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Cubariqueño Cigar Company Protocol Themis Robusto

 

 

 

Protocol Themis pays homage to the Lady of Justice symbol. Themis, from ancient Greek mythology, was the Titan goddess of divine law and order – the traditional rules of conduct, first established by the gods.

 

 

Themis will be available in two offerings, a round 5 x 52 Robusto and a 6 x 52 Toro, also rounded. Themis is elegantly wrapped in a stunning Equdorian Connecticut leaf. Its all-Nicaraguan filler is enveloped by a Nicaraguan binder. “We are classifying Themis as a medium-strength cigar with full flavor,” explained Agathis. The Robusto is a completely different animal!

 

 

The cigar was the brain child of Agathis as he worked closely with Hector Alfonso Sr. to create what he feels is an amazing blend. Production will remain at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

 

 

Juan Cancel of Protocol Cigars told CIGAR SMOKE “It was blended to be milder than our prior offerings. Bill and I are more full bodied smoker so we turned to our 3rd partner Bill Agathis. He has a more refined, delicate, and sophisticated palate. He blended that cigar with Héctor Alfonso Sr. The goal was to blend a milder cigar yet stay focused on flavor and aroma, still staying true to our full bodied roots. The end result was Connecticut cigar with a Protocol Kick”.

 

APPEARANCE

 

The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is light golden brown in color showing light seam with minimal tooth and vein. The cigar is rolled in the Robusto format with a triple rounded cap and wide open foot. 

Elegantly designed the primary band is colored with gold foil with a lighter grey trim. The signature logo of protocol cigars is in the middle of the design with “PROTOCOL” vertically on the logo in straight font with a dark grey background. In small font reads “HANDMADE” and “LAZONA” in black on a gold background, the word “AGATHIS” is on the end of the label in gold on a dark grey background. 

The secondary band is thin reading “THEMIS”  block letter font in dark grey on a solid gold background with light and dark grey trim. Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, dried mango and hay. The cold draw produced flavors of vanilla bean, leather and floral spice.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • A CEDAR CHOCOLATE AROMA OFF THE TOASTED FOOT
  • Orange Peel
  • Leather/Cream
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Cashews/Salted
  • Wheat Toast/Dry
  • Honey
  • Cedar/Char
  • MOST OF THE FIRST LIGHT FLAVORS HAVE A WHITE PEPPER SPICE INVOLVEMENT
  • White/Black Pepper/Full on the retro evolving into flavors of Honey/Char

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Roasted Marshmallows
  • Leather/Cream
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Floral Spice
  • Maple
  • White Pepper/Full
  • MOST CRUISE CONTROL FLAVORS HAVE A BITTER NUANCE OF LEATHER
  • White/Black Pepper/FULL on the retro evolving into flavors of Honey/Roasted Nuts

FINAL THIRD

  • Leather/Cream
  • Hazelnut
  • Nutmeg/Spice
  • Marshmallows/Blackened
  • Milk/Dark/Chocolate
  • Walnuts/Raw
  • Ginger/Bread/Snap
  • THE VITOLA IS BURNING HOTTER, MOST NOTABLE ON THE LIPS
  • White Pepper/FULL
  • White/Black Pepper in the retro with a sting evolving into flavors of Cracker Jack Caramel

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • CONSTRUCTION: The Vitola Was Noticeably Soft, Construction Was Solid! No Noticeable Cracks Or Blemishes
  • BURN: Combustion Was Solid, The Burn Line Was Slightly Crooked Throughout
  • ASH: The Ash Was Dark/Grey/Black And Jagged, Loose But Holding Past The Inch Point
  • CUT: A Perfect Star V Cut (See Photo)
  • RE LIGHTS: A Few Re Lights Were Required Mostly To Even Up The Burn Line
  • STRENGTH: Solid MEDIUM/FULL Flavor

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS

CONCLUSION

 

Looking like it’s big brother in a smaller format is about the only comparable family trait the Robusto shares with the Toro, this one has some bite! The filler cut in shorter format made this a Upper MED to FULL bodied offering from first light to final third.

I’ve enjoyed several of these over the long holiday weekend and every one of them were consistent with a perfect transition of FULL core flavors of leather and white pepper giving the smaller vitola an extra zing of power and punch! Suitable for any time of day I’d recommend this after a full meal with an upper end libation as to enjoy the haunting and brilliant flavors to the fullest. 

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: BOX PURCHASE

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 4

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 91

SIZE: 5 x 52 Robusto

WRAPPER: Equdorian Connecticut

BINDER: NICARAGUA

FILLER: NICARAGUA

Factory: Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua

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