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.
Check out my video review here:
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.
Rum, rum cocktails, root beer. Anything not very sweet or super spicy will compliment the cedar and spices on the Protocol.