Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

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Cigar Details: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado
  • 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 Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural is between light and medium brown and has some darker freckles. There are some raised veins present, the seams are smooth and the caps 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 yellow ribbon. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of musty cedar and earth while the foot brings a fuller version of the same combination. The pre-light draw brings an airy, sweet cedar along with a very mild spice on my lips.
Seth: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural is a solid and average looking cigar. The cigar is finished with a natural-colored wrapper and small veins throughout. It has a nice press and some fine silkiness in texture. Aromas of sharp spices, stewed fruit, earth and wood. Bits of tobacco as well.
John: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a primary band that is actually a primary band stacked on top of another band, along with a yellow ribbon foot band with the color to indicate this is the Natural version. I weighed the cigar at 13.8 grams and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included tobacco, barnyard, hay and wood. From the foot, I was picking out sweet hay, wood and tobacco.
Jiunn: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural, true to its name, has a natural wrapper color. The wrapper looks good, as it’s an oily even shade of Colorado. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of heavy barnyard stank and funk as well as cedar.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and a pretty sharp black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the pepper loses the sharpness and some earth joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, lightly zingy black pepper and earth. At an inch and a quarter, the earth gains a bit of creaminess. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with the black pepper and slightly creamy earth a bit behind. The strength is medium-full.
Seth: The first third starts out with some sharp spices that are paired with some leather and tobacco qualities. Dry earth is present as well with some fruit aspects. Some cinnamon and pepper on the finish. Hint of coffee beans. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with spices and lingering wood at medium strength, both through the retrohale. The spices start to linger well into the post draw between each puff. Black pepper joins the post draw, moving up quickly to medium-full intensity. As the first third progresses, roughly the one inch mark, the pepper recedes to medium, being balanced by creamy tobacco notes. Chocolate joins the retrohale at the once inch mark. From here, the profile remained stable for the remainder of the third.
Jiunn: The beginning of the cigar is textbook Espinosa. Bold seeded red pepper spice balanced with equally full flavored creamy roasted nuts. But it’s interesting because these powerhouse notes actually don’t subside even an inch in. Retrohaling stings the nostrils with deep, dried red pepper spice. It’s long lasting too (but in a good way). The finish is on the shorter end with lingering cedar. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a fair amount. At a half inch in, the black pepper is now in the background. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, while the black pepper is in the background. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The second third continues with the profile of the first third. Leather and tobacco qualities are present. Sharp mineral spices with cinnamon and pepper as well. Stone fruit on the finish is sharp. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy tobacco sweetness starts the second third with sweet tobacco, spices and wood joining up for the post draw. Some delayed chocolate is present on the finish after a few puffs. Chocolate defines the center of the retrohale at medium strength as the second third continues. Light plus strength spices come into the finish and combine with wood moving towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The second third transitions to less raw spice and into more nuts and hay/grassiness. It’s still the same level of enjoyment but it tastes different. Strength and body remains medium-full and medium, respectively.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit. At a half inch in, the black pepper has departed. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At an inch in, some wood bitterness joins the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth with some wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The final third delivers a profile that is harsher and spicier than the first two thirds. The fruit and spice notes are present, but they are harsh. Mineral notes are prominent as well with the dry earth, tobacco and leather. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy chocolate leads the last third, with spices and wood to follow and a medium strength earth on the post draw. That medium earth moves into the center of the profile as it continues, and takes on a toasted aspect through the post draw. I found the profile to remain relatively consistent for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: The final third’s flavor profile flattens. It’s a muddled combination of bitter cedar and leathery texture. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Burn

Aaron: The cigar went out six times through the first two thirds, requiring re-lights. No issue through the last third.
Seth: Burn was decent overall.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, with the ash holding on in one inch increments. I needed to do a re-light in the second third as the cigar spontaneously went out on me. Some waviness for the remainder of the second third. There was a section of wrapper not burning in the last third which required a touch-up to correct.
Jiunn: There were some issues with wrapper burn, which resulted in a couple quick touch-ups. Aside from that, no issues with the burn.

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Nice draw throughout.
John: The draw was at most one notch towards the resistant spectrum, which puts it in the ideal range for an amazing draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was perfect, giving the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and a pretty sharp black pepper. The sharpness departed fairly quickly and some earth joined in. The second third saw the pepper mellow to the background. The final third saw the pepper depart and a light wood bitterness join in. The burn issues really torpedoed this cigar. The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural had a nice start with a good flavor delivery, but from the re-lights and the pepper fading out, it became average the rest of the way. Hopefully my experience with the burn is isolated, so we’ll see how the other guys score it. Depending on their results, I may come back to it to see how a properly burning version does.
Seth: The Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural is a disappointing cigar. I think it shows the continuous theme of underwhelming Ecuadorian Sumatra offerings, and the question as to why do we have to release a natural and maduro offering with a new line? Protocol has been doing this for far too long. Its tiring now. Aaron, can we just review one of them? I found the Maduro to be superior, and I think that is because they didn’t go to maduro but kept to reliable tobacco. Wrapper problems have been present in so many places, but Nicaragua seems to be going strong. Excluding AGANORSA wrapper. I have smoked two, and I am good.
John: I found the Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural to be an enjoyable cigar, with some fairly intense flavors at times in the first third and the last third largely driven by earth forward notes. The draw was perfect, while the cigar went out on me once and also needed a touch-up in the last third. Minor construction issues aside, the flavors here are good and the price point is good compared to the market average in 2024. I would smoke the Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Jiunn: It’s been a hot minute since reviewing a new Protocol. At one point (maybe two years ago) it felt like it was at times hard to get through them all. Happy to say, the new iteration of the Lawman Series is a hitter. For those that love Espinosa powerhouse spice and softness in creamy nuttiness, not only is this Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural it, but it is a lengthier version of it. I’ll be back for more.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.13

Cost/Point

$2.44

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.53

Cost/Point

$2.77

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$1.90

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.87

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Protocol Lawmen Series Phoebe Couzins Natural

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