Pennsylvania, Monday, September 14th 2020
Protocol is proud and excited to present a very special limited edition cigar called the 5 Families. This cigar is special because it marks the company’s first ever 6X60 cigar size. It is a project that is giving homage to the fundamentals of the company. The 5 families is a project to showcase consumer based cigar clubs. Protocol has chosen 5 Cigar Clubs that support the company and has again partnered with Famous Smoke Shop to release the cigar.
Fat Ash was founded in 2014 by Dax Single and Brad Weidenhammer, but later rebranded in 2016 where they brought in David Papp. Fat Ash has over 2,700 members on their facebook group page. Protocol created a Fat Ash Cigar for them in 2018, which has grown to become a yearly release, with the latest installment being Fat Ash Year 3 in 2020.
Smokehouse Gorillas was founded in 2017 by Al LaPeter. They have 1,300 members on their facebook group page. They consider themselves a HERFing Community. Protocol Cigars have done Smokehouse Gorilla events with the club in the past and maintains a great relationship with them.
Distinguished Ruffians was founded in 2014 by Mitch Rockwell. Distinguished Ruffians have over 10,000 members nationwide and with 15 chapters, they are the largest Cigar Club in this project. Learn more about them at https://distinguishedruffian.com/
BOTL PA Chapter, Brothers Of The Leaf is a term we have all heard before and it is a testament to the brotherhood that is shared for the love of cigars. The BOTL movement has chapters in every state. The BOTL PA Chapter was founded in 2017 by Rick Riley. They have grown to over 1,700 members.
Last but not least is the Sheepdog Cigar Club, founded in 2018 by Brian Peck. It is the youngest cigar club in this project, they have about 200 members and a facebook group. Sheepdog Cigar Club is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3). Sheepdog Cigar Club brings six distinct groups of people together (Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatch, Corrections, and Military). However, Sheepdog Cigar Club members share two things in common, a passion for the fine art of hand rolled cigars and a dedication to public service. Sheepdog Cigar Club raises funds and collects essential supplies to support local Police & Fire K-9s Units. Learn more about Sheepdog Cigar Club and how to help out K-9 units at https://sheepdogcigarclub.org/
The 5 Families will go on sale on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at Famous Smoke Shop from 1pm to 5pm, located at 90 Mort Drive, Easton, PA 18040. The event will be held outdoors with the Leaf Cigar Bar and Restaurant working at a 50% Capacity as per PA CDC/DOH Covid 19 regulations. There are 100 ten count bundles available. The blend is a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler. This vitola marks the company’s first ever 6X60 size. They will come in 10 count paper bundles with an MSRP of $99.99. The initial 100 bundles will be available at the time of the event. If there are any left, they will go on sale via Famous Smoke Shop: telephone 610-559-8800 starting Sunday, 10/04. Part of the proceeds of this event will go to Cigars for Warriors. While the FDA has put an end to cigar companies donating cigars to this incredible organizations, they have no say in monetary support. To learn more about Cigars for Warriors or to make a donation, please visit https://www.cigarsforwarriors.org/
“We are excited to do something special for these 5 cigar clubs that support us!” said founder and owner Juan Cancel. Kevin Keithan, owner added; “For this special project we wanted to do a special vitola. Everyone has been asking us for a 6X60 offering… so here they go, but they will go fast!” Nicole Patoki, General Manager of Famous Smoke Shop explained; “We are so happy to be teaming up with Protocol Cigars once again, along with these 5 phenomenal Cigar Clubs in support of Cigars for Warriors!”
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Recently I was asked by to try out the Cohiba Black Supremo from General Cigars and see what I thought about them. I’ve never tried their Cohiba line so I was intrigued. I have other sticks from them before like Partagas Macanudo and Punch, which I had enjoyed so I thought, why not.
Cohiba Black cigars are wrapped in a hearty U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf aged on the plant to produce an exceptionally rich, dark tobacco taste. The filler is Dominican and Mexican with a sun-grown Dominican Piloto Cubano leaf, all of which are aged in palm tercios for three years.
Since it was my first time smoking them I decided to smoke a few of them before writing this article to see if everything stayed consistent or if there was variation between each ones. I am happy to say that construction and flavor are steady through several different times smoking.
From visual inspection the wrapper is mostly smooth with light veining and a good tight seal. The color was a rich dark chocolate that you would expect from a full matured leaf. Giving light pressure to the cigar showed that the tobacco was firm but gave to the light pressure with no cracking or breaking in the wrapper.
The odor from the body is reminiscent of barn yard hay, apricot and of course the typical cedar and leathery notes. From the foot the wet hay smell was more pronounced and then smell of just good rich unflavored tobacco.
The cap cut easily and the construction held well with no cracking and no signs of the wrapper beginning to unroll. The lighting was easy and even. The first few draws tasted light and a bit on the dry powdery side and my heart sank. I took a deep breath and had a few gulps of my water and tried another couple of drags, like magic the dry bland powdery flavor was gone and the flavor set in (this was the same with all the sticks the first few drags just didn’t do it for me but after that the stick is great)
The first third of the cigar was fairly medium in flavor with some notes of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The smoke was light on the tongue but provided plenty of it. The burn was even and consistent on each draw.
The second third was very similar to the first with nothing very noticeably different until
right past the halfway point and that’s when things really start to change. The somewhat light and sweet flavor is replaced by a fuller, darker, more peppery taste. This rich flavor remains through the rest of the cigar, as well as, the even and consistent burn.
This cigar was thoroughly enjoyable from right after the start to the finish and lasted well over an hour. It could easily be smoked with either a cup of coffee in the morning or with a glass of bourbon or couple of beers in the evening. As a very versatile cigar I recommend that you give it a try and see what you think.
Thank you Famous Smoke Shop for the opportunity to try these out.
Size: 6 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color: Maduro
Wrapper Origin: Connecticut
Wrapper Leaf: Broadleaf
Price: $17-$18 per stick or $57 per 5 pack
Rating: 4.6 pints out of 5