Cigar News: Protocol Cigars Announced Limited Edition “5 Families” Cigar

Protocol 5 Families

Protocol Cigars has announced, a very special limited edition cigar called the 5 Families. This cigar is special because it marks the company’s first ever (6 x 60) cigar size. It is a project pays homage to the fundamentals of the company. The 5 families is a project to showcase consumer based cigar clubs. Protocol has chosen 5 Cigar Clubs that support the company and has again partnered with Famous Smoke Shop to release the cigar.

Fat Ash was founded in 2014 by Dax Single and Brad Weidenhammer, but later re-branded 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 maintains 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

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

Protocol Cigars Founder/Owner Juan Cancel and Owner Kevin Keithan note:

“We are excited to do something special for these 5 cigar clubs that support us! For this special project we wanted to do a special vitola. Everyone has been asking us for a 6 x 60 offering… so here they go, but they will go fast!”

The 5 Families blend is described as:

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

The Protocol 5 Familes will come packaged in 10-count bundles with a limit of 100 bundles for a total of 1,000 cigars. MSRP has been set at $99.99/bundle.

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The 5 Families will go on sale Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at Famous Smoke Shop from 1pm to 5pm, 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. If there are any left, they will go on sale via Famous Smoke Shop: telephone (610) 559-8800 starting Sunday, 10/04.

Those interested in this event should note that 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 this incredible organizations, they have no say in monetary support. To learn more about Cigars for Warriors or to make a donation, please visit

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!”

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