Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

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Cigar Details: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: San Lotano
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $12.55
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Cubariqueno

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the box pressed Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro is medium brown with some fine veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps very well applied. There are three bands, with the primary overlapping the secondary. The primary has a portrait of Phoebe Couzins and the secondary band denotes 1887. The foot has a pinkish-purple ribbon. The aroma from the wrapper is rich earth and cedar while the foot brings musty cedar, light earth and a zingy ammonia note. The pre-light draw brings an airy cedar with a bit of earth.
Seth: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro is finished with a light maduro wrapper. Just under maduro with small veins throughout. Firmly pressed, the cigar has a smooth and silky texture. Aromas of earth, raisins, spice, leather, wood and tobacco.
John: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar has a primary band which is stacked on top of another band. Additionally, there is a purple ribbon foot band, the purple color indicating that this is the Maduro version of the cigar. The cigar also has a sharp box pressed shape. I weighed the Phoebe Couzins Maduro at 13.3 grams, and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 61.4%. Aromas from the wrapper included mild chocolate, sweet tobacco and raisin. Similar notes were present from the foot.
Jiunn: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro has an even and natural Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of cedar and slight barnyard.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a full combination of toasted oak, earth and zingy black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper loses the zinginess. The retrohale has earth up front, with toasted oak following and some light black pepper. At an inch in, the pepper has mellowed a fair amount while the toasted oak and earth remain even up front. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and earth remain up front, with the black pepper right around the middle of the profile. The strength is just above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a solid flavor profile of earth, coffee, dry cocoa, spices, leather and tobacco. Balanced cigar with a great Nicaraguan flavor profile. You can get the maduro aspects, but it really is more of a focus on Nicaraguan tobacco. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third begins with creamy tobacco, followed by earth and spices on the finish. Those spices ramp up to medium-full through the post draw and linger most of the time between each puff. As the first third settles in, chocolate joins the finish as well. As the cigar moves towards the one inch mark, most of the flavors have found a similar strength profile, with the exception of the post draw spices which are still at just over the medium level. The cigar remains consistent for the remainder of the first third.
Jiunn: The first third has a flavor combination of charred cedar, leather tannins and bitter toasted nuts. The retrohale is my favorite part as it breaks away from the char and bitterness. It’s full of red pepper spice and a hint of tart cherries. The finish shows lingering leather tannins and charred cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit more. At a half inch in, some creaminess joins the profile. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth with some creaminess and light black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the toast level of the oak becomes pretty heavy. As the third comes to a close, the heavily toasted oak and earth are even up front, with creaminess and black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is in line with that of the first. Bits of earth, dry cocoa, spices and leather. Tobacco present as well. Nice spice level on the finish. Still medium to medium-full in strength and body. Solid cigar.
John: My initial flavor impressions are creamy chocolate, medium strength baking spices in the center and wood at medium strength to finish. That profile continues with the same components through the remainder of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third shows a mellowed out version of the first third but with one tweak. There’s now a tinny minerality showing up. But the other flavors of charred cedar, leather tannins and bitter toasted nuts are still all there. Strength and body remains medium.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level settles down a bit as the black pepper picks back up a bit. At three quarters of an inch in, the toast level ramps back up. The retrohale is now just heavily toasted oak and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is heavily toasted oak and earth up front, with black pepper in the middle and some creaminess in the background. The strength remained at slight above medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with the second. Cocoa, earth, tobacco, spices, leather and wood. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy tobacco leads off the last third, with earth teaming up with baking spices into the post draw at medium plus strength levels. Like the second third, the profile remains consistent for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: The final third’s tannins spike, creating a longer finish. But in terms of overall flavor package, it’s still minerals, charred cedar, leather tannins and bitter toasted nuts. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Nice burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, with unevenness developing in the last third. By the halfway point, there was a canoe that I touched-up. The burn was consistent for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: The draw was mildly into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1 to 1-1/2 notches.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a full combination of toasted oak, earth and zingy black pepper. The zinginess went away fairly quickly. The second third saw some creaminess join in and the toast level became pretty heavy. The final third saw the toast level dip and then go back to heavy while the black pepper picked up a bit. The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro had an average flavor profile throughout, just focused around the core components of toasted oak, earth and black pepper. It felt to me like a pretty typical AJ Fernandez flavor profile. If that is a profile you enjoy, definitely grab some, but for me, it’s not exciting enough to really want to come back to.
Seth: I enjoyed the Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro. Not overly complex, or even overly maduro, but a solid Nicaraguan blend with some cocoa and earth qualities. Balanced from beginning to end. Solid cigar, but the price and packaging hurt the stick too. Just lacked some of the finishing qualities to elevate the overall cigar.
John: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro started out strong in the first third with dynamic flavor combinations. By the second third, the profile remained consistent and was pleasant for the remainder of the review experience. The draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum and the burn required a single touch-up to correct. After smoking the Maduro and the Natural versions of the Phoebe Couzins, I lean towards the Natural having more dynamic and engaging flavor combinations. The Maduro is pleasant and a good value at its price point, so I would likely smoke it again. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 47 minutes.
Jiunn: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Maduro is not for me. Its darker notes highlighted by a good amount of char and bitterness is too rustic for my taste. I need softer and creamier notes to balance out especially all the char and bitterness. I’ll pass on these and smoke more of the Natural.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.22

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.18

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.15

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.18

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