On September 12th Justo Eiroa visited New Hampshire and we got to sit down with him to smoke a couple of pre-release cigars. Among those we smoked was a Corona size of Aladino Corojo Reserva. He informed us that the No. 4 would be a limited edition and the first cigar of a series of releases they call, “Our Cuban Heritage”.
The Aladino Corojo Reserva No. 4 is limited to 800 boxes of 20 cigars.
Cigar Review: Aladino Corojo Reserva
Wrapper: Honduras (100% Authentic Corojo)
Binder: Honduras (100% Authentic Corojo)
Filler: Honduras (100% Authentic Corojo)
Ring Gauge: 44
Size: No. 4 (Corona)
The Look: The packaging of No. 4 sizes in in a different box that sees the top and bottom sit out wider than the rest of the box. Looking at it I am reminded of the Arc of the Covenant. Inside the box sits 20 cigars that are sans cello with the lower half wrapped in tissue paper. The stick features two bands with the secondary band denoting Corojo Reserva and the primary band that is reminiscent of the old Camacho bands, with the “C” replaced by an A and the brand name Aladino above it. The wrapper on the No. 4 appears darker in comparison to the other sizes.
The Notes: Prior to lighting it up we clip the cap and the cold draw reveals a taste of cedar and cashews while the aroma off the foot has a heartier cedar component and some sneeze inducing spices. Once the cigar is lit there is a burst of cayenne paper.
As we smoke the first third the cayenne pepper quickly pulls back revealing notes of cedar and a vanilla sweetness. Moving ideeper nto the first third the vanilla sweetness dissipates revealing rich espresso notes while the retrohale on the Corojo Reserva No. 4 is loaded with pepper.
In the second third of the cigar some earthy notes develop but the focal point is rich espresso with a touch of cedar. The cedar is noticeable on the aroma of the cigar which my wife comments on as being heavenly. The fairly lengthy finish has a touch of almonds which creates a subtle sweetness on the lips.
As we finish corona size No. 4 notes of espresso are dominant and envelop the palate. There is still some cedar and as a touch leather appears but they linger in the background of this amazing stick. The retrohale of the cigar is loaded with cayenne pepper and the aroma still has a touch of cedar. The long tasty finish is enjoyable long after the cigar is put down.
The Finish: The Aladino Corojo Reserva No. 4 takes me back to when the cigar first came out. Don’t get me wrong the line is phenomenal and favorite of both Mr. Jonathan and I, but this Corona is reminiscent of the first release with the darker wrapper. It’s loaded with flavor, smooth and the construction is spot on.
Price: $10.19 / $179.99