8/30/19

Protocol Cigars Sir Robert Peel Maduro | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Cubariqueno Protocol Cigars
Sir Robert Peel Maduro

WRAPPER: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

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

WEBSITE: https://cubariqueno.com

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NOTES:
Cumin & clove. Cinnamon & nutmeg. Those spices are backed by a black peppercorn kicker, braced by a somewhat sharp mesquite. Stiff leather leads the undertones beneath those top-notes. Then a bone dry cappuccino. There's then a bit of a vacuum twixt all that and a savory compost underbelly.

Moderate nuances and less than that complexities. A very purposeful march of a somewhat souring delivery. Too many notes have sharp corners but that's almost addressed at the 1/2 when a toasted cream enters. Finish is a bittersweet melange doused in soy sauce and on long legs. A bit of a salty mineral lilt happens between finish & next pull.

Burns a tick off-center causing a wavy line which needs a singular re-direct at the end of 1/3. Pacing of burn seems a half-bit quicker than moderate. Ash builds well. Pressed corners round about a 1/4" off char. The selling point of this performance is a smooth even draw. Big smoke out-put smells like the finish tastes.

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

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