Protocol John Doe Series Released as Exclusive to Berkeley Humidor


Cubariqueño Cigar Co. has announced the release of the Protocol John Doe Series, which is being launched as a store exclusive for


The cigar is a 5 x 50 robusto that comes packed in 10-count paper-wrapped bundles priced at $75, with production limited to 300 bundles. Playing into the John Doe name, the company isn’t disclosing any details about the cigar’s blend or where it is made. In a press release, the company stated that it “does not know the origin and has no other blend information on John Doe until a proper identification can be made and next of kin notified.”

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. is the creation of Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, both of whom come from a law enforcement background and who have brought that to the names of their cigars. The company has worked exclusively with La Zona Cigar Factory for the production of its cigars to this point.

Berkeley Humidor has been a close partner of Cubariqueño, as the store’s owner, Bill Agathis, is also a co-owner of the cigar brand. The store was the site of the brand’s launch in 2015 as well as its first anniversary in 2016, being the first to launch the company’s Protocol and Probable Cause lines.

Emails to the company about whether there are plans to add more cigars to the John Doe Series or expand it to other retailers have not yet been returned.

Image courtesy of Cubariqueño Cigar Co.

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