The Sindicato Flagship Maduro Cigar Review & InformationA couple years into the company’s grand experiment comes the Sindicato Flagship Maduro, the eponymous blend produced with help from Casa Fernandez. The company was founded in March 2013 by a group of 45 retailers, the idea being that the retailers would have a strong idea of what consumers wanted and when. It was a concept met with interest, and perhaps a little skepticism, but it has paid off so far. This is the fourth release to date, with the first three including the Affinity, Hex and Casa Bella. In general, the company’s blends have improved with every release, so it’s no surprise that this one is being hailed as its best to date.

Casa Fernandez is helping the company roll the Sindicato Flagship Maduro out of its factory in Nicaragua. It consists of a square-pressed Mexican San Andreas wrapper, a double binder from Nicaragua, and fillers from Jalapa and Esteli. It is the color of dark chocolate and has a bit of tooth to it, along with a nicely executed pig tail cap. The band is silver, gold and black and has a sharp appearance, featuring the name of the company and the name of the blend. The cigar comes in four formats, including a Robusto (5 x 54), a Toro (6 x 54), a Magnum (6 x 60) and a Churchill (7 x 52). The stick produces distinct barnyard and cedar aromas, and offers a little butter and spice on the cold draw.

The initial third of the Sindicato Flagship Maduro is said to carry some of the aromas and cold draw notes over to the palate, notably the butter and spice. There is also a taste of popcorn and sweet tobacco present, though they are secondary in this part of the smoke. The spice soon transitions into a peppery note that shifts to the retrohale and kicks up a bit. Near the end of the first third, some faint notes of earth and cedar creep in to fill out the background some more.

During the middle third of the stick, the major development is the sweet tobacco, as it splits into a pair of notes, one of cocoa and one of jam. The central flavors continue to be the butter and toasted popcorn, while the cedar and earth remain secondary.

In the final third of the Sindicato Flagship Maduro, the sweetness tails off and a mix of cocoa and coffee remains on the finish. The black pepper spice makes a resurgence on the palate, adding a lot of heat to the blend. The primary note, though, is still the buttery popcorn, which contrasts well with the cocoa. Reviewers generally agreed that the blend ends a lot richer than it begins, which is the opposite trend for most sticks.

With Casa Fernandez providing the assist, the Sindicato Flagship Maduro is rolled beautifully and provides a superb burn and draw. It is a medium full stick that maneuvers into full territory a couple times, and though the rich flavors may challenge an aficionado, it’s the kind of challenge worth taking on.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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