Protocol is releasing a limited edition cigar called the 5 Families. It’s the first 6×60 cigar that Protocol ever released. The 5 Families are 5 cigar groups that have supported Protocol from the beginning. This limited edition cigar, only available through Famous Smoke Shop, is a thank you to those groups.
Fat Ash was founded in 2014 by Dax Shingle and Brad Weidenhammer but later rebranded in 2016 where they brought in David Papp. Fat Ash has over 2,700 members on their Facebook group page. Protocol created a Fat Ash Cigar for them in 2018, which has grown to become a yearly release, with the latest installment being Fat Ash Year 3 in 2020.
Smokehouse Gorillas was founded in 2017 by Al LaPeter. They have 1,300 members on their Facebook group page. They consider themselves a HERFing Community. Protocol Cigars have done Smokehouse Gorilla events with the club in the past and maintain a great relationship with them.
Distinguished Ruffians was founded in 2014 by Mitch Rockwell. Distinguished Ruffians have over 10,000 members nationwide and with 15 chapters, they are the largest Cigar Club in this project. Learn more about them at https://distinguishedruffian.com/
BOTL PA Chapter, Brothers Of The Leaf is a term we have all heard before and it is a testament to the brotherhood that is shared for the love of cigars. The BOTL movement has chapters in every state. The BOTL PA Chapter was founded in 2017 by Rick Riley. They have grown to over 1,700 members.
Last but not least is the Sheepdog Cigar Club, founded in 2018 by Brian Peck. It is the youngest cigar club in this project, they have about 200 members and a Facebook group. Sheepdog Cigar Club is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3). Sheepdog Cigar Club brings six distinct groups of people together (Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatch, Corrections, and Military). However, Sheepdog Cigar Club members share two things in common, a passion for the fine art of hand-rolled cigars and a dedication to public service. Sheepdog Cigar Club raises funds and collects essential supplies to support local Police & Fire K-9s Units. Learn more about Sheepdog Cigar Club and how to help out K-9 units at https://sheepdogcigarclub.org/
The 5 Families will go on sale on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at Famous Smoke Shop from 1 pm to 5 pm, located at 90 Mort Drive, Easton, PA 18040. The event will be held outdoors with the Leaf Cigar Bar and Restaurant working at a 50% Capacity as per PA CDC/DOH Covid 19 regulations. There are 100 ten count bundles available. They will come in 10 count paper bundles with an MSRP of $99.99. The initial 100 bundles will be available at the time of the event. If there are any left, they will go on sale via Famous Smoke Shop: Part of the proceeds of this event will go to Cigars for Warriors. While the FDA has put an end to cigar companies donating cigars to these incredible organizations, they have no say in monetary support.
“We are excited to do something special for these 5 cigar clubs that support us!” said founder and owner Juan Cancel. Kevin Keithan, co-owner added; “For this special project we wanted to do a special vitola. Everyone has been asking us for a 6X60 offering… so here they go, but they will go fast!” Nicole Patoki, General Manager of Famous Smoke Shop explained; “We are so happy to be teaming up with Protocol Cigars once again, along with these 5 phenomenal Cigar Clubs in support of Cigars for Warriors!”
As mentioned, Protocol is releasing a limited edition cigar. It is the first Gordo from Protocol ever. It’s a 6×60. The filler and binder come from Nicaragua. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. As usual, the cigar is made at Erik Espinosa’s Tabacalera La Zona in downtown Esteli, Nicaragua. Tabacalera La Zona is responsible for the production of all other Protocol cigars as well.