From the Company press release: Cubariqueño Cigar Co. is proud to announce that it is releasing its second blend, Protocol Probable Cause, at the 2016 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer (IPCPR) trade show in Las Vegas.
“We are super excited to announce the Protocol Probable Cause,” stated Juan Cancel, co-founder of Cubariqueño Cigar Company. “These cigars will launch at the 2016 IPCPR trade show.”
The name, Probable Cause, stays true to the company’s law enforcement motif, with co-founders Bill Ives and Cancel both law enforcement officers. Production will remain at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The dark oily wrapper smells like a tobacco barn, and the foot of the cigar smells of earthiness with a touch of spice. The bunch is firm but not hard. A clean clip on a medium box press gives a perfect cold draw.
The initial draw produces strong tobacco and leathery notes, much as one would expect from a maduro. The box press is easy to hold and draw. Plenty of rich smoke is produced with each draw.
Some pepper in the nose develops to enhance the tobacco and leather notes. So far this is a typical maduro profile with a perfect burn.
Paired with a Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, the cigar retains its tobacco and leather notes with a bit of earthiness.
Like with the Protocol Lancero, there is enough smoke for smoke rings from single draws. The smoke is also staying quite cool and the burn is staying perfect. The wrapper is leaving a pleasant tobacco aftertaste on the lips.
The medium to light grey ash is very solid. Approaching the first third the flavor profile has mellowed some to settle into a nice creaminess. There is still a pleasant peppery note in the throat and nose.
There is absolutely no harshness to the smoke approaching the halfway point. The ash is firm and the burn remains perfect. So far this is a most pleasant cigar.
Just past the halfway point the cigar starts to heat up a bit, indicating that I need to slow down some. The perfect draw makes it difficult.
The flavor has developed a sweetness that has replaced the tobacco notes to complement the creaminess. It is becoming the “perfect” maduro cigar.
At the last third, the heat has stabilized and the flavor is still creamy with a touch of sweetness. Only approaching the last inch does the heat become an issue.
A solid 95 overall for this excellent maduro cigar. Joe Bob says check it out.