Protocol Blue Line Getting 6 x 60 at PCA 2021

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Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will be giving its Protocol line a beefy new vitola at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, as the company has announced the upcoming release of a 6 x 60 gordo vitola.

The Protocol Blue, as it has come to be referred to, was the company’s first release back in 2015, and uses an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper, a Nicaraguan habano double binder, and a ligero-heavy filler blend that uses four leaves of ligero from Nicaragua’s Estelí and Jalapa growing regions, making it a full-bodied and flavorful profile. It is produced at La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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“We had to listen to the demands for a 6 x 60 vitola, so we couldn’t think of a more appropriate blend to launch a gordo than the original ‘Blue’ Protocol, said Juan Cancel, founder and co-owner of Protocol Cigar, via a press release. “We feel this blend will hold up great in a 6 x 60 format,” he added.

The Protocol Blue Gordo has an MSRP of $11 per cigar and $110 for a box of 10 cigars. The new size is tentatively scheduled to ship shortly after the conclusion of the PCA Convention & Trade Show, which runs from July 10-13.

It becomes the fourth size in the line:

  • Protocol Toro (6 x 52)
  • Protocol Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
  • Protocol Lancero (7 1/2 x 38)
  • Protocol Gordo (6 x 60)

This will also be the first 6 x 60 that has been added to the Protocol portfolio, and the company says more are on the way. “The demand for a 6 x 60 has steadily been increasing over the years from our supporters, so we decided to feed that demand,” said Kevin Keithan, co-owner of Protocol Cigars, via a press release.

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