Figurado, 5.25 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
|Cigar age||0 yr. 7.8 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Hex is part of the family of cigars from the Sindicato Cigar Group LLC, the first cigar company to be launched by a “syndicate” of veteran tobacco retailers. The owners of several large cigar retail stores launched Sindicato Cigars in January of 2013. The company, which is based in Boca Raton, FL, produces premium brands such as Sindicato, Affinity, Hex, and Casa Bella.
Principals of the company include Abe Dababneh, the owner of the Smoke Inn chain of cigar stores in South Florida; Jeff Borysiewicz, the founder and president of Corona Cigar Co; Gary Pesh, president of Old Virginia Tobacco Co., a chain of cigar stores near the nation’s capital; Rob Roth of Nice Ash Cigars and Dan Jenuwine from Quality Fresh Cigars.
The company says that, since they are all retailers, they understand the trials and tribulations faced by retailers. As such, they are conducting business in a way that they feel will not threaten retailers and help create better sales conditions for them.
The Hex sports a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that surrounds binder and filler tobaccos from Condega, Nicaragua. The cigars are blended by Alex Ortez and are made in Condega at the Agrotabacos cigar factory. The Hex is available in five sizes and comes packaged in boxes of 21 cigars.
TASTING NOTES: The Hex is certainly a good looking stick. It's a figurado that tapers on both ends and has a curled flap of tobacco sitting on top of the head. The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown in color and there are various small and medium-sized veins coursing through the wrapper real estate.
Flavor-wise, this cigar is earthy with wood notes and baker's cocoa, which together create a bittersweet character and a slight dryness on the palate. Retrohaling added a huge bolus of black pepper spice that will definitely clean out your nasal mucosa.
The burn line was a bit ragged and blistered, but the draw was great and the cigar cast a long and consistent ash. So the overall construction and burn was excellent.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half, the cigar displayed pretty much the same flavor profile as the first half. Which, on one hand, indicates that the cigar is not complex, but rather has a straightforward flavor profile. On the other hand, the flavor profile is earthy and packs a punch on the palate and on the retrohale. The cigar weighed in at medium-full in body, flavor and strength.
I did notice that the slight bitterness and dryness on the palate mellowed considerably during the second half, making the cigar a lot more approachable and balanced.
I really enjoyed the shape and size of this cigar. The combination seemed to make for perfect smoking characteristics. I am unsure how this cigar will fare with extra aging, but I think that another year in my humidor will temper the bitter and dry characteristics making the cigar more approachable and enjoyable to those with inexperienced palates.
I would recommend this cigar with an aged rum or bourbon and with malty craft beers. I really enjoyed this smoke and can recommend it highly.
Final verdict: Buy, enjoy and hold some back for further aging.
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