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12/4/16

Protocol - Cigar Review

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THE CIGAR
Cubariqueno Cigar Co.
Protocol
6 x 52 Toro
w. Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
b. Nicaraguan Habano
f. Quadruple Nicaraguan Ligero
La Zona SA, Nicaragua (Erik Espinosa)
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Construction.
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Woodsy hand-feel on texture. As to weight, weighs a tick less than wood would. Pack is a medium+ density, evenly so, sans hard/soft spots -- does soften noticeably as smoked. Sturdy cap. Tight seams. Fairly veiny. Draw is a medium tension. There is unfortunately a substantial crack running much of the 2/3 and shows binder. Happens mid 1/3. This seems cosmetic, only. Needs a bit of re-touch to get through cleanly. Smoke heats up a tick at quite soft tho not squishy nub. Feels a bit under-stuft particularly in 3/3.

Combustion.
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Burns hot but not too too fast. Quick side of medium-paced. There's somewhat of a cooler temp'd look to the binder burn, as opposed to that of the fillers and top-leaf. Burn is even, lo shy of perfect razor mimicry via slight curvature and occasional ribbon -- neither a big whoop. Ash presents heather grey with some aeration and wideness of ladder-rungs; peeking in there ya can see some medium to nigh charcoal grey. Grandiose smoke out-put off each end gives a pipe tobacco room-note with a bit of underlying alkaline ashiness. 

Flavors.
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Verily earth is everywheres, gentlepersons. A top-soil barnyard manure compost melange. Black pepper with a sweet cinnamon spiced molasses under-belly is forefront. Almost as up-top is a woody/espresso dance which strings from hardwood to Turkish coffee. Stopping at many a point twixt: scorched oak, cedar, then hickory; which begs that coffee, gets the bean first then ground, brewed, and poured. (A tragically horribly constructed sentence, that.) Under-belly is a meaty leather. Right over that is a pipe tobacco. Middlings are sweet grains and yeasty black bread... a fruitcake thing found in the Lancero offering as well. Semisweet dark chocolate is upper-middling and seems to drive up the primary bits. Dark fruit syrups splash 'round hither and tither. As does a root beer vibe. Retro-haling displays a more prominent black pepper with sweet woods in its wake. Roasts and roasts as burn burns. Excellent complexities with some definite transitions to stave off boredom.

Body.
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Dense and rich. Smooth textured, chewy. Creamy. Short sentences build excitement. Titillation, gentlepersons. There's a tobacco tingle on my lips, sits there in a kindly manner. Roasted salt is on my cheeks and lips, penetrating the oily coating. Finish is a long-legged bitter sweetness that ends cleanly after a surprise bit of toasted citrus.

Strength.
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Powerful blend. Send help. Have help bring sugar. Thanks. Tobacco and nicotine are muscular, but not meatheads. There is some kindly yet robust refrain. 

FINAL GRADE
****n/a****
Abstaining till another sampling is sampled.
Construction was too far-flung from Corona Gorda and Lancero.

EDITOR'S NOTE
On this HERE Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz installment, I took another looksie at the Protocol Toro. No issues. Check it out.
(BOXING) Saunders Gets Sloppy UD Over Akavov. Which, you know, makes it hard to hear him when he says he's got Golovkin's number. Led to the ring by one Mr. Tyson Fury, then cheered on by sir at ring-side -- many a pundit feels the decision could have gone either way nevertheless. I don't. Judges saw it 116-113, 116-112, 115-113. Still: sloppy. The last thing ya wanna be against GGG.

Perhaps this lackluster performance could simply be blamed on ring-rust. Billy Joe Saunders hadn't fought since wresting the WBO Middleweight crown from Andy Lee 'bout a year ago. Actually, fans of Mr. Sunders might wanna hang their hats on the rusted theory -- and can do-so by pointing out their man got better as fisticuffs ensued; after losing the first half-dozen rounds by many-to-most accounts.
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