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Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigar Company and Cigar Dojo K9 Fur Missile

Cubariqueño Cigar Company and Cigar Dojo K9 Fur Missile

 

 

 

Back in March of 2018 Cigar Dojo, the leader in cigar social media, and Cubariqueño Cigar Co, a heavy favorite in the boutique cigar industry, collaborated to introduce an intense smoking experience that manages to be all bark with plenty of bite! 

Since launching in 2015, Cubariqueño has focused on the company founder’s backgrounds in law enforcement, debuting the fan-favorite Protocol Blue.

This was followed by the Protocol Probable Cause, Protocol Themis and Protocol Official Misconduct in successive years.

Now, using Cigar Dojo and their close ties to canine law enforcement as inspiration, the two companies have collaborated to embody the heavy-hitting voraciousness, size, and grace of the mighty “Fur Missile,” as the dogs have become known.

 

 

 

“This cigar has special meaning to me,” commented Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo.

“My brother-in-law is a K9 officer and has had some incredible K9 companions: JR, Max, Thor, and his newest officer, Arrow, are an amazing benefit to the law enforcement community.

Creating a cigar project to honor these awesome animals and their handlers means a lot to the Dojo crew.”

 

 

 

Packaging for the Protocol/Cigar Dojo K9 Fur Missile in paper bundles containing “10 Units” 

 

 

 

The release of Protocol K9 coincided with a special launch event at Famous Smoke Shop and their in-house Leaf Cigar Bar, where the Cigar Dojo staff and Cubariqueño were in attendance.

As with all other Protocol cigars, the K9 Fur Missile was crafted at the Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí.

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper is chocolate brown in color with a reddish hue in direct sunlight.

At 5 x 56 it’s rolled in the Robusto-Extra format with heavy tooth, vein and visible seam.

The thick and dense feeling “Fur Missile” has a wide open foot with a triple rounded cap.

One band sits on the cigar, glossy black in color it has a white silhouette of a German Shepard.

These dogs are well know to be used by law enforcement for K9 units.

Along the sides in light grey is the Protocol Cigars “P” symbol on the left with the “Cigar Dojo” logo on the right.

Light grey accents circle the band and K9 logo with “LA ZONA” denoting the factory in Nicaragua where the Fur Missile is produced.

Pre-light aroma had notes of brownies, pumpernickel bread and cocoa.

The cold draw produced flavors of dried fruit, cedar and damp musty earth.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of warm chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot.

Initial flavors of cedar wood char and mild orange peel.

Once the blend settles in identifiable flavors of chocolate, espresso and cedar.

Background flavors of raw walnuts, leather and earth.

The spicy element is in the form of straight FULL black pepper giving the K9 a nice kick with a perfect balance.

A sting of wasabi on the retro-hale with an icy flavor of chocolate.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half flavors of cedar with a mild char, chocolate, black coffee and malt are up front and on point.

Background flavors of earth, cocoa bean and roasted nuts are blending in with all aforementioned flavors.

The spicy element has maintained consistency with FULL doses of black pepper notable on all areas of the palate with a bit of a throat punch.

The retro-hale is firing on all thrusters with a sting of wasabi and white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of dark chocolate and coffee.

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third the K9 Fur Missile is keeping on point with a hint of cedar char, black coffee, smeared dark chocolate and creamy malt.

Chocolate has been a consistent, it’s almost like licking the spoon when your mom frosts a chocolate a cake!

The background profile has been balanced since first light with flavors of roasted nuts, creamy leather with a bite and cedar char producing a mild coating of maple sweetness.

The black pepper has morphed to straight MED balancing in with all aforementioned flavors notable on all areas of the palate.

The retro-hale has increased to FULL clean white pepper producing a long finish of chocolate and cedar.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid and well packed the Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper was toothy with no palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes and extremely well constructed.

 

• BURN: The burn line straight and circular with a thick round carbon line. A continuous smolder of wrapper, binder and filler produced consistent and consistent combustion throughout the entire smoking duration.

 

• ASH: A very impressive salt and peppered colored ash was thick and solid holding two inches-plus requiring force to tap off.

 

• CUT: V-cut all examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: A perfect milkshake type draw produced an adequate amount of thick dense smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch for was used for adequate combustion of the large Robusto.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED-PLUS to FULL bodied wheelhouse.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Selling out the day it was launched the K9 Fur Missile is a perfect example of the products being produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli Nicaragua.

Core flavors of chocolate, coffee, rich cedar and malt were up front and easily identifiable.

Construction was solid with consistent combustion throughout all three smoking stages.

It’s presented in 10 count easily stored paper bundles.

Keeping with the law enforcement theme the K9 Fur Missile was quite the little pepper bomb producing the perfect balance of bark with the right amount of bite!

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Cubariqueño Cigar Company and Cigar Dojo K9 Fur Missile

Cigars for review: Bundle acquired through trades

Cigar smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 56 Robusto Extra (Fur Missile)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: 300 10 count bundles, 3,000 cigars total

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona

Original release date: March 23, 2018

News source: Press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke 

 

 

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
Toar Campbell

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