I’m Not Impressed – this cigar Doesn’t Ring My Bells! Wait, we have some winners!

I guess the title speaks for its self, but I will say it any way! With regard to the cigars that I am reviewing in this post, I am not impressed! Each of these cigars doesn’t ring my bells. I typically check out other reviews after I’ve done mine to see what others impressions were and with regard to both of these cigars, others thought much more highly of them than I did!

Cigars are subjective and each individual gleans something different from them, so with that in mind, feel free to check out other reviews (after you check out mine). What I might consider terrible, others may think is the best cigar they ever had.

I can’t stand liver, but there are those out there that love it! I like anchovies on my pizza….. others don’t!

The Torano Vault P044

This was not a bad stick, and it burned well!

I prefer to have some complexity in my cigar and for the biggest part, all I got with this stick was leather, from beginning to end. I checked out other reviewers who said that they picked up some spice, I never did!

I’ve smoked a lot of different cigars, particularly since I started this blog and that being the case, when I think about purchasing a $6 stick, there are others that come to mind which I know I will enjoy more than the Torano! For another buck, I can have a Carrillo Dusk, which I know I will enjoy immensely!

I really can’t think of much else to say about this stick, the only word I’ve is “Leather”!

Protocol Corona Gorda Blue

pic of me holding a Protocol Corona Gorda "Blue"

Protocol Corona Gorda “Blue”

The second cigar I reviewed for this post is the Protocol Blue, by the Cubariqueño Cigar Company, owned by Juan Cancel and Bill Ives.

I’ve been calling this the “Blue”, but in actuality it is called the Corona Gorda for those who are checking.

All of the Protocol cigars are produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

A little about the Blend:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Includes Quadruple Ligero (Jalapa, Esteli)

To tell the truth folks, I did not enjoy the Protocol Blue! I had a hard time keeping it lit and had to touch it up a couple of times. touching it up, would not discourage me, but I really hate when it keeps going out!

Incase You Do Want To Check em Out, Click The Pic

Pic of a box of Protocol Corona Gorda Blue

Some other things that turned me off with the Blue, was that the ash was a dirty gray and flaked throughout. It was actually splitting by the time I was in about a half an inch.

This is an in your face cigar with way too much pepper for my taste!

I just decided to do something different (as if slamming cigars, wasn’t different enough; for me)

I am going to run over to The Cigar Shoppe in Ellwood City and smoke at least one more Cubariqueño Cigar, maybe two, even though I tried the Probable Cause the other day and enjoyed it. But in the interest of being fair, I will try the Themis, who is the Lady of Justice whom you will often see in court houses and sometime on police cars. And I am going to video it, so you will get an honest picture of their cigars.

Protocol Themis

The name Themis keeps to the company’s law enforcement motif as partners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel both serve as law enforcement officers. It also pays tribute to the Greek heritage of managing partner William Agathis. (a quote from Cigar Coop)

I am really enjoying this stick and can already recommend it! to me the contrast between this and the Protocol Blue, is the difference between night and day. If you run across one of these, definitely give it a try, you won’t regret it!

Click The Pic To Get Some Themis

Pic of a box of Protocol Themis

Once again, I remind you that just because I don’t like a particular stick, that doesn’t mean you won’t!

A little about the Themis:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: (undisclosed) Nicaraguan

The Themis is a smooth creamy nutty with a bit of citrus smoke that is pleasing to the pallet. There is a little black pepper, but by no means does it diminish the flavor.

I would have liked to have had a cup of coffee or a mocha with this cigar, think it would have been a great complement to the experience.

I am pretty sure that when the opportunity arises, this will be a stick that I won’t walk by.

Protocol Probable Cause

Another nice stick by Protocol. I am glad I reconsidered how I was going to do this post, because this is another nice stick that I might have passed by! I actually smoked one of these the other day, but was with some friends and not paying much attention.

Pic of a box of Protocol Probable Cause

The Probable Cause has a nice chocolaty smell on the wrapper, which translates through the cold draw and is easily distinguishable on the initial light and continues throughout the cigar.

I also picked up notes of coffee, which blended with the chocolate created a mocha flavor in the second third. There is some black pepper and mild earthy tones.

The burn was perfect as was the draw.

About the blend:

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Usually the wrapper doesn’t play a huge role in the overall taste, but I suspect that the chocolate and coffee is derived there.

I like this stick and would probably recommend it as an after dinner smoke.

Maybe I was a bit hasty

my humble apologies to Cubariqueño Cigar Company, maybe I was a bit hastey. I didn’t care for the Corona Gorda (Blue), but the Protocol Themis and the Probable Cause have definitely changed my opinion of these guys.

With regard to the Torino Vault and Protocol Corona Gorda (Blue) I’m not impressed – doesn’t ring my bells.

As I’ve said a few times throughout this post: my experience, may be different from yours. Everyone has different tastes!

Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

I encourage y’all to drop a line and tell me about a cigar that you think is awesome, or even one that you thought sucked!


    • Thanks for checking out my post: I’m not impressed – doesn’t ring my bells Rich. Yep the Themis is an awesome cigar, and will be on my goto list any time I run across them.
      I saw your event post, looks like it drew a pretty good crowd?

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