Juan Cancel and Bill Ives were among Cigar Dojo’s first members when the app launched in 2012—later inducted into the Cigar Dojo Hall of Fame in 2014. The two cigar hobbyists quickly gained significant followings on Cigar Dojo and other social media platforms and in 2015 they officially embarked on the dream of near-any cigar enthusiast—launching their own cigar brand at the 2015 IPCPR show.

The company’s name combines the ethnic background of the co-founders—Cubariqueño—as Bill is of Cuban decent and Juan Puerto Rican. Sharing an affinity for boutique products, the duo sought help from industry veteran Erik Espinosa and his La Zona factory in Estelí for the brand’s debut release—Protocol—inspired by Juan and Bill’s backgrounds in law enforcement.

And for 2016, Cubariqueño returned to IPCPR with the followup release: Protocol Probable Cause. Probable Cause is the yin to the original cigar’s yang; featuring a savory, Mexican San Andrés wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers (as opposed to the original’s Habano wrapper). The cigars quickly bolstered the company’s cult-favorite status, with a healthy expansion outside their original retail location (Berkeley Humidor) in New Jersey. It was a massive year for the small, upstart company, with critical and consumer acclaim—going on to win multiple year-end awards for 2016, including Cigar Dojo’s “Under the Radar Cigar of the Year”!

Click “play” on the video below to see Cigar Dojo’s video plaque, honoring their achievements:

Contest Theme: Huge Ash

The long-running joke at Cigar Dojo (started by Juan & Bill) is to debate the topic: “Who’s fatter, Juan or Bill?”

In the spirit of satire, we’d like to see your take on the theme of the “Huge Ash”. Whether this is literal (ash contests, etc.) or a little more creative (I think you know where we’re going here…), have some fun and enter to win the award-winning Probable Cause cigars!

Entry examples:

  • Show us the most gnarly cigar ash you can muster
  • Hi my name is Hugh Jash, nice to meet you! #hugeAsh
  • Photoshop Juan and/or Bill (just keep it PG13)
Use #hugeAsh with entries

To enter the contest:

  1. Take a photo that involves cigars and the “huge ash” theme
  2. Post your picture on the Cigar Dojo app
  3. Include hashtag #hugeAsh

Grand Prize

There will be TWO grand prize winners this week! BOTH winner will receive a full, 10-count box of the new Protocol Probable Cause cigars in the 6.5″ x 48 Churchill size! Unlike the original cigar (packaged in paper bundles), the Probable Cause sequel showcases solid, hinged, wooden boxes for better protection. The blend has been turning heads since its launch last year—offering sweet and savory flavors of chocolate, coffee, and red-pepper-seasoned steak! Not only did Cigar Dojo rate the cigar a whopping 92 points, it was also selected as our “Under the Radar” cigar for 2016… Dojo, you’re in for a treat!

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