This review of the Cain F 654 Torpedo is being done in order to pay homage to Sam Leccia the creator of the Cain, Cain Nub, and Nub frontmarks; this is also being done to re-review that I did back on May 2nd, the same day that CigarPsychology was born. The Cain F 654 Torpedo is one of a handful of cigars that are straight ligero, the capa is a Nicaraguan Corojo, the binder an undisclosed Nicaraguan leaf, the filler are ligeros from Condelega, Estelli, and Jalapa valley. The 654 a part of the face itself, is an allusion to the dimensions of the cigar.

The almost rosado-like corojo capa smells robustly of black chai, cinnamon, coffee cubano, currants, dried fennel, hickory, mahogany, molasses, oregano, persimmons, sesame seed oil, and thyme. The capa tastes of anise, black peppercorns, chicory, ginger, jalapeños, mesquite, mocha, peat, and sea salt; the draw from a forty-eight ring gauge cut is tight but yielding.

From the toasted foot come hints of amaretto, chestnuts, cocoa, fresh ground espresso beans, ginger, green bell peppers, madeira, tangerines, tarragon, and white peppercorns.

From the initial lit draws comes the power of the F, with hints of black peppercorns, chili peppers, coffee cubano, cumin, dill, fresh fennel, habanero peppers, manure, mesquite, ouzo, paprika, thyme, vanilla beans, and white peppercorns.

Excluding the slight canoe on the foot the ash is relatively uniform in one millimeter bands, with a salt & pepper complexion; the smoke is cloud white in color and smells sweetly of Fuji apples, mocha, and sea salt.

Though the canoe has grown, as seen from the recently tapped foot, one can clearly see the pronounced ligero cone; as 85% of the bunch for the Cain F is ligero, roughly a robusto’s ring gauge worth of tobaccos most likely surrounded by secos’ and visos’.

At the five inch mark, roughly forty-five minutes in and the flavors mellow out with hints butter cream, cashews, currants, green bell peppers, mahogany, oak, peat, tarragon, white chocolate, and white peppercorns.

The Cain F is dually full in body and strength, and it’s an ideal choice for a long ash contest. Additionally the Cain series goes to show how one man can fundamentally change the scope and concept of the full bodied cigar.

Furthermore the 654 can last for nearly three hours on a slow draw, and no less than two hours even on a quick draw.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, 20852 as a box purchase on 10/1/10; for 187.20$ before sales tax (6%).