with a hint of fresh cut oak. About half way in, I started to taste a subtle sweetness along with the woodiness. The spice faded in and out throughout the cigar but never seemed to fully disappear. The last half, the flavors turned more of the wood and nut notes and less spice.
Construction: Starts off with a good and easy, yet firm draw. A good bit of lanceros either draw right on, or not at all. The Daytona Lancero is one that draws nicely. A dark gray almost black ash arrives from a very even burn. Each ash holds for about 3/4 to 1″ each time. The only time it needed a relight was when I had to go inside to help give my teething daughter, Satori, medicine and check her temperature. But, it did relight nice and easy after sitting for a few minutes. The draw and burn stayed nice and even the whole way through the cigar.
Overall: I figured I’d absolutely love the Daytona in the lancero. But to be honest with you, I like the Corona (646) better. Maybe the more flavors of the wrapper in the smaller ring gauge was an overkill for me? Maybe the 46rg is my sweet-spot for the Daytona?
But the Daytona is still my favorite of the Cain lines. A little less power and a bit more flavor in my opinion. Its not a bad size, I like it over the Robusto and Torpedo (which are 50 & 54rg). But nothing really wowed me about this size over the Corona or No.4. I’m glad my favorite of the Daytona line is one of the production sizes.