Cubariqueño Cigar Co. is adding a new size to its Protocol Themis line, and it’s heading to Famous Smoke Shop as a store exclusive.


The Protocol Themis Corona Gorda is a 5 5/8 x 46 that uses the line’s same blend, with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler. Like the rest of the line, it is predicted at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, NIcaragua, which is owned by Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium CIgars. “I believe this blend shines the best in this vitola,” said Bill Ives of Cubariqueño, adding that he believes “this might be our best cigar yet.”

It becomes the fourth size in the line, which originally debuted in 2017:

  • Protocol Themis Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) — $9.50
  • Protocol Themis Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) — $10.50
  • Protocol Themis Robusto (5 x 52) — $9.69
  • Protocol Themis Toro (6 x 52) — $9.89

The new size will get its launch during an in-store event at Famous’s Easton, Pa. location on Sept. 8 beginning at 2 pm, with sales also offered via Famous’s website, where it is currently available for pre-order. It is available for $9.50 per cigar, or $85.99 for a box of 10 cigars.

Juan Cancel of Cubariqueño Cigar Co. told halfwheel that the initial batch is being limited to 100 boxes, though he noted that there is the option to create more should demand warrant.


Images courtesy of Cubariqueño Cigar Co.


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