Cigar Review: Aladino from JRE Tobacco
Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
Size: 6” x 50
Overall Rating: 9.2
Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco. The new Aladino is a medium-bodied cigar that is meant to evoke the Golden Era of cigars in Cuba (from 1947-1961), with its traditional sizes, it is a new take on an old fashioned kind of cigar. Making use of the Cuban-seed Corojo tobacco that the Eiroa Tobacco Farm has become known for growing, the Aladino is a very good cigar that will please a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts.
Pre-Light: The yellow, brown and silver Aladino band may be simple, but it stands out against the sandy brown wrapper of the cigar. The Aladino is smooth to the touch and lacks and blemishes or veins.
A mix of graham cracker, leather and cinnamon aromas comes from the wrapper of the Aladino cigar. There is a nice bit of cinnamon, gingerbread and spice to the unlit foot of the cigar. A slightly firm pre-light draw allows through sweet graham cracker, cedar, grass and floral notes.
Burn: The Aladino is an extremely well constructed cigar. The draw on the cigar is near perfect, and allows through a good deal of smoke. From start to finish the burn line is razor sharp from start to finish. An ash that is as white and smooth as perfect ashlar stone clings firm to the end of the Aladino, and never seems to fall off unexpectedly. The Aladino also manages to stay lit for a long time when left alone.
Flavor: The Aladino Toro begins with some sweet cedar, cinnamon and spice. While there is certainly a bit the spice typically associated with Corojo tobacco, it never become domineering in the flavor profile. The first third has a pleasant mix of cedar, cinnamon, leather and spice notes. During the transition to the second third of the Aladino there is a slight sourdough bread note that joins cedar, leather and spice. On the retrohale, a pleasant herbal spice dominates, while some cedar remains in the background. The cedar starts to come to the front of the flavor profile as the cigar burns into the final third. Cedar, graham cracker, leather and spice round out the flavors during the last third of the Aladino.
Overall: When my buddy Chief came back from a visit to Honduras he brought with him several Aladino cigars, and because he’s a pretty generous guy, I had the opportunity to try one. It was a great cigar, and those that have hit store shelves have been equally as impressive. Since it’s release I’ve had the Aladino in multiple sizes, and all of them have had the same excellent construction and flavor profile I mention above, while the strength carries by size. My personal favorites vitolas are the Elegante (7” x 38), Toro (6” x 50) and Petite Corona (4” x 40), though I have yet to find one I didn’t enjoy. Mild-medium bodied, the Aladino is a cigar that both the novice and the experienced cigar enthusiast will find enjoyable. I’ve personally found the Aladino to be a pleasant smoking experience, and will definitely be enjoying one somewhat regularly. I’d certainly recommend giving the Aladino try for those looking for something a step up from mild or those looking for something a step down from fuller cigars.
Pairing: The Aladino is one of those cigar that can reasonably pair well with anything, and it really varies by personal taste and size what best brings out the flavors of this cigar when paired with it.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)