If there’s one question that gets asked on the show floor more times than I care to answer, it has to do with what impressed me most on the floor, whether it be a cigar, an accessory or a booth. But the one question that is almost never asked is what either simply disappointed or was less impressive than originally anticipated. In this case, it was Sindicato’s presence on the floor.

After years of having its own booth, Sindicato found itself limited to a single cabinet and table on one side of the Gurkha booth. While Gurkha’s booth had an unmistakable presence, it would have been easy to walk right past the Sindicato portion. It’s quite a change from years past where the company had its own booth that was on par with the majority of other companies at the show. The change seems to stem in large part from Jim Colucci, president and ceo of Sindicato, joining Gurkha as chief operating officer and president in late January, a change that also meant that Gurkha’s sales reps could sell Sindicato’s portfolio while keeping him in both roles. If there was an award for the most drastic change in show presence from 2018, Sindicato would certainly be in the running.

Sindicato Cubico New Packaging, Updated Sizes

Sindicato gave the industry its first look at Cubico at the 2018 trade show, though the packaging was still largely in prototype form and it wasn’t anticipated to be in the market on a widespread basis until early 2019. Since that time the packaging has gotten finalized,  with the cube format reworked and set to be a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The standard boxes have also had their designs finalized, the corona size was dropped, and it’s now set to be on store shelves in the coming weeks.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Cubano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Sindicato Cubico Robusto (5 x 52) — $8.25 (Box of 20, $165)
  • Sindicato Cubico Toro (6 x 54) — $8.50 (Cube of 21, $178.50, Box of 20, $170)
  • Sindicato Cubico Gran Toro (6 x 60) — $8.75 (Box of 21, $175)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.