The Protocol Taser, the third collaboration between Cubariqueño Cigar Co. and Cigar Dojo, is set to be released later this month.

The cigar is a 5 x 52 robusto that uses a Nicaraguan habano cafe wrapper, Nicaraguan habano binder and fillers that include visos from Nicaragua’s Estelí and Ometepe regions, and ligero from Pennsylvania. The cigar is produced at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, and are rolled with a unique double rabito head that resembles the two electrodes of a Taser weapon.

The Protocol Taser has an MSRP of $9 cigar and $89.95 per 10-count bundle. A total of 500 bundles have been produced and will go on sale on March 26 via Smoke Inn. The retailer will hold an in-person release event at its Boynton Beach location with Juan Cancel, co-founder of Cubariqueño Cigar Co. The cigars will go on sale for Cigar Dojo members at 12 pm EDT, with any remaining cigars being made available to the public at 12:30 pm EDT.

“I have been a member of the Cigar Dojo community from early on,” said Cancel, via a press release. “My love for Cigar Dojo has grown with every passing year. The Taser is our third collaboration with them and it is a dream come true. It is phenomenal what we have accomplished together. The best is yet to come!”

The two companies had previously collaborated on the Protocol K9 in 2018 and the Protocol Night Stick in 2019. The collaboration has drawn from the various assets to at the disposal to law enforcement for the names of its releases.

“When the Dojo and Protocol collaborate, it’s electric,” said Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo. “The Taser has a shocking and unique blend that is the perfect followup to the Night Stick and K9,” he added.

Images courtesy of Cubariqueño Cigar Co.

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