Back in June we reviewed the Sindicato, the flagship release from Sindicato Cigars, a company formed by a group of retailers with the sole intention of putting retailers and consumers first. Today we take a look at the Sindicato Maduro, released back in October of this year. The Maduro joins its Natural counterpart in bolstering the company’s portfolio that already includes the Affinity, Casa Bella, and Hex lines.
CIGAR STATS: Like the original Sindicato, the Maduro is blended at the Tabacos Vallé de Jalapa, S.A. factory by master blender Arsenio Ramos. It features a San Andrés Morrón wrapper from the Turrent farms in Mexico, and from the Fernandez farms in Nicaragua a double binder from Estelí and a filler from Jalapa and Estelí. The Maduro comes in boxes of 16, or is available in 5-packs and singles in 4 different vitolas: Robusto (5 x 54, $11.50), Toro (6 x 54, $11.95), Churchill (7 x 52, $12.95) and Magnum (6 x 60, $13.95). This review spotlights the Churchill.
APPEARANCE: The Sindicato Maduro is square-pressed with a pig-tail cap and a closed foot. The oscuro wrapper is beautiful and does a good job of hiding any imperfections. The veins that are visible are small and the oils and tooth present only add to the wrapper’s appearance.
THE SMOKE: The Sindicato Maduro opens with black pepper but it is soon followed by cedar and a cherry/molasses combination. The mid-section showcases the emergence of dark chocolate with a charcoal flavor replacing the black pepper. The remainder is charcoal, pepper, and cedar with just a hint of maduro sweetness. The ash was a bit flaky but the smoke was plentifull and the burn line even.
VERDICT: The Sindicato Maduro is a medium to full-bodied cigar with big, bold flavors, and while I loved their original release so much that I bought a box, I believe the Maduro is more of a five-pack purchase, though from what I’ve read online I’m definitely in the minority here. For more information on the Sindicato Maduro or the entire line of Sindicato cigars, visit: www.sindicatocigars.com – Jason Zahner