Review: Protocol by Cubariqueno Cigar company

Cubariqueño Cigar Company was one of the new companies at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. It is founded by Juan Cancel and Bill Ives and rolled through Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Nicaragua.

The initial release is in a Toro (6x52) and a Corona Gorda (5-5/8x46) as 20 count boxes.


Check out our interview with Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. Juan talks about the origins of the company name.


Vitola: Corona Gorda

Size: 5-5/8” x 46 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Quadruple Ligero

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $7.00 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s samples

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.



“Protocol by Cubariqueno Cigar company is one heck of a cigar for their initial release. “


Check out my video review here:


Surgeon’s Rating: 90 AKA “Box Split”

The nose on the protocol is sweet fermented tobacco with a honey molasses on the foot.

My initial draws release some subdued hay, sweet and light plus spices and pepper. On the retrohale the spice picks up significantly to medium strength and lingers at the back of my throat. As the first third develops I get some light grapefruit citrus and at the 20 minute mark some cocoa to round things out.

The first third profile eventually settles into a creamy cedar with cocoa and finishing each draw with spices.



The middle third starts out as a sweet cedar, finishing as a dry cedar with a hint of spices. At the halfway point the cedar has become quite prominent reaching medium strength. Some leather enters the mix as the middle third starts to transition into the last third.

There is some light earthiness mixing in with the leather and cedar as the last third starts. The leather picks up in strength to eventually overpower the cedar on the post draw. As the last third settles in the profile switches

Protocol by Cubariqueño Cigar company is one heck of a cigar for their initial release. This is an easy choice for a box split, but given the limited production run you’re not going to want to wait to pick these up.


Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

Rum, rum cocktails, root beer. Anything not very sweet or super spicy will compliment the cedar and spices on the Protocol.

Views: 227

Comment by Charlie on October 6, 2015 at 10:26am

MMMMMMMMMmmmmm Quad ligero! This is one La Zona made I've been dying to try!

Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 6, 2015 at 10:55am

Dammit John, ya edited out your cutting/lighting techniques meh

Comment by RobbyRas on October 6, 2015 at 1:02pm

I need to smoke this one...

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on October 6, 2015 at 5:37pm

Sorry Mickey, I'll have to leave that part in next time!

Comment by Charlie on October 6, 2015 at 6:02pm

The cut and light was missing but the killer jam at the beginning wasnt ;-)

Comment by Brett Harrington on October 8, 2015 at 3:27pm

This is one I really wanted to try. All of the reps at the show were trying to get their hands on it.

Comment by Matt Ross on October 28, 2015 at 7:05am

These originally were released at Berkeley Humidor which is right down the street from one of my offices so I stopped by and chatted with Bill for a bit and picked some up.  I wasn't expecting much at all, but I was pleasantly surprised - a really quality stick at a great price point.


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