Cubariqueño Cigar Company burst on to the cigar scene in 2015 with their freshman release called Protocol.  It was met with rave reviews (including that of our own Cigar Surgeon).  On the heels of that success, Juan and Bill are set to release the Protocol Probable Cause in July at this year's IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV... Where the elite meet to eat...  My old college roommate use to say that all the time.  I have no idea where he got it from, but it pops into my head every time someone mentions Vegas.

Anyway, the Protocol Probable Cause and the Protocol Lancero (review coming next week) are two of the releases expected from Cubariqueño Cigar Company at IPCPR.  Both cigars have been made available early to loyal local shops and good customers.  In fact, the CigFed store still has a bundle or two of the Lancero. 

We recently had Juan Cancel and Bill Ives of Cubariqueño Cigar Company on CigarChat and they gave us the straight dope on the Lancero and PC.  They also hinted at a few other potential releases.  With the FDA watching over the cigar industry like a nun with a ruler, we can probably expect to see a TON of releases come July.

Protocol Probable Cause

Size: 5 x 52

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua 

Factory: La Zona - Esteli, Nicaragua

MSRP: $9.69 - available in 10-count boxes

Samples smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review were provided by Cubariqueño Cigar Company

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light:  The Protocol Probable Cause features the same band design as the original Protocol, but this time they used red instead of blue.  There are a LOT of law enforcement corollaries in the Protocol line.

The wrapper on the samples I smoked was super dark and smelled strongly of peppercorn.  The construction was solid and the cigars were packed with a ton of tobacco.  They felt so solid that I was worried about the draw.  Luckily that was not an issue on either smoke.  I used a .009 punch on each and found a prefect draw.  The cold draw tasted of cool sweet cream and cocoa with a mild black pepper sting on the lips.

Beginning:  The Probable Cause started out nicely with notes of dry chocolate cake.  There was a mild black pepper spice on the retrohale and on the tongue.  The spice started out quit mild and picked up strength as I progressed through the initial third.  There was a nice balance of sweet (chocolate cake) and spice (black pepper and peppercorn) as first third came to a close.

Middle:  The flavor profile in the middle third took on the persona of a Mexican hot chocolate.  The chocolate smoothed out and became a bit more creamy while the spice settled in the background.  This was the best part of the smoking experience, but unfortunately it was short-lived.

The party was broken up by a smokey and earthy note that elbowed its way into the forefront of the flavor profile. The flavor had a burnt hickory quality to it and it managed to throw everything out of balance.  This happened with both samples, but it was much more prevalent in the first Probable Cause that I smoked.  It was far less pronounced in the second sample.  This gives me hope that some rest will allow that Mexican hot chocolate note to regain it's dominance and bring this cigar to much higher heights.

End:  The final third was much of the same.  The burnt hickory note continued to dominate. 

Final Thoughts:  The Protocol Probable Cause got off to a really strong start, but took a nosedive in the middle.  I am hopeful that it will get better with a bit more age on it.  With that in mind, I would pick up a few of them and see how they are smoking in August.

Rating: 86 AKA "I'd buy a couple"

I'll pick up a few in the hopes that some rest will do the trick.  There were glimpses of a great cigar in the first half, so I am hopeful.

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Comment by atllogix on June 23, 2016 at 2:09pm
Hopefully it smooths out. I'm becoming more and more a fan of earthy notes but too much hickory or mesquite is just too much. Nice review.
Comment by Michael King on June 23, 2016 at 2:40pm
I really like the probable cause, almost smoked through a bundle already. Of course my palate isn't the greatest at picking some flavors out good or bad…
Comment by Ky70 on June 23, 2016 at 2:42pm

Nice review Rob.  It sounds like this one has some down the road potential. 

I like the size but not the price for this size (apprx. $2 more than the La Mission 1959 is a hard sale).  With so many SA maduro choices, I'll hold off on trying these.

Comment by RobbyRas on June 23, 2016 at 2:54pm

Garron -  Yeah man, it was more of a burnt woody note than a BBQ flavor, but I think you get what I'm sayin...

Comment by RobbyRas on June 23, 2016 at 2:55pm

Michael -  thanks for checking out the review... it got off to such a good start that I can see it becoming a really good smoke... but when you're in that $10 price range, it's hard for me to justify buying this cigar over others that I know fall into my wheelhouse...

Comment by RobbyRas on June 23, 2016 at 2:57pm

KY! I'm right there with ya... tough to justify picking up more than a few based on the experience I had

Comment by Ky70 on June 23, 2016 at 3:40pm

It sure does look great in these pics though

Comment by Michael King on June 23, 2016 at 4:29pm
I've had month almost a month, hell I'll send ya couple Robby…
Comment by Jeff LaPlante on June 23, 2016 at 5:20pm

Nice review Rob! Good to know if I pick a couple up they need to rest a bit. 

Comment by Juan Cancel on June 23, 2016 at 5:26pm
Hey Guys. Thanks for the review Robby. Robby, sorry the cigar is not to your liking. Just one update to the Probable Cause Robusto which we sent you. The initial soft launch release was done in error as a box press. It should have been a round cigar. The Curchill is boxed pressed and has been extremely well received by those who have tried it. So beginning with the new release starting in July all the Probable Cause Robustos will be round. I personally think the originally ordered round Robusto will smoke better. I could be wrong though... Lol. As far as the price goes we buy things in small quantities and can't get high quantity discounts.


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