Sindicato Cigar Group, the company owned by a collective of cigar retailers, came to the show with a new line in one hand and newly-designed boxes for its eponymously named lines in the other.

The former won’t be seen for a few months, while the latter is expected to arrive in the fall, and will be piggybacked by an national in-store sales promotion around their launch.


Sindicato is adding a new line called Cubico right after the first of the year. Drawing on its name, it gets a firm, square press, making it look like a bit of an elongated cube, while the boxes are cubes as well, though the final design wasn’t on display. It is made at the Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) factory in Estelí, Nicaragua

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Cubano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Cubico Corona (5 1/2 x 46) — $7.95 (Boxes of 20, $159)
  • Cubico Robusto (5 x 54) — $8.25 (Boxes of 20, $165)
  • Cubico Toro (6 x 54) — $8.75 (Boxes of 20, $175)
  • Cubico Gran Toro (6 x 60) — $8.95 (Boxes of 20, $179)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: January 2019

New Packaging for Sindicato Natural and Sindicato Maduro

The Sindicato core lines are getting new boxes and new designs, in part to both make them stronger as well as to get ready for the likely warning labels being required by FDA. The designs are familiar, but you’ll notice some extra space at the top. Additionally, Jim Colucci put one on the ground and stood on it to show off just how strong it is, something that appeared to be a problem with the current incarnation.

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