Cigar Review: Sindicato Toro by Sindicato Cigars
Sindicato Cigar Group
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Shade Grown Corojo)
Binder: Nicaragua (double binder)
Size: 6″ x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $11.95 MSRP
Overall Rating: 9.1
The Sindicato is the eponymous flagship cigar from the Sindicato Cigar Group. Sindicato has done a great job at producing cigars that are based on the preferences of the average cigar smoker, and their self named cigar is no different. Blended by Arsenio Ramos and manufactured at the Casa Fernandez factory, the Sindicato is a wonderful medium bodied cigar with complex woodsy flavors. It’s one of those cigars that is worth picking up a box of to age in the humidor.
Pre-Light: The black, gold and white band gives the Sindicato an almost western appearance. Although it ruins the look of the band slightly, the barcode on the band means no annoying stickers on this cellophane free cigar. Box pressed with a pigtail cap and covered foot, the Sindicato is a beautiful cigar. An aroma of spice and cedar comes from the unlit cigar. The pre-light draw is perfect, and there is a sweet natural tobacco flavor that comes through.
Burn: The Sindicato has a smooth and easy draw that is near perfect to my tastes. This cigar produces a lot of smoke, so it may be best smoked outdoors. A nice nutty aroma fills the air. Despite a slightly jagged burn line, the Sindicato burns pretty even and corrects itself when necessary.
Flavor: From the outset there is a there is a good deal of white pepper and spice. On the retrohale the pepper is extremely strong, and similar to Italian crushed red pepper but not too overpowering. At the point, the cigar is definitely medium bodied. After half an inch or so, the pepper begins to fade into the background a bit as spices, leather and cedar emerge. The strength mellows during the second third, and enters the mild to mild-medium range. During the second third the main flavors are sweet cedar, spice, leather and pipe tobacco. Entering the final third the strength increases back to the medium to medium-full range. A strong white pepper comes out in the final third, but it doesn’t overpower the cedar, leather and nuts that are also present. A slight saltiness creeps in during the final inch and a half of the Sindicato, but it’s not unpleasant at all. The Sindicato is a complex and flavorful cigar.
Overall: Sindicato’s eponymous cigar is exactly what they promised; it’s a high quality, complex cigar with a lot of wood, spice and pepper flavors. The draw is great and the construction is impressive. This is definitely the best cigar in the Sindicato line. So far, I’ve been impressed with everything that they’ve released, which is saying something considering how much Willy & I both enjoyed the Sindicato Hex. This cigar should age well and is worth picking up. I’ll be adding some to my humidor for sure.
Pairing: I found the Sindicato pairs extremely well with the Glenmorangie 10 Original. Other single malts that should pair well include the Ledaig 10, Tobermory 10, Bunnahabian 12 and Ardbeg 10.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)