Hex Nicaraguan CigarsHex Nicaraguan cigars by Sindicato are among the first releases by the young company and are made with the aficionado in mind. Sindicato was established by a number of large retailers interested in moving to the production part of the field. Run by Jim Colucci, a former executive vice president at Altadis USA, the company hopes to use its knowledge of customer preferences to make stogies that will satisfy the market. With this blend, it appears Sindicato is off to a good start.


The smoke is available in five formats, including Robusto (5 x 52), Figurado (5 1/4 x 52), Toro (6 x 54), Perfecto (6 1/4 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 54). It is a sharp looking smoke that is medium brown in color and comes with just a little veining. It has an oily sheen and a well done pigtail cap. The stick features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binders and fillers from Nicaragua. The band is a simple black type on a white background, featuring the name of the smoke. The prelight draw consists of some coffee, sweet chocolate, hay, earth and leather.


The initial third of the Hex Nicaraguan cigars produces a number of dark flavors that mostly consist of earth and coffee. Some reviewers also detected some sweet tobacco flavors that quickly become the dominant notes in the profile. The earth and coffee flavors quickly settle into the background and balance off the tobacco well. Near the end of the initial third, some black pepper emerges and provides some punch on the retrohale.


During the second-third of the stick, there are a number of flavor transitions that change the complexion of the blend. The coffee notes are still present, but some leather, barnyard and wood flavors also join the mix and create a varied profile. The tobacco and earth flavors are still the boldest, but the secondary leather, barnyard and wood are apparent enough to keep the smoke interesting.


In the final third, the profile in the Hex Nicaraguan cigars becomes noticeably spicier and a little peppery. The earth and leather flavors are still present and occasionally move into the foreground with the tobacco and spice notes. This combination holds until near the end of the stick, when the black pepper and spice kicks up another notch. The blend ends with a nice punch that leaves a tingle on the tongue.


Many reviewers consider the construction in this stogie to be the best part of the stick, with an excellent burn and draw that offers optimal performance. The blend itself is medium in body and strength, making it a viable choice for someone who enjoys darker, natural flavors without getting hit with a nicotine bomb. Some aficionados believe the smoke handles aging particularly well and is a good stick to place in a humidor for a while. A strong freshman effort by the company, Sindicato’s unique position in the industry looks to pay off for both the company and aficionados everywhere.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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