Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigar Co. Protocol Official Misconduct

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. Protocol Official Misconduct

 

 

 

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announced the release of the Protocol Official Misconduct back in May of 2018.

The cigars are being produced at Erik Espinosa’s LaZona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Protocol Official Misconduct is available in the 6×50 format in boxes of 10.

The name continues with the Protocol theme of Law & Law Enforcement as owners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel are police officers & Bill Agathis an attorney.

The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from Esteli / Jalapa.

 

 

Protocol Official Misconduct at the Espinosa Cigars Booth, 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.

 

 

Kevin Keithan, National Sales Manager stated, cigars are being classified as medium plus in strength.

Initial release will be at Cubariqueno’s 3 Year Anniversary event on May 12th at the Holiday Inn located in Clinton, New Jersey through Berkeley Humidor and pre-sales will also be available through BerkeleyHumidor.com initially.

Cigars started shipping to retailers last May, and were at the 2018 IPCPR this summer.

Cubariqueno also announces a line extension in the Probable Cause line.

Keithan stated that Cubariqueno has added a Corona Gorda measuring 5 5/8 x 46 to their portfolio.

Those cigars will also be made available in boxes of 10 at the Anniversary event, and also shipped to retailers on May 15th.

 

 

Protocol Cigars Current Lineup

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

Rolled in the Toro format the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is milk chocolate in color with a rounded cap and wide open foot. The vitola has slight vein, tooth with notable seam. There were no palpable soft spots or blemishes.

The cigar has a primary band with the iconic Protocol logo in silver with dark grey accents, around the back of the band reads “GUILTY” in solid font. The secondary band is much thinner!

Colored in silver it reads “OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT” in light and dark straight dark grey font, the foot of the cigar has a light grey silk band.

Pre light aroma had notes of sweet cedar and berries, the cold draw produced flavors of mild leather spice and brown sugar sweetness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

The toasted foot has a mild smell of cedar. At first light the vitola is producing some strong flavors of bitter char with light raw walnuts.

A few puffs in the bitterness has dissipated allowing flavors of cedar, mild leather and coffee.

Sweet nuances of cocoa bean and cinnamon are notable background flavors.

Mild black pepper is noted but not overpowering.

The retro gives a FULL dose of dirty white pepper with a mild sweetness in the background contributing to the long sweet and spicy finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

Entering cruise control the blend of the Protocol Official Misconduct has evolved into a straight forward and balanced cigar.

Mild cinnamon and brown sugar sweetness are up front with background flavors of leather and coffee.

The spicy element is in the form of a MED black table pepper dusting notable across the palate.

The retro has moved from dirty to clean white pepper producing a mild sweet berry flavor adding to the long balanced finish

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third all aforementioned flavors have been consistent and balanced. Core flavors of leather, coffee and a brown sugar or cinnamon sweetness have been around since first light with a natural tobacco aftertaste.

Black pepper has amped up to the FULL bodied range, not over powering but only adding to the complex balance of the vitola.

The retro is producing blasts of white pepper evolving into sweet flavors of berries notable on the lips and palate.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction, no soft spots cracks or blemishes on the vitola.

 

• BURN: Razor sharp burn line, the first example had a jagged ash that turned compact in the final third. Combustion was constant and consistent.

 

• ASH: Jagged on 2 examples evolving to compact in the final third on all 3 cigars smoked for review.

 

• CUT: V cut 2, straight cut third and final cigar.

 

• DRAW: Wide open with zero resistance.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero, combustion was consistent on all 3 examples smoked for review.

 

• STRENGTH: Upper MED to FULL, FULL flavored.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Official Misconduct is the perfect edition to an already solid lineup! CIGAR SMOKE has given high scores to the company started by two police officers, and the OM is now archived with honors.

I didn’t get any whacked out cigar geek flavors, instead I found a very solid and balanced cigar that had core flavors of leather, coffee and a variety of subtle sweetness accompanied by the right amount of black pepper that suited my palate perfectly.

Try it for yourself, highly recommend!

 

 



Cigars for review: Purchased box 5 singles

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 91

Size: 6 x 50 Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 

Binder: Nicaraguan

Fillers: Nicaraguan, Esteli / Jalapa 

Factory: La Zona

 

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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