For the fourth year in a row, Cubariqueño Cigar Company will debut a new blend to their growing portfolio of cigars. The company today announced the Protocol Official Misconduct—joining Protocol (2015), Protocol Probable Cause (2016), and Protocol Themis (2017).
Protocol Official Misconduct bears a similar blending style to the company’s original Protocol cigar, using Nicaraguan fillers (Jalapa and Estelí), a Nicaraguan binder, and an Ecuador Habano wrapper. Despite all other regular-release Protocol cigars debuting in two formats, Official Misconduct will reportedly be available in a singular 6″ x 50 toro vitola at launch. As with all Cubariqueño cigars, the new blend is being rolled at Erik Espinosa’a La Zona factory in Estelí.
The name continues with the Protocol theme of law & law enforcement, as owners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel are police officers & Bill Agathis an attorney.
Official Misconduct is billed as medium-plus in strength, with company co-founder Juan Cancel describing the blend to Cigar Dojo as “falling between the Themis and Probable Cause in body, with a sweet, nutty, and creamier finish than the original Protocol.”
The cigars are set to debut at the company’s 3-year anniversary event on May 12th, with cigars being shipped to retailers on May 15th. Coinciding with the event, pre-sales will also be available through BerkeleyHumidor.com, with cigars retailing for $98.90 per 10 count box (MSRP). Also available at the event, the company will debut a fourth size in the Protocol Probable Cause line—Probable Cause Corona Gorda, sized at 5⅝” x 46. The new size is set at $97.90 per 10 count box (MSRP) and will ship to retailers on May 15th as well. Both cigars will then become more widely available at this year’s IPCPR show in Las Vegas (July 13 – 17).