Sindicato is a brand that I personally, just became familiar with at the 2014 IPCPR. And I was impressed with the cigars I had for sure. The Affinity is an excellent Connecticut! Just a personal recommendation for anybody looking great $6-7 connie. But, moving on, today we are reviewing the Sindicato Miami Edition.
The Sindicato Miami Edition is a limited edition cigar, only released as a salomon. It us produced at Casa Fernandez in Miami and is the same blend as the Sindicato maduro, but using the wrapper from the Natural. Creating a much stronger cigar. We spoke with Jim at the show this year, so he can let you in on what they had this year.
Sindicato Miami Edition
Size: 6 7/8 x 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Jalapa
Factory: Casa Fernandez Miami
Release Date: Oct/Nov 2015
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by Sindicato Cigars
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Jerad's Review: Rating 93 AKA “Box Split"
Aroma & Cold Draw: The aroma from the wrapper is quite muted. There are the normal cedar, tobacco and a touch of light leather, but it’s all very slight. The cold draw is a clean cedar flavor backed up by a very refreshing grapefruit note. And the draw is extremely smooth for a salomon vitola. Quite a nice start to the Miami Edition.
Beginning: The Sindicato Miami Edition does not disappoint from the cold draw. The flavors start our very elegant, I guess would be a good word for it. There is a very crisp, yet understated citrus note, accompanied by a clean cedar and leather flavor. Adding to this complex flavor profile are some tasty sweet and sour notes. The retrohale isn’t any less complex. While it has a savory, sweetness, there is a also a nice dose of spice. Burn is razor sharp and the ash holds on well, and it's on the light side of medium for me.
Middle: Not to disappoint, the Miami Edition Sindicato changes up but maintains a great body. It is much fuller now, a solid medium, but with a rich oak flavor that has a light cherry sweetness. As this third progresses, the woody notes slowly start to overpower the cherry notes. The burn continues to be be perfect and the ash, though clean, only holds on for about half an inch.
End: The slight sweetness of the cherry has gone away and the oak has taken over as the main profile now. There is a little bit of spice trying to come through, but it just keeps lingering in the background. Which is how the Miami Edition ended for me. Very woody, with notes of hay and tobacco and a spice that never fully formed. The spice would have been welcomed, but the absence of wasn't exactly a bad thing.
Final thoughts: Very enjoyable smoke! I think this was the smoothest draw I've ever had on a salomon and it burned from tip to end with no issues. It began with lots of body, grew a bit in the middle and then faded back at the end, but it felt like a perfectly fine ride to me. Even at almost 3 hours smoking time. I would love to have more and I know they are pretty limited. These seem like they would be sold in boxes of 10, which could make it technically a box buy depending on cost.
John's Review: Rating 89 AKA “5 Pack"
"The Sindicato Miami Edition 2015 started out amazingly complex, but the flavor profile continued to lose depth as it progressed."
The nose on the Sindicato Miami Edition 2015 is spicy leather and a deep aged wood.
I used my standard Xikar v-cutter and found the draw to be slightly tight.
The Sindicato Miami Edition opens up with some sweet hay, lingering dry wood, and then hints of leather post draw. I get rich, elegant, sweet spice on the retrohale. The cigar continues to evolve to include light cocoa ont he retrohale along with light pepper. Both the pepper and the spice continue to increase in intensity as the first third continues. At the 20 minute mark I would measure the pepper and spice strength at medium plus. A sweet woody tone breaks in now and again at the end of each draw, but the spice really lingers and tends to run it over. The wood moves away from sweet to quite dry about 35 minutes in. Out of nowhere a toasted cashew flavor at a medium almost medium plus strength. The leather picks up at this point to medium strength as well.
As I move towards the middle third tons of strength kicking in.
There is still a lot of dry woody flavor in the middle third. The spice has fallen off significantly and is getting lost a bit in the background. The spice is more prominent on the retrohale. Halfway through the middle third the spice steps up a bit but not much else going on.
Overall I feel like the Sindicato Miami Edition has lost complexity from the first to the second third.
The last third is still primarily a dry wood flavor with hints of spice. All the complexity that was going on in the first third is absent at this point. Spice is still present on the retrohale, very similar to the middle third.
Total smoking time 3 hours 10 minutes
The Sindicato Miami Edition 2015 started out amazingly complex, but the flavor profile continued to lose depth as it progressed. I had it down as a box split in the first third, but unfortunately scored it down to a 5 Pack by the time I was finished. It's quite possible that the review sample suffered a bit being at the IPCPR 2015, I'd like to revisit this cigar again.
Pairing Recommendations: A large ale, sweet tea, or coffee would be some great choices to pair here. With a significant smoking time you want to stick to something lower in alcohol.
Cigar Federation Group Rating: 91 AKA "Box Split"