We've been talking about the Protocol Lancero from Cubariqueño Cigars a lot lately. The Lancero had a soft release earlier this year and is currently available in a few places. I believe the CigFed store has a few bundles left.
The Protocol Lancero is set for nationwide release next week at the 2016 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. Cubariqueño Cigars is also set to release the Protocol Probable Cause, which I reviewed a few weeks back. John reviewed the Protocol last October and he enjoyed it.
We recently had the fellas from Cubariqueño Cigars on CigarChat. If you missed it, you'll want to check out that episode. It was a lot of fun.
Size: 7.5 x 38
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Factory: La Zona - Esteli, Nicaragua
MSRP: $10.95 - available in 10-count bundles & boxes
Samples smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review were provided by Cubariqueño Cigar Company
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Pre-Light: I've found that Lanceros either feel spongy or super firm. The Protocol Lancero was on the firm side, but the draw was clean. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper was beautiful and offered up notes of cedar, baking spice and earth. The cold draw tasted of stewed dark stone fruit and dark cocoa.
Beginning: The Protocol Lancero started off with a nice white pepper spice on the retrohale with notes of leather, nuts, earth and sweet cream on the palate. The profile started out rather strong with intense flavors and hot spice on the retrohale. I've come to expect ramped up flavor at the beginning of lanceros so I wasn't too concerned.
After an inch the profile began it's smoothing out process. The white spice on the retro stayed strong while notes of leather, earth and nuts melded into a chewy "maduro-ish" flavor. This played perfectly with the sweet cream. The balance of sweet and spice was spot on.
Middle: OK, the Protocol Lancero will be in the running for Cigar of the Year. The sweet and spicy profile was right in the center of my wheelhouse. At the midpoint a peppercorn flavor joined the white spice on the retro along with a nice cedar not on the palate. This brought an earthy quality back to the profile and really set this cigar apart from the rest.
End: I smoked the Protocol Lancero until I could't hold it anymore. The cedar note took a step forward in the final third. The profile was sweet cream and cedar with that "chewy" quality and white pepper spice and peppercorn on the retro. This cigar was perfectly balanced.
Final Thoughts: I feel like this cigar was blended specifically for me. Remember the movie Weird Science?Basically these two nerds made their perfect woman by using their computer. The Protocol Lancero is my Weird Science cigar. If I could make my perfect cigar, it would closely resemble the Protocol Lancero. And it very well may be my Cigar of the Year.
Rating: 95 AKA "Box Buy"
In a 10-count box or bundle, the Protocol Lancero is a no-brainer box buy.