June 11, 2017

Protocol Themis Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Cubariqueño Cigar Company is going Connecticut Shade for its third blend, the Protocol Themis. While the Themis will have its official launch at the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show.

The name of the cigar keeps to the company’s law enforcement motif as partners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel both serve as law enforcement officers. It also pays tribute to the Greek heritage of managing partner William Agathis. This is because Themis is the name of the Lady of Justice symbol Themis who was the Titan goddess of divine law and order. According to Cubariqueño, the Themis was the brainchild of Agathis who worked closely with La Zona’s Hector Alfonso Sr. to create the blend.

The blend itself features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The cigar will be available in two rounded vitolas, a 5 x 52 Robusto and a 6 x 52 Toro. Both sizes will be available in ten count boxes. Production will be at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Zona)

Vitolas Available
Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $9.69)
Toro: 6 x 52 (SRP $9.89)

The cigar is a golden medium brown and has a fairly good feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the minimum from the cap was very good. The initial flavors were dry cedar, brown sugar, whipping cream, and black pepper rated at a massive 8 1/2. You especially get a massive dose when you retro hale. 

About 1 1/2 inches in (19 minutes) the flavors have not changed. But, I neglected to mention the black coffee at the base. The massive amount of black pepper may have hidden it on the initial assessment but it's there. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is a buttery cream with some nice lingering black pepper. 

Just past the midpoint (39 minutes) the whipping cream notes have decreased. In their place there are some low level chocolate notes which have some sweetness. There is still the dry cedar, brown sugar, and black coffee, as well as nice black pepper. The black pepper has decreased slightly to around an 8. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. 

The cigar ended at 1 hour 5 minutes. The flavors remained consistent to the end. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. I also smoked the toro size and I preferred it a little more. It had more of the whipping cream notes. I would rate the toro a 92. This was a good cigar and rounds out the Protocol lineup with a Connecticut wrapper. These will be widely available after this year's IPCPR. Look for them shortly after that.

Score: 91

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