Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

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Cigar Details: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona

  • Vitola: Double Corona
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: N/A
  • Release Date: N/A
  • Source: Cubariqueño

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona is medium brown and has a few slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth and barely visible while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. The traditional two band design for this line is implemented with the primary carrying the P in blue and the secondary band denoting the factory. The aroma from the wrapper is a hay forward barnyard while the foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings wood and a light tobacco sweetness.

Pre-light Experience

The Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona has a familiar medium brown wrapper shade leaving some good traces of oil content on the finger tips. Bunch and roll is a tad on the loose end, seams tight, veins well pressed and head finished off with a well applied thick cap. Aromas from the wrapper give quite a bit of fresh barnyard stank, cedar, game and hay. Aromas from the foot tell cedar, a blast of white pepper and nuts. Cold draw gives namely hay and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood and mustiness. A slight chalkiness becomes present from time to time. The retrohale carries much the same profile of musty wood with a light chalkiness. At an inch and a half in, a faint vegetal note joins the profile. At an inch and three quarters, the profile is showing a little effervescence to it. As the third comes to a close, the wood is becoming more defined as oak. The mustiness has maintained its role and the chalkiness is still present at random intervals. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

Initial half inch or so brings smooth, easy going notes such as bread/biscuits. Getting into it a bit more, there’s tannins building on the palate as well as a mixture of sharper minerality and red pepper spice. Retrohaling is pretty intense with the same combination of minerals and red pepper spice. The finish is tannin forward with a long and lingering cedar note. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mustiness has begun to increase. At a half inch in, I’m getting a faint lemon citrus note. At an inch in, the lemon note is gone as some light, dry earth joins the profile. At an inch and a half, a slight char joins the profile. The retrohale now consists of just musty oak. As the third comes to a close, the musty oak and earthiness are at equal levels along with a faint char. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third’s profile is pretty similar to the first third. The profile is more mineral and red pepper spice based. But it also does a good job of having other softer flavors to balance it out such as bread, biscuits, cedar and nuts. Strength and body remains unchanged at medium plus and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char starts to increase. At an inch in, the char has the lead in the profile. The retrohale brings a slightly charred and musty oak. At an inch and a half in, the char has a strangle hold on the profile as it is far up front while some bitterness has joined in. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third’s profile mimics the second third. Mineral and red pepper spice based with balancing bread, biscuits, cedar and nuts. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy throughout. At one point I touched up the cigar as it was getting light on smoke production and just needed a little help to keep going.

Burn

Very good burn performance. The only negatives were the fairly flaky ashes and a couple minor touch-ups.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

This is a cigar that was never released. My understanding is that it is a vitola that was rolled for the owners of the brand during the original production of the line. We were lucky enough to be given these by the company and thought it would be an interesting review. In comparison to the other cigars we’ve smoked from the line, you can tell there is some age to the cigar and it has mellowed the profile from smoking them during the initial release. The first third was good and then the enjoyment level dropped down in each subsequent third while the final third was taken over by char. Double Coronas are an interesting vitola to smoke and are hard to do well as the smoking time leaves a long progression that is tough to maintain a high level of enjoyment. While it was fun to smoke the Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona, I’d prefer to smoke shorter, regular production vitolas.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Good
GoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawVery Good
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The pre-light looseness felt was a direct relationship to the looser draw. No major issues however, as the cigar never heated up.

Overall

A rare and might I say “unicorn” of a cigar personally made for the Cubariqueño guys has a lot of clout. Going into the cigar, knowing its massive double corona size, my expectation was having enough transitions and building complexities to make the three hour or so smoking experience truly worthwhile. After smoking the Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona, the expectations didn’t quite match up, but what I can definitively say is, it is a good cigar. Just like the rest of the Protocol blue line, the double corona version is very good. The only thing that it falls short on is not having that complexity build up and transitions I was seeking.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.73

Cost/Point

N/A

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.00

Cost/Point

N/A

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Protocol Double Corona
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