Cubariqueño Cigar Company is teaming up with national retailer Cigars International, launching the Protocol Confidential Informant as an exclusive to all Cigars International retail locations.
Protocol Confidential Informant maintains the brand’s law enforcement theme, being named for a person that provides information to a law enforcement agency in order to receive more lenient treatment for themselves. These confidential informants are commonly referred to as a “C.I.,” which also happens to be the nickname for Cigars International. Tying the theme together, Cubariqueño has packaged the cigars in a cartridge-like sleeve, made to have the appearance of a police interrogation recording on VHS tape.
Confidential Informant has been crafted in Estelí at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory and is described as being blended by “Héctor J. Alfonso Sr. and Erik Espinosa himself.” And while the packaging description keeps the blend confidential, a press release from the company describes it as having an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers. The cigars arrive in 10-count bundles, offered in a singular 6½” x 52 toro format. Confidential Informant will be released on Black Friday (Nov. 29), available at all CI retail locations across the country.
In addition, company owners Juan Cancel and Bill Ives will be in attendance at three Cigars International locations for the cigar’s launch. This includes the Bethlehem Super Store at 10am, CI Downtown at 1:30pm, and the Hamburg Super Store at 6pm. Each location will be raffling off a custom, hand-carved CI / Protocol humidor made in Nicaragua at the close of business on the 29th.
Protocol Confidential Informant Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited (5,000 cigars)
- Packaging: 10-ct bundles
- Vitola: 6½″ × 52 (Toro)
- Price: $8.50 (single) | $84.95 (bundle)
- Release: November 29, 2019