Just a few years ago, the 2013 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show opened with a good bit of buzz surrounding a new company formed by some of the largest retailers in the country and headed by the former executive vice president of sales and marketing for Altadis U.S.A. at its helm. That company was Sindicato, and after four years it is still around, though more as any other company than the potential lightning rod it debuted as.

Sindicato Booth IPCPR 2016

This year it shared space with Casa Fernández, a fitting pairing as Sindicato’s flagship new line is owned by Casa Fernández, as well as Warped Cigars, which was also in the same space.

Sindicato Particulares IPCPR 2016


Dating back to late 1800s Cuba, the Particulares brand will get its latest incarnation via Sindicato, which debuted the line at this year’s trade show. Borrowing artwork from that original launch, the line gets a fresh look while the blend is a Nicaraguan puro produced by Casa Fernández/AGANORSA at the company’s Tabacaos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory. Casa Fernández still owns the rights to the brand, but Sindicato will be the exclusive distributor and marketer for the line.

The No. 1, Deliciosos, Belvederas and Cesenta will be the first four sizes to arrive, with the Corona Gorda, Robusto and Belicoso sizes following closely behind.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Particulares Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) — $8.95 (Box of 21, $178.95)
  • Particulares Belvederas (7 x 52) — $8.95 (Box of 21, $178.95)
  • Particulares Cesenta (6 x 60) — $8.95 (Box of 21, $178.95)
  • Particulares Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 48) — $7.75 (Box of 21, $155.95)
  • Particulares Delicioso (6 x 54) — $8.50 (Box of 21, $169.95)
  • Particulares No. 1 (6 1/4 x 48) — $7.95 (Box of 21, $158.95)
  • Particulares Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.95 (Box of 21, $158.95)

Launch Date: Immediately after the trade show.

Production: Regular production

Sindicato Master Series Rocky Patel IPCPR 2016
Sindicato Masters Series by Rocky Patel

For its next series of releases, Sindicato is turning to some the cigar industry’s well known names, starting with Rocky Patel. Hailed as secret blends, future releases are scheduled to come from Padrón, Quesada, Perdomo and Espinosa.

  • Wrapper: n/a
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: n/a
  • Sindicato Masters Series by Rocky Patel Toro (6 x 52) — $9.95 (Box of 10, $98.95)

Launch Date: Immediately after the trade show.

Production: 2,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.