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My first visit to the Sinistro booth was towards the end of the day and it was notably a bit quiet. I had glanced over a few times earlier in the day and saw too many people for my booth visit, which apparently is how most of the day went, and decided to wait for things to calm down. Like most smaller exhibitors, the company said that it was having a great show and seemed to have a renewed spirit about the show. When I showed up, James Agopian and Coleman Fine said they were finally getting a breather. Unfortunately, an empty booth doesn’t make for the greatest of pictures.

As for the booth, it would have normally been in a great spot in any other year, but because of the reduced footprint of the 2021 show, it was basically the corner. For what it’s worth, I don’t put too much value in booth location making a huge difference—if Padrón was at a trade show in Reno, people would still go.

Sinistro The Last Barbarian

Sinistro takes a different approach than most companies to new releases. It oftentimes will do a prerelease of its new items in one year and then do a full release of that same cigar the following year, usually with updated packaging. That’s exactly what’s happening with The Last Barbarian, a ligero-heavy line from Tabacalera El Artista.

This batch is limited to 4,000 cigars of each size and will be offered in boxes when it becomes a regular item next year.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Maduro)
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)
  • Sinistro The Last Barbarian Robusto (5 x 52) — $10 (Bundle of 10, $100)
  • Sinistro The Last Barbarian Toro (6 x 50) — $12 (Bundle of 10, $120)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 2021

Sinistro Mr. White Gold Edition Full Release

That’s also what’s happening with the Mr. Gold White Edition, which was first released in limited quantities in late 2019. Last October, Sinistro updated the packaging and added two new sizes—a Belicoso and Toro—but only sold it at Mardo Cigars as a limited soft launch.

Now the cigar is finally on sale for all stores as a regular production item. It’s made at La Aurora and differs from the regular Mr. White thanks to a different wrapper and much more Dominican andullo tobacco in the filler.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Cameroon & Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & U.S.A.
  • Mr. White Gold Edition Robusto (5 x 50) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Mr. White Gold Edition Toro (6 x 54) — $12.30 (Box of 20, $246)
  • Mr. White Gold Edition Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52) — $12.20 (Box of 20, $243.60)
  • Mr. White Gold Edition Churchill (7 x 47) — $12.10 (Box of 20, $242)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2019

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.