Aladino Cigars come to us from JRE Tobacco which is a family centered company, founded by Julio R. Eiroa and his son Justo M. Eiroa whom happen to be the father and brother of Christian Eiroa. The cigars come from their crop to shop operation in Honduras, and for those old enough to remember the original Camacho brand, it is not difficult to see the similarity.
Cigar Review: Aladino
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran Corojo
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: The Aladino comes packaged in a traditional cedar box of 20 cigars. Inside, the cigar band reminds me of a cross between the old Camacho Havana and Camacho Corojo bands. The cigar comes to us from the Eiroa family, though it is distributed and created under the umbrella of JRE Tobacco. Instead of a C, the cigar features the letter A for Aladino and the name Julio R. Eiroa (JRE) who is the father of Christian Eiroa. On the side of the band it denotes 1947-1961 which was the golden era of Cuban tobacco that this cigar was created in homage of.
The Notes: The cold draw serves up some fig, light sweetness and a hint of earth. There is also a subtle spice that lingers, and carries over to the aroma off the foot of the cigar which has a manure like aroma along with some hay. Now before you get turned off by this, the aroma of manure from the foot of the cigar is considered one of the highest compliments you can pay a cigar.
Once the cigar is lit there is some spice that envelopes the palate and for me this has a familiarity to it of a cigar from my past. In addition to the pepper, the cigar is creamy smooth with hints of cinnamon and cedar. The finish is moderate in length, and while the retrohale has some white pepper notes it also enhances the cinnamon and cedar notes.
The second third sees the wood notes become the dominant profile of the cigar and as we reach the halfway point the cigar they transcend from cedar to oak. The retrohale holds on to notes of white pepper with some continued cinnamon that barely holds on for the moderate finish.
As the cigar comes to a close, notes of oak and red pepper are dominant but some of the creaminess makes a return as we remove the band which is higher up on this cigar then most. The finish grows in length as cashews lingers from the retrohale.
The Finish: When I smoked this cigar for the first time last week, I was blown away. This weekend I got into a debate with one of my friends on Aladino; where I am an old school cigar smoker in the sense that I started smoking before the cigar-lebrities were a driving force behind the success of many of today’s brands. My friend, a new school cigar smoker is more worried about who is involved in a brand and who he can can tag on social media. The Aladino is made by a family with a long history in tobacco and while they may not be a common name in the world of social media, it shouldn’t matter. Because it has been and always will be about the cigar.
Price: $10.99 / $197.99