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8/23/19

Protocol Cigars Sir Robert Peel Natural | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

"LoFi & lovely."


Cubariqueno Protocol Cigars
Sir Robert Peel Natural

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Rosado
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro, Box-pressed
ORIGIN: La Zona Factory, Esteli, Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium

WEBSITE: https://cubariqueno.com

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NOTES:
Copper pennies & pistachio nuts. Thems different than the norm. Natural sweet creamy 'baccy forward. Overtones are a sweet tangy cedar with tangerines and those copper pennies as accompaniment. White peppercorn. A bit of clove. Undertones? Sure: milk chocolate, pistachio nuts then cashew, boiled peanuts, pinewood. Underbelly is a bit of a grassy vibe in bright earthiness. Sweet creaminess comes on greater in each 1/3.

Tangy minerals & lots of nutty wood. Sweet. Creamy but more acidic than smooth. Crisp & clean & curiously also cloying. These two aspects tangle regularly, knocking the profile a bit out of balance. Smoke out-put is big both passively & actively, culminates in a rather simple but pleasant room-note quite reminiscent of a mellow cigar aroma. Burns on an even line gate-to-wire. Draw is just a half-tick more than open. Ash builds admirably. Box-press slightly+ rounds by char & a half-inch down from it.

Complexities don't hit until the mid-point when pale candied fruits link the citrus & earthen notes. Still, it remains attainable. Some interesting transitions. Not much in terms of nuance as nothing here quite sticks to the ribs. Mainly a pleasant and just entertaining 'nuff smoker which is easy to enjoy sans needing to devote much of your attention to.

Ending a sentence with a proposition is perfectly fine in informal situations; such as the one we now find ourselves in.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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