The newest release for Cubariqueño’s Protocol Lawmen Series will pay tribute to the person who is oftentimes credited as the inspiration for The Lone Ranger.

The Protocol Bass Reeves is a new cigar named after Bass Reeves, the first deputy U.S. Marshal to serve west of the Mississippi River. As for the cigar, it’s a pair of 6 x 52 box-pressed toros that will be offered in two different blends: a Natural that uses an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua; and a Maduro that uses entirely Nicaraguan tobacco, including a habano wrapper.

Both cigars have an MSRP of $11.95 per cigar and are offered in boxes of 10. The cigars are being produced at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua.

“Bass Reeves was blended with tobacco leaves from the different growing regions of Nicaragua. Both were blended to have incredible taste and balance,” said Hector Alfonso Sr., master blender of Espinosa Premium Cigars, which produces cigars for Cubariqueño, in a press release. “The maduro is a dark habano with sweet subtleness. The natural is a nutty sumatra with a delicious underlying spice note.”

Bass Reeves was born into slavery, though gained his freedom at some point during the Civil War. Marshal James F. Fagan, a former Confederate soldier, recruited Reeves, who was known to speak many languages. Reeves served as a deputy marshal for over 30 years.

“We are proud to feature Bass Reeves as the newest addition to the Lawmen Series,” said Juan Cancel, co-founder of Cubariqueño, in a press release. “I feel it truly shows the diversity of the law enforcement community as a whole, that men and women from all races and ethnicities come together to serve the public at large.”

Bass Reeves is the third release in Protocol’s Lawmen Series, which is named after prominent figures in law enforcement. Previous releases including Sir Robert Peel, founder of Scotland Yard, and Eliot Ness, best known for his work during prohibition to take down Al Capone.

The Protocol Bass Reeve will debut at next month’s 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which takes place July 10-13 in Las Vegas. Cubariqueño says it will begin shipping the cigars by the end of July.

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