Cigar Review : Sindicato Cigar Group – Hex
Size: 6.25 x 54 ( Perfecto )
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: ~ $9.00 usd each
Behind The Stick:
For those of you who are in the ‘cigar news’ and happenings then I may be repeating information you already know, but for those who are simply looking to try one of the ‘new’ cigars from the 2013 IPCPR convention let me shed a little light on the situation. Sindicato Cigar Group is a company that consists of 45 retailers ( at this time ) that has one very specific and defined goal. Taken from their website “We serve the needs of retailers as only fellow retailers could â€“ with continual attention to quality, price, protection, and consumer demand, so that brick & mortar retailers may remain a viable segment of the marketplace.”
Aside from acknowledging this humble and honest approach, the retailers include some very prominent names in the industry. Abe Dababneh from Smoke Inn, Dan Jenuwine from Quality Fresh Cigars, Gary Pesh of Old Virginia Tobacco, Robert Roth from Nice Ash Cigars and Jeff Borysiewicz of Corona Cigar Company. This group has filled its head position with Jim Coloucci – the former executive vice president of Altadis. While having an amazing lineup of ‘power names’ can easily and quickly get the ball rolling in the right direction – it really comes down to the cigars themselves. Enough bullshitting – onto the review!
Even if you are new to cigars, it is hard to say anything except for this cigar looks amazing. Dark and oily, the wrapper carried a few visible veins but none of them are extremely large or bothersome – but rather an addition to the ‘character’ of the cigar. Evenly packed from head to foot, this cigar is like a rock allowing little to no give at the foot. The tightly wound pigtail cap really sets this cigar apart – even without the simplistic black and white band – I could easily tell this cigar apart from ‘the others’ in the humidor and clipping the Sindicato Hex is easy to say the least.
To go against my initial expectations, the Sindicato Hex starts off with an almost light, medium spicy hint with an overlaying wood character. The smoke is slow on the first few puffs, leaving a short finish and wanting of more. Luckily those wishes were answered with a thick, almost creamy smoke that made this cigar just a little easier to taste.
Rich yet dark flavors of coffee, wood, a bit more spice that is easily apparent on the retrohale all mixed together with that healthy earthy undertone. There is not an excessive degree of complexity to this cigar but by no means would I consider it linear. The end of this cigars life does take a slight dip to the dark side but is invigorated with a sweet flavor profile that does not change the sensation but simply cuts the bitter qualities.
With a cigar of this caliber ( dark, oily, etc ) one would expect this to be a real spicy, nicotine punching son of a bitch but on the contrary the Sindicato Hex is very well balanced cigar that is an exceptional example of what the Sindicato Cigar Group has to offer. Top notch construction, razor sharp burn and great flavors – I guess there isn’t much more that you can ask for from a cigar! Probably the biggest thing that I am impressed by with this cigar is actually not the cigar at all – but the group and the ‘goal’ of that group. I am a huge proponent that “there is no such thing as limited tobacco, it is only limited to how much you buy” and while some companies have been very prosperous with this Limited Edition angle, I will be spending my money on cigars I can find in 6 months – like the Sindicato Hex. If you have had a chance to try one, please let me know your thoughts. If not – I can easily recommend trying at least a pair or a 5 pack.
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