When it comes to maduros, we all have out favorites. Whether it is Connecticut Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian Habano Maduro or Mexican San Andres, there is one that really speaks to you as a smoker. I have found that there is not one that really speaks to me, but rather how it is applied to a cigar. Some manufacturers do well with certain wrappers, and some use the wrapper poorly. Looking at Mexican San Andres in particular, there is one manufacturer that does especially well and wins in creating some of the best Mexican San Andres smokes. That company is Casa Fernandez and in my opinion they know how to use the wrapper properly. That is why when I saw that Sindicato would be teaming up with them again and creating a Mexican San Andres smoke, I was excited. I have been waiting patiently for the release and now that time is here. Let's see how the new Sindicato Maudro is and if it is a great follow up to the Sindicato.
For this review I was given the Magnum size and it will be interesting to go into this line by smoking a 60 ring gauge. I like to smoke brands in a smaller ring gauge for the first time, and then go to a larger ring gauge to see how it is, but we are changing it up this time. The Magnum is a 6" by 60 ring gauge smoke and is made by Casa Fernandez in Nicaragua. The blend features a San Andres Moron wrapper from Mexico and features a double binder that is tobacco from Esteli. The filler is a combination of Jalapa and Esteli tobacco, and this is not the same blend as the Sindicato. The Magnum is pressed perfectly and it has a beautiful wrapper applied. It shows terrific maduro coloring and has few veins present throughout. There is a nice closed foot to the cigar and a lovely pigtail cap applied. The wrapper gives off a sweet aroma that is floral like with some cocoa, rich earth and sweet spices, and the foot is showing notes of similar sweetness and spiciness.
The first third opens up by showing some great Mexican San Andres and maduro flavors. It is rich and chocolaty, and it is showing some earthy qualities with that. There is a soft spice present, Asian spice notes, and it has a tobacco and creamy finish. This is a morning maduro in my opinion and it is a stick that I would begin the day with and get those rich and sweet flavors to start the day. I think every smoker could smoke this and really enjoy what is offered. The body is right at a medium level, making it a great cigar for anytime of day, and the strength is there as well. As I said earlier, this is a cigar I have in the morning with a cappuccino, afternoon with a mocha and in the evening with a Shiraz or Zinfandel. The construction on the smoke is terrific as well and it is producing a slightly uneven burn line with a solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool and there is a nice bit of smoke being produced.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and coffee flavors have begun to emerge and they are pairing with those rich earth and chocolate notes from before. It has really completed itself in that sense and has become a full picture Mexican San Andres offering. The soft spice notes are still present and so are those cream and tobacco notes. I really dig this cigar and I am going to say this is the best Mexican San Andres release of the year. The body and strength are still smoking at that medium level in my opinion and it is so smooth and enjoyable. This is a stick I could have all the time and I could smoke them back to back with no problems or thought of getting bored with the cigar. The construction remains top notch with the cigar as well and it is showing a fairly even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The ash is slightly flaky and it is giving off a nice bit of smoke with a cool draw.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that it continues down the road that was present in the second third and it is getting stronger and darker in flavors. The coffee bean notes are much more prominent than were present before, and it is pairing with dark tobacco and strong earth notes. There is a slight bit of dark cocoa present, but it is not as sweet as it once was. The creaminess has disappeared as well and this is finishing at a whole new level. I would say the body is at a medium full level now, much more of an afternoon smoke, and the strength is there as well. It has grown since the beginning and has shown transitioning into the final third. The construction really perfects itself in this third and it is now showing an even burn line with that flaky charcoal ash on the end of the cigar. It is still smooth and cool on the draw, and it finishes by showing some dark and filling flavors.
I am really impressed with the Sindicato Maduro and I believe it is a terrific follow up to the Sindicato which was launched earlier this year. As expected, it is a great blend from Casa Fernandez. They are a company that knows how to properly use Mexican San Andres wrappers, and because of that I think this is one of the best Mexican wrappers released this year. It is also a great maduro in the sense that it is not too strong, and it also shows transitioning and depth from third to third. This is a fairly complex cigar and it is a cigar that grows in body, flavors and strength the further into the cigar you get. I like a cigar that grows, and not a cigar that is very powerful to begin with and then takes a couple steps back. The Sindicato Maduro produced this great cocoa, coffee and rich earth flavor profile, and it was always very smooth. I smoked the Magnum, which is a 60, so it is going to be cooler overall, but given that the rest of the smokes are in the mid to high 50 ring gauge as well, those will be smooth too. This was not only a terrific release from Sindicato, but a terrific 60 ring gauge cigar. I am giving this a 92 rating and look forward to exploring the line further.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 92