Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)Cigar Info

Sinistro Cigars released three new cigars this year: Last Cowboy, Last Cowboy Maduro, and the Honor Among Thieves. The Last Cowboy comes in two versions natural and maduro. The natural uses a Connecticut shade-grown wrapper and the wrapper uses a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. Both use a Mexican San Andrés maduro binder and Dominican piloto cubano filler. The maduro comes in six vitolas: Churchill (7 x 47) — $9.66, Corona (5 1/2 x 42) — $8.17, Petite Belicoso (5 x 52) — $8.33, Salomon (6 1/2 x 50/60) — $19, Scala (4 1/2 x 38/60) — $16,  Toro (6 x 54) — $10.29 (Boxes of 20, $205.80). The size we smoked for this review was a pre-release rothschild that did not make final production.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Sinistro’s cigars are made at the La Aurora Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)Vital Stats:

Vitola: Rothschild
Length: 4″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andrés
Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano)
Factory: La Aurora
Blender: James Agopian
Number of reviewers: 4 Ryan H. (Ryan H.) John A. (Bostoneo) Mickey T. (irratebass) Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
Price: Pre Release
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: September 2018
Contributed by: Puro Cigar house

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)Initial Impressions

Appearance: 92

“Short stubby guy with a half inch of closed Candela foot (that’s right Candela), the rest of the cigar looks like a maduro wrapper with a sort of stem at the top of the foot….very intriguing looking cigar. I really like the look of this cigar. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Aroma: 91

“Very strong potent aroma with some spice coming through the nose without the cigar lit.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“My first impression was, if I had a list for unique this thing would definitely be \\ toward the top of the list. A clean bright grass note rolls over my tongue at first, followed by a black pepper, and finished off with a sweetness that I can completely describe. It’s somewhere between sickly sweet and caramel. It’s not a bad flavor and it’s not overpowering. Really, it is only there for a moment before it is washed away by grass again. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“Upon lighting up, flavors of hay, malt, and salt present themselves. A half inch in, with an uneven burn, the maltiness and sweet old musty leather take over as the dominate flavor through this quick third. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

“Cigar turns to straight campfire with a creamy finish. Burn and draw have performed well. Like I said very full and has a powerful nicotine kick.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Start of this third and the spice has returned, but not enough to bring it back up to full strength, teeter-tottering back to mild – medium. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Final Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Cigar finishes with a lot of earth and a revisit from the initial spice white pepper in strength.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Getting walnuts mixed with wood in the final third. Getting down to the nub, and still no spice or punch to the face. Also a bit of marshmallow, and a bit of cream. Really interesting smoke. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Overall Impressions

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

Draw: 93

“The draw was really great up until the end. It got a bit loose in the last third but not so much that it hurt the experience. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Burn: 90

“No corrections needed and the burn was good” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Construction: 95

“Very nice construction, I dig a closed foot at times. I’m curious if the stem was an actual “fan” type and had to be compromised for shipping purposes. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 90

“I would keep a couple around” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Overall this was a very good smoke. Not overly complex with the amount of flavors, I had to smoke this one very slowly as the draw was so loose and had to wait for one side to catch up burning. Decent smoke, I’d try another if the price was right. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“I enjoyed this cigar, and was surprised by how much spice and pepper was in the beginning on the candela part, but after the cigar burned through that part the cigar mellowed out with nice sweet tea/coffee, nuts and cream flavors that went all the way to the nub. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this cigar. I am not the biggest candela fan, but the outer wrapper really put this cigar over the top. I would definitely give this a try at least once. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 63

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Ryan H. 909287889092929590
John A. 888887908885859590
Mickey T. 958887889090888888
Jeff 959590929095959592
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Blind Cigar Review: Sinistro | The Last Cowboy Maduro (Pre Release)

Overall Score – 91 – Very Good

  • Appearance 92% 92%
  • Aroma 91% 91%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 88% 88%
  • Final Third 90% 90%
  • Draw 93% 93%
  • Burn 90% 90%
  • Construction 95% 95%
  • Overall Experience 90% 90%