Cigar Review : Sindicato Cigars – Affinity
Size: 5 x 52 ( Robusto )
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecicut
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Mild to Medium
Price: ~ $6.50
Behind The Stick:
Some of you may have heard some of the buzz coming out of Smoke Inn and the new cigar line that Abe Dababneh and Jim Colucci are releasing to the public but if not – now you have! Essentially, a group of tobacconists got together to create cigars that not only emphasized the tobacconist but also the customer. The Affinity in specific has been spoken of as being ‘the more flavorful mild cigar” and if rumor holds true – they are not lying.
The Sindicato Affinity will be released in 6 sizes with each box containing 21 cigars. The MSRP has been listed as $5.95 to $7.30 based upon the size and the Corona has been confirmed to be a square pressed cigar. Corona: 5 1/2 x 46 (SRP $5.95), Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $6.50), Toro: 6 x 54 (SRP $6.95), Gran Toro: 6 x 60 (SRP $7.30), Belicoso: 6 1/8 x 52 (SRP $7.30), Churchill: 7 x 56 (SRP $7.30). Enough of the details – onto the damn review!
This is a fine looking cigar – evenly packed from head to foot with only the slightest bit of expect give at the end. The wrapper clung tightly to the cigar and I had no issues – but there is something about these light Connecticut shade wrappers that just make me take an extra level of carefulness due to the frail nature of them. The head clipped easily and the foot came to life with only a little bit of fire from my lighter. The burn line was ‘for the most part’ straight and created that thin mascara line we all love. All in all – bueno.
Now this is why you are here right?! A Mild, Connecticut shade wrapper with flavor?! Well – its not an Opus so relax just a bit. I had one on my way into work in the morning and when they say rich, flavorful delivery – I’m right on board with them. Semi-sweet, natural tobacco undertones with rich but mild sensations of wood, honey, hay and a ‘in the back background’ hint of leather. There was some slight ‘ooo’ and ‘aaa’ when retrohaling – just enough of a pepper dose to keep you interested but not enough to turn your morning south.
Before I get too much into the ‘re-cap’ I want to emphasize – I really like this cigar. I am not a mild cigar smoker and realistically – if it wasn’t for the review side of things I would probably only smoke a mild cigar or two a year, it just isn’t ‘my thing’. That being said, this is probably one of the most flavorful and complex mild smokes that I have tried. Granted – that is like saying your the fastest turtle, but the fact remains that this cigar gave me enough diversity of flavors to not only compliment my morning coffee but made me feel like I was smoking a ‘real’ cigar and not a flavorless ‘smoke stick’ that perpetuates many mild cigars.
If you are a mild cigar smoker looking for some more ‘oomph’ then your in luck. If you are a Medium body kinda person – your probably still going to like this cigar as the flavors and ‘feel’ are closer to a medium ( in my opinion ). Now – if your one who favors full body full flavor smokes that are dark as night – this may be just a touch too far into the Mild category for you but I would still recommend picking some up and giving them a shot. If you have had the chance to try the Sindicato Cigars Affinity please let me know what you thought – if not, I’d be sure to put them on your radar to try soon!
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