Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona GordaCigar Info

The original Protocol Themis line was released in 2017 and was Cubariqueño Cigar Company’s third regular production line. In 2018, they announce a new size exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop, a Corona Gorda. As with other Cubariqueño cigars, Themis is rolled at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua. The new size is a 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda presented in 10-count boxes. The blend is the same as the original releases and uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

The name Themis follow the company’s tradition of naming cigars after law enforcement. Themis comes from the woman seen in justice imagery holding a set of balanced scales, an ancient Greek Titaness sometimes called “the Lady of good counsel.” She symbolizes order and law.

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona GordaVital Stats:

Vitola: Corona Gorda
Length: 5 5/8″
Ring Gauge: 46
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: La Zona
Blender: Juan Cancel, Bill Ives, Erik Espinosa, Hector Alfonso Sr.
Number of reviewers: 5 Ryan H. (Ryan H.) John A. (Bostoneo) Mickey T. (irratebass) James H. (Keikan Jim) Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Price: $9.95
Age: 7 Months
Release Date: September 2018
Contributed by: Cubariqueño Cigar Co.

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona GordaInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This is a beautiful corona sized cigar that has a golden graham color and little to no seams. There are a few veins running through the body but this just adds a touch of texture. there was one small scar on the wrapper that brought the score down. The stick does not appear damaged so I’m marking it as a slight blemish. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

Aroma: 92

“On the nose, extremely musty old cellar like smell with notes of oak and vanilla give a very pleasing snort. A cold sip reveals similar oak and vanilla profiles.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda
Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

Flavor: 93
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Light-Medium

“A bourbonesque, sweet oak and vanilla, profile gives a mouthful of wonderful flavor upon light up. Although no transitions happen, this remains a delicious light-medium profile throughout the entire third.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“Cold draw is exactly what you get with the appearance, sweet caramel. The first few puffs are like a homemade cinnamon roll, sweet and sugary with that zest of cinnamon. Just enough to tingle on the tip of your tongue. There’s also a touch of hay there but nothing overwhelming or unpleasant. Do you like chai tea? If so, I suggest you check out the retro on this fella. Loads of exotic spices and tea.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“This cigar has really hit it stride now. Lots of cream, hay, honey and bits of cedar throughout.” –Mickey

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda
Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

T. (irratebass)

“Tea note becomes much more defined ed in the second third, cream is still with us adding more character. Very enjoyable cigar. Burn is still very good. This draw is the only thing making me sad about this cigar.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Final Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“All the original flavors have started to taper off and leave me with tea and a bit of honey and hay. Cinnamon is still around but much more subdued now.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

“Cigar strength increases a little. Same profile of tea and cream consistency is strong with this one. Great cigar box worthy” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 94

“Draw offers a decent resistance that you would expect with a v-cut.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda
Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

Burn: 90

“I could have given this a higher rating if it was not for the slight tunnel and relight needed while approaching the second third. Otherwise a nice even burn was the norm for this cigar. ” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

Construction: 89

“Got some cracking along the foot of the wrapper about the same time I had issues with the burn. Other than that, the cigar held up admirably.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Overall Strength: Mild-Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 91

“A very good start the day off cigar not too complex but very enjoyable and very consistent. Nice light and sweet profile that I enjoyed smoking. I would buy a box.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Overall, a tasty cigar when you want something similar to a nice glass of bourbon. Mild-medium in body, this blend exemplifies tasty notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon like sweetness. Easy to smoke from top to bottom, this is an easy recommendation for a well balanced smoke that can be enjoyed anytime without any reservations for a relaxing experience.” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“This was a nice stick, once it settled down the cigar really took shape with lots of cream, hay, honey and cedar flavors. Would pair nicely with a cup of coffee and would recommend this for the 1st cigar of the day. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“This was a tasty cigar! I paired it with a cup of black pecan coffee with a touch of sweetener. I was worried at first the coffee would overpower the cigar but was pleasantly surprised with how well the pairing worked. I would highly recommend this cigar to lovers of light bodied cigars. For those readers who lean to medium and strong cigars, give this one a try. the flavors are amazing and bring you back to the lighter cigars.” –James H. (Keikan Jim)

“A cigar that offers notes of delicious cinnamon rolls while enjoying some chai tea was an excellent way to start my day out. The strength and body started out a bit under the medium mark and held strong at medium for pretty much the entire duration. The cigar finished off on a lighter note flavor-wise, but there was still enough there to enjoy. I’d like to revisit this again with a fiver and see how they compare to the initial cigar here.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 71

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Ryan H. 90 92 90 90 90 83 92 90 92
John A. 85 95 93 90 90 95 95 95 90
Mickey T. 88 88 88 90 90 88 90 88 90
James H. 92 95 95 90 95 100 90 88 95
Doug S. 95 88 95 95 90 95 88 92 92

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Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

Overall Score – 91 – Very Good

Blind Cigar Review: Cubariqueño | Protocol Themis Corona Gorda
Summary
"Overall, a tasty cigar when you want something similar to a nice glass of bourbon. Mild-medium in body, this blend exemplifies tasty notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon like sweetness. Easy to smoke from top to bottom, this is an easy recommendation for a well balanced smoke that can be enjoyed anytime without any reservations for a relaxing experience." -John A. (Bostoneo)
Appearance
90
Aroma
92
First Third
93
Second Third
90
Final Third
90
Draw
94
Burn
90
Construction
89
Overall Experience
91
91
Very Good