Protocol Blue Corona Gorda by Cubariqueno Cigars

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Cigar Specs and Brand

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5 5/8
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Strength: Full
  • Wrapper: Ecadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaraguan & Habano
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Located in Estili, Nicaragua
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Before the Smoke

Look: Very dark and toothy. Beautiful triple cap.

Aroma: Immediate notes of cedar, barnyard, and a very pleasurable sweetness which I couldn't quite nail down.

No visible defects.

Cold Draw

Again, very sweet taste. This time, the cold draw drew notes of pepper, cedar, barnyard, and again--a mystery sweetness on the lips at the end of each draw.

First Third

Immediately, spice, red and black pepper, leather,  followed by cedar and a hint of cocoa.

The draw throughout the first third was impeccable! Sometimes, cigars need to rest in a humidor and age. This cigar was fresh out of the box and lit up.

The burn line had a few waves here and there but the draw and notes were amazing enough to not be burdened by the waviness.

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Second Third

The pepper and spice intensified. I was very impressed with the cedar and cocoa and how they complimented the spice and pepper. Some cigars have a very complex mix of these notes but this cigar had it down to a science!

By this point, the burn line evened itself out. The smoke was extremely dense and chewy.

The retrohale was intense thanks to the pepper and spice kick.

Midway through the second third, the cigar shifted from a spice and pepper bomb, to a cocoa-filled creamy stick. Of course, the pepper and spice were still there but allowed the cocoa and cream to be the focal point of the cigar.

Beautiful and tight gray ash.

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Final Third

By now, the cocoa and cream are running the show. What I found very interesting is the pepper and spice kept creeping in every few puffs–almost to say they weren’t done yet. Notes of leather, earth, and natural tobacco were at play as well.

The burn line was razor sharp. The smoke remained dense and chewy.

The ash stayed intact until tapped.

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Final Thoughts

  • WOW—This cigar has been gaining more and more attention by the cigar community–and for a good reason!
  • I was extremely impressed with the notes, complexity, and consistency.
  • I was also “blown” away by the overall consistency. I have full confidence the next stick smoked would be as constant and enjoyable as the first one.
  • To creators, Bill Ives and Juan Cancel: Keep creating amazing sticks! You are doing amazing things in the cigar community.
Purchase Cigar

Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the choosen location where all Cubariqueno

blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. In  December 2016 Cigar Federation rated the Protocol Lancero #1 Cigar of the Year for 2016. January 2017 Cigar DoJo rated the Probable Cause – Under the Radar Cigar of the Year for 2016.

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