Following closely behind the Protocol Eliot Ness cigar announced in mid-August, Cubariqueño Cigar Co. has now revealed the Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit as their latest core-line release.
With the company being founded by members of law enforcement, Protocol cigars have centered around policing concepts since their inaugural Protocol (aka Protocol Blue) release in 2015. Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit continues this strategy, this time focusing on computer-oriented cybercrime. Like 2017’s Protocol Themis release, this year’s addition pays tribute to an owner of the company, this time nodding at co-owner Kevin Keithan and his day job in internet security.
Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit marks the fifth release in the company’s core-line “P” series, following Protocol (2015), Protocol Probable Cause (2016), Protocol Themis (2017), and Protocol Official Misconduct (2018). As such, the cigars arrive in similar 10-count box packaging, featuring the brand’s well-known “P” logo in a new green color scheme. Additionally, the cigars are being rolled at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, where all other core-line Protocol cigars are made. Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit will debut in a singular 6½” x 48 box-pressed Short Churchill format, which is set to retail for $10.50 per cigar MSRP ($105 per box).
Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit follows suit from former releases such as the Protocol and Protocol Official Misconduct, using all-Nicaraguan tobaccos within the binder/filler and being topped with a Habano wrapper. However, the former two used leaves grown in Ecuador, while the Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit is Nicaraguan puro, being wrapped with Nicaraguan Habano Rosado. The cigars are set to begin shipping to retailers in the final quarter of 2020.
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