The Sindicato Maduro Cigar Is A Follow Up To The Natural BlendThe Sindicato Maduro cigar is a follow up to the company’s Natural blend, perhaps the most successful stick in the company’s portfolio. As a result, many aficionados have been waiting for this stick with some anticipation, hoping that it is a worthy sequel. The company was founded a few years ago by a group of retailers hoping to enter the production side of the industry and bring a fresh take to tobacco. The thinking was that with their close connection to consumers, the brand could gather feedback more quickly and produce blends that matched consumer preferences. This approach appeared to be hit or miss at first, but the brand is now hitting its stride with back to back hits. 

Casa Fernandez has their hands in the Sindicato Maduro cigar, collaborating on its construction. It has a Mexican Marron wrapper, a Double Leaf binder from Esteli and fillers from Esteli and Jalapa. All of the sticks are box pressed and come in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 54), Magnum (6 x 60) and Churchill (7 x 54). The stick is the color of dark cocoa, which helps disguise veins and seams. There is a little oil on the wrapper, and it is capped with a tight pigtail. The black, silver and gold band is playfully shaped and features a carnival style typeface. It states the name of the blend and “Hecho a Mano,” which translates to handmade. The cold draw brings out sweet chocolate and earth flavors. 

The first third of the stick starts with a punchy mix of black pepper and cedar spice flavors, which leaves a tingle on the tongue. Once the mixture tails off a bit, natural tobacco, sweet cherry, and coffee flavors fill the space, with the tobacco, cherry and coffee notes all taking turns playing the primary role in the profile. The black pepper remains on the retrohale, and the cedar moves into a secondary position. Some reviewers also detected cream in the background as well.

During the second third of the Sindicato Maduro cigar, the coffee and sweetness in the blend merge to produce a flavor akin to mocha. The spice ramps up in intensity as well and transitions to cedar spice quickly. Near the end of the second third, the cedar joins the coffee notes up front.

In the final third of the smoke, the cedar spice overtakes the mocha flavor for the dominant position in the stick. The subtle cream notes add some sweetness to the mix, and the natural tobacco flavor makes a reappearance. The stick continues in this vein until the finish, which is perfectly smooth.

When the brand first began, many aficionados and other manufacturers were skeptical about its potential. It’s safe to say that these fears have been put to rest with this stick.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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