The Protocol brand will soon have a new core line, as today the company announced the release of the Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit.

The new line is a Nicaraguan puro featuring a habano rosado wrapper, with production handled at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It will debut in a 6 1/2 x 48 box pressed short Churchill vitola that has an MSRP of $10.50 per cigar before taxes and will be offered in 10-count boxes.

In keeping with Protocol’s theme of using law enforcement terms for its cigars, the new line’s name comes fro the day job of company co-owner Kevin Keithan, who works in internet security. “Kevin is a great addition to Protocol Cigars,” said Juan Cancel, co-owner of the company. “Ever since Kevin has stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight, we wanted to do a special Protocol Cigar line in his honor. I can’t think of anything more fitting than the Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit.”

Cancel added that the cigar is “creamy and smooth yet a good punch in the mouth.”

In a press release, the company said that the Protocol Cyber Crimes Unit is done “to honor those that protect the world from cyber criminals,” adding that the mission of such squads is “to conduct and assist in investigations where computers, networks, telecommunication devices, and other technological instruments are the vehicle or target for the commission of criminal acts against network resources critical to the function of corporate or government entities.”

It becomes the fifth regular production cigar in Protocol’s portfolio, joining the original Protocol line, Probable Cause, Themis and Official Misconduct. The company also has a series that features notable law enforcement officers, the Lawmen Series, which just added a new cigar honoring Eliot Ness.

Images courtesy of Protocol Cigars.

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