Review of Sindicato Corona Gorda Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

As of May 2014, Sindicato is the flagship cigar and fourth release from Sindicato Cigar Group, LLC. Sindicato is a square-pressed Nicaraguan puro available in six sizes that are priced between $10 and $14 per cigar. Click Here to read all the details from the press release posted on Facebook. If you'd also like to listen to Jim Colucci, the CEO and President of Sindicato Cigars, talking about the company and its new flagship cigar, as well as some important issues affecting the cigar industry, click here for a recorded interview starting at 29:40 into Episode 124 of the Kiss My Ash Radio show, which was originally broadcast May 10, 2014. While still with Altadis, Jim Colucci is pictured with Smoke Inn's Abe Dababneh at The Great Smoke cigar event back in February 2009.

The Sindicato cigar sampled for this review was the Corona Gorda, which is 5 inches long with a ring gauge of 48, priced at $10.95 per single cigar. This cigar had a triple cap with a short pigtail, and the foot was covered with uncut excess wrapper leaf. The cigar was not individually packaged in cellophane, but the band included information about the cigar's vitola. Some cigars have this info on a sticker placed on the cello, but many folks who age their cigars like to remove the cellophane before storing in their humidors (which may later require some effort to precisely identify the cigar).

After lighting up, the first things that I noticed were the cigar's peppery flavor and generous draw which produced a nice volume of smoke. I also liked the square-pressed feel of this cigar, in both my hand and in my mouth. After the first few puffs, the peppery taste backed off and this medium bodied cigar began delivering some very pleasing woodsy, nutty and sweet spicy flavors that were perfectly balanced. After a few more minutes, the spice faded a bit as the cigar became more mellow and smooth. The burn was even and the cigar held a long ash. Only one minor touch-up light was applied during the second half of the smoke. It took me 50 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining. No relights were needed.

The flavor and construction of the Sindicato Corona Gorda were near perfect, and the cigar's pleasing taste did not fade away until the last five minutes smoked. I rate this cigar with a stellar 4.75 points on a 5-point scale, making it the best cigar that I have smoked so far this year. This cigar would be a great choice and even a good value on special occasions, but could be a bit pricey as a regular smoke. Definitely worth giving a try.

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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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