Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona. To be honest, up until less than a year ago, this brand was under our radar. We had seen the name mentioned a few times, but that’s about it. We didn’t see many pictures on social media, no reviews and therefore Sinistro didn’t catch our attention. But then Trent Firmin from Firmin Cigars in Australia started importing the brand. Of course, Ministry of Cigars published about that and we had to source information about Sinistro. Around Christmas, a package showed up from Australia with a Christmas present, a few cigars including this Sinistro Last Cowboy Maduro Corona.
The Sinistro cigars are produced at La Aurora, the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. For this blend, Piloto Cubana from the Dominican Republic is used as a filler. The binder is Mexican San Andres. The Maduro wrapper is USA grown Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. There is also a Connecticut Shade version available, with a Cameroon binder. The cigar we review is the 5½x42 Corona
The cigar stands out. Not just by the ring gauge of 42, a size which has been overshadowed by bigger ring gauges in the last decade. But because of the foot of the cigar. The last half-inch is wrapped in Candela, and the foot is closed. The rest of the cigar has a rustic, dark, and oily Maduro leaf as the wrapper. The gray ring has the sketch of a cowboy with his six-shooters. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is pleasant, wood, straw, and cocoa powder.
The cold draw is a bit tight due to the closed foot. It’s pretty spicy and peppery, with a hint of chocolate. The cigar starts bitter, earthy, and musky. Slowly the cigar gets some sweetness and chocolate combined with the earthiness. Once the burn passed the Candela part of the wrapper, the flavors became more pleasant, less bitter. There is still a coffee bitterness, with earthiness but now the main flavor is wood. Oak to be more precise. The mouthfeel is creamy. The wood remains the dominant flavor, with some spice and toast. The wood is smooth in the retrohale. There is a hint of Maduro sweetness as well. The cigar grows in strength, without changing much of the flavor profile.
The ash is white, firm, and dense. The draw is fantastic. The smoke is thick and white. And there is plenty of it. The burn is fine. There is balance in the cigar, after the first centimeter. A good medium to a medium-full bodied and medium-full flavored cigar. It’s quite one-dimensional but if the flavor is good, that is not too much of an issue. The Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona lasted an hour and forty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I will