Cubariqueño Cigar Co. today announced their plans for the third installment of the Lawmen Series: Protocol Bass Reeves, set to debut at the PCA 2021 trade show (July 9–13).
The Lawmen Series first launched in the summer of 2019 with the Protocol Sir Robert Peel; differing from Protocol’s signature collection of flavor-forward cigars for the everyman, the Lawmen Series brought a more luxurious experience under the Protocol name. The cigars were released in both natural and maduro wrapper variants, with the concept being to pay homage to “the men and women of law enforcement who spend hours working tirelessly to catch the bad guys.”
Protocol Sir Robert Peel was followed in 2020 with Protocol Eliot Ness, and now the Protocol Bass Reeves, with all three releases launching in a singular size and showcasing both natural and maduro variants. With Protocol Bass Reeves, this includes a Sumatra wrapper for the first time in the series (seen on the natural cigar), as well as a Nicaraguan Habano for the maduro. Both wrappers conceal the same filler components of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos, crafted at A.J. Fernández’s San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua.
Company co-founder Juan Cancel noted in a press release:
“We are proud to feature Bass Reeves as the newest addition to the Lawmen Series. I feel it truly shows the diversity of the law enforcement community as a whole, that men and women from all races and ethnicities come together to serve the public at large.”
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With each cigar in the series commemorating notable figures in law enforcement, Protocol now looks to Bass Reeves, one of the first black Deputy U.S. Marshals in history. Bass Reeves is sometimes thought to be the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, and his accomplishments include the arrest of more than 3,000 criminals during his highly decorated career.
“We added a white horse and incorporated silver into the design on the vista and band because The Lone Ranger’s horse was named silver. We can not think of a more deserving historical law enforcement figure to get a cigar in their honor!” said Kevin Keithan, Cubariqueño co-owner.
The cigars will be showcased at the upcoming PCA trade show, with boxes of 10 cigars set to retail for $119.50 MSRP.