Finally smoked this well talked about cigar earlier this week. In a word - "fab-u-lous" "sublime" "teriffic"! All the hype regarding this vitola is spot on. Could not believe how smooth and sweet this cigar was. So mesmerized that I let it go out a couple of times. Did not mind relighting it each time. The score for this one might possibly be on the low side.
Important to note and give credit to the place where I enjoyed this smoke. The place is called CCC - Connecticut Cigar Company, Stamford, CT - on Bank Street. This place is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the country. Stellar cool vibe; just the right size, very well furnished, excellent service, jammin soundtrack, you name it. Walking in, you have the retail store area and the CCC's cigar rollers station. Place rolls and sells their own. Cover to smoke here is $21.00 (a little steep to be honest) and will buy you about 3 of their smaller size cigars or 2 of their larger cigars. Other inventory is about a grade B; Padron's/Punch/Drew Estate, Arturo Fuente's etc. I have only tried their in-house maduro's and they are not bad at all. Nothing pretty to look at, but flavor wise, above average.
They have a very nice bar that is manned by attractive women (only one is on duty on a given night) but their service and friendliness is outstanding. Nice selection of scotch and wines, beers. They have several individual leather chairs and at least three sets of facing couches with tables; two flat screen TV's. Well above average to great ventilation system. In fact, every time I'm there, I hardly ever notice any hanging smoke. Again, a VERY nice, comfortable, attractive lounge. They also have a celebrity factor in that Jerry Springer is a regular. He broadcasts his show from downtown Stamford. Love or hate his show; in this setting - he is very friendly and approachable and a genuine aficionado. When I first met him, he acknowledged me and gave a shout out to Chicago; his original broadcast home.
CCC is a MUST visit if you are in the Stamford,CT area and I highly endorse this place. I have several clients in the area and I look forward to hanging out here whenever I'm in the area. They are open to 11:00 pm which is very unusual as cigar lounges go. Plenty of places (good ones) very nearby to eat before coming in for a smoke. You can also BYOB. (As I have posted on halfwheel before, I will always take the time out to give a proper shout out to a Lounge that provides all of us with a place to enjoy our passion. Trust me. As someone who travels over 100,000+ miles a year; there are NOT as many places to smoke indoors as people may think and not a whole lot of nice outdoor places either.)
Final shout out connected to this Cain F Lancero is to Tobacco Grove for not only having these in sufficient inventory, but they do not price gouge as well. I originally ordered three boxes from them. Based on only one cigar smoked, I am going to order a couple of more boxes. Between now and the summer; I'll smoke two boxes and store and age the other three.