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Cain F Double Toro Cigar

Ligero is a word that is used very often in the cigar industry of both Cuban and non-Cuban cigars. But what is Ligero? Ligero is what truly gives a cigar its strength. Its leaves are the last to ripen and are located at the top of the tobacco plant—the part of the plant that has had the most exposure to the sun during growth. They are FULL of flavour, dark and thick, but also contain increased nicotine content, a maturing or aging process with a minimum of three years before it can be used in blending cigars (this is sometimes argued by “just over two years,” but to my knowledge three years was always the proper period.) Typically, Ligero tobacco is always placed in the middle of the cigar as a long filler (which is due to the fact that Ligero burns slowly.) If, however, the Ligero is placed too close to the wrapper, it will totally affect the overall burn. This is the heart and soul of the filler; the powerhouse portion of the cigar.

Just to give you a quick briefing on the types of tobaccos and their strengths: Seco is the mildest type, Viso is medium strength or “stronger” and Ligero is the strongest! Before the Cain, it was always said that you cannot manufacture a cigar with pure Ligero because it just wont work/smoke well/taste good and/or it won’t burn properly. Before Cain there were double Ligero cigars, but triple was just unheard of. Then again, before Nub there was never a cigar that was 4″ by 66 ring gauge, nor were there any cigars like the Nub. For months people said Nub is a dying fad. Well, sorry to tell you but Nub is still around and doing very well.

What better than a cigar that will last you about 45 minutes with a fat ring gauge, full of flavour? Sam Leccia, creator of Nub, recently released last summer that the Cain cigar made of straight Ligero was supporting either a Habano or Maduro wrapper. Talk about a full body experience! It comes in four sizes, Toro – 6″ x 50, Robusto – 5.7″ x 50, Torpedo – 6″ x 54, and a Double Toro – 6″ x 60. Once again, Sam is challenging the cigar industry to try something totally different and out of the ordinary. Olivia’s Serie V (which is a double Ligero), is an amazing cigar. So what’s stopping Sam’s cigar from being anything other than great? Habano seed Ligero is said to be the fullest flavoured Ligero produced. The Cain contains three different kinds of Ligero from three different areas in Nicaragua. Esteli Ligero is said to be the strongest Ligero contained in this cigar, therefore only 25% is placed into this blend. Condega Ligero is grown further north to Esteli. This leaf too is full bodied, but due to its tame strength it offers complex richness; 27% is placed into this blend. Jalapa Ligero comes from the most north region in Nicaragua and is grown in a valley, but less exposed to the sun. This still results in a full body leaf with a more noticeable range of flavours and is the smoothest of the three Ligeros; 30% is placed into this blend. Lets talk about where the other 18% of the cigar comes from: the wrapper of course. Cain cigars offer two types of beautiful wrappers: one being the Habano, which is a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper “strength uncovered,” and the other being the Maduro, which is a San Andres Maduro “prestige meets power.”

If you’ve read my other reviews, you know that San Andres valley houses some of the most beautiful soil comparable to that in Cuba, and this valley produces amazing wrapper tobacco. I’m sure you are all still sitting there asking: “how can this cigar be so full of Ligero and actually burn properly and taste good?” Well, when I met Sam Leccia last summer, we were talking about the Cain and let me tell you, he really thought this process through by triple fermentation of the Ligero and proper aging and maturing of the Ligero. He told me that Ligero is a very interesting leaf but it’s also hard to get the perfect blend. These percentages pertain to the Cain, Habano and Maduro. I found Sam to be a very interesting and creative individual (hence the Nub and Cain lines.) Sam used to sit in his garage and temper with tobacco at a very young age, taking wrappers, binders and fillers from all different types of cigars and mixing them together creating “wild smokes” He then created the Nub, which was a huge hit. He wanted to create a cigar that was full of flavour right from the get go and not having to wait until the cigar really reached its full potential. Cain was created in spite of having a cigar that was straight up stronger than ever.

Cain F is the newest line to the Cain series and “Force Refined” is what Sam is saying about this cigar. The F stands for fuerte, which is Spanish meaning strong. The percentages have changed slightly to 32% Esteli, 25% Condega, and 25% Jalapa. Remember what I just told you: Esteli is the most powerful, so you can expect more strength from the Cain F than the original Cain cigar, but once again, the Ligero is triple fermented to tame this powerhouse skyscraping leaf.

Lets get to the cigar…

CAIN F 660

  • WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano
  • FILLER: 32% Esteli Ligero, 25% Condega Ligero and 25% Jalapa Ligero
  • SIZE: 6″ x 60 (Double Toro)

This cigar contains a beautiful Nicaraguan wrapper that is very smooth and oily with minimal veins, and had pre light aromas of spice (obviously) and cedar. The pre light draw seemed very easy but offered an immense amount of full-bodied characteristics, perhaps too much. However, like I always say, the proof is in the pudding! Upon lighting the foot with my torch, mounds upon mounds of black pepper flavours rushed to excite my palate. What was really nice was that beautiful smooth undertone of a sweet cream flavour passing through, followed by some cedary notes, which interestingly enough, calmed the spice down.

I’m nearing the second third of this cigar and it has changed… the black pepper has turned into more complex woodsy, earthy, and even nutty notes. Now these spices are not as persistent as the first third, which is really surprising but they are still present, and the draw at this point is effortless. The burn is remaining very good and the final third really kicks it back up a notch. This was the strongest portion of the cigar, very spicy woodsy, but a slight undertone of coffee (which gives you a reality check because by this point the blast of nicotine is sure to have kicked you in the face a few times!)


If you like full-bodied smokes full of peppery spice, the Cain F is right up your ally. A perfect burn, beautiful draw and great construction make this cigar truly a keeper. Undertones of coffee, woodsy, and nutty notes do their best to keep you relaxed, while the Ligero is kicking your ass. Be sure to have a very heavy meal before smoking this cigar or else you might just pass out. Well, whoever said a straight Ligero cigar would never work was just proved wrong!

Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan