A lot of people think Aladino is a new company, but the fact is the factory that produces the tobacco has been around a very long time. Julio Eiroa the patriarch of the Eiroa family has been growing Corojo tobacco since the 1960s and was an integral part of the pre-Davidoff Camacho era.
Now Aladino takes things to the next level with Honduran grown Cameroon tobacco, a project that Justo and Julio Eiroa have been working on for a long time. It’s been two years since we here at The Cigar Authority smoked the first samples and the final product is finally on cigar shelves at tobacconists.
Cigar Review: Aladino Cameroon
Wrapper: Honduran Cameroon
Ring Gauge: 52
Size: Super Toro
The Look: Packaged in sparkling silver boxes of 24 cigars, the Cameroon sports a red and silver band with the familiar Aladino logo with the word Cameroon. In the hand the cigar is light, and while Cameroon is normally a fragile wrapper the one adorning this cigar feels even more so. However, in the dozen or so I have smoked the wrapper performs exquisitely.
The Notes: The cold draw has a subtle cream soda sweetness with a hint of cinnamon. The aroma off the foot showcases some barnyard notes of cedar and hay. Once the cigar is cut and carefully toasted the intial notes are a creamy sweetness.
As we move into the first third of the Aladino Cameroon notes of vanilla, caramel and cedar all merge together to provide a mouth-watering experience. In the background is a subtle licorice that feels like its ready to breakout at any moment but never becomes more than an afterthought. The retrohale adds some peanuts and pepper that linger slightly.
The second third sees maple sweetness take control with licorice becoming more abundant and noticeable with some earthiness in the background. The retrohale has some subtle butterscotch notes along with some pepper.
As we conclude the Aladino Cameroon this cigar has become a finger burner, mean I have smoked it until there was nothing left to hold. It remains sweet with some earthy components with a fairly lengthy finish and some brown sugar on the retrohale.
The Finish: Cameroon has always been an expensive wrapper and with the Eiroa family growing it successfully in Honduras it becomes a game changer. Right now there is nothing Aladino can do wrong as they are producing cigar hit after cigar hit. They have become the Quincy Jones of the cigar industry. Honduran Cameroon, its the new normal I can live with.
Price: $9.99 / $211.99