Launched in June of 2022, the Aladino Classic is just that, a classic cigar with flavor and burn to match its name. It joins the growing portfolio of JRE Cigars that many cigar enthusiasts have come to enjoy over the years.
In the press release for the new Classic blend, Justo Eiroa – President of JRE Tobacco stated:
“With Aladino Classic we are providing smokers a more medium cigar with traces of our Corojo and dominated by our Habano smoothness. We wanted to create a line that was different from our traditional portfolio dominated by our Corojo and bring something that incorporates more of our Habano tobacco, meeting the taste preferences of those cigar smokers who typically prefer Habano blend cigars.”
The company describes the blend as a Honduran puro, using 100% tobacco grown on JRE Tobacco farms in Honduras.
The Aladino Classic is expressed in 4 popular vitolas, each packaged in 20-count boxes:
- Corona (5 x 44) – MSRP $7.00
- Robusto (5 x 50) – MSRP $8.60
- Toro (6 x 50) – MSRP $9.60
- Gordo (6.5 x 60) – MSRP $10.60
For this review, I sampled 3 of the Aladino Classic Robustos which I purchased at the Executive Cigar Shop and Lounge in Melbourne, FL. I smoked one while visiting the shop and had to buy some more, as I knew I wanted to review this gem of a cigar.
To begin with, the Aladino Classic is a beautiful specimen of a cigar. It is well constructed starting with the oily reddish-brown Honduran wrapper that is very light on veins. The bunching is excellent – just look at the foot! It was firm from head to foot with no spots and just the right “give” under the light pressure of my fingers. A well applied cap finishes the presentation.
A single band adorns the Aladino Classic. It uses the standard Aladino logo in the center, using gold on a brown background. The word “CLASSIC” is boldly printed in red on a gold background just under the logo along with the name of the master himself “Julio R. Eiroa”
Runing the Aladino Classic across the nose, I was greeted with aromas of natural tobacco sweetness and an array of baking spices along the barrel. The foot exuded rich earthy notes.
Using my Baller cutter from CigarMedics, I opened the cap perfectly and proceeded to give it some cold draw puffs that I found to be spot on with restriction an offering a delicate mix of earth and pepper notes, that was my early introduction to the journey I was about to go on.
Using my single flame torch, I warmed the foot to an even orange glow and drew in the first puffs of toasted wood notes that were very light on the tannins one may normally experience in cigars today. (Did I mention this is a Classic?) Follow along as I burn this one to ash!
Cigar Review Notes
- Woody start with a natural tobacco sweetness starts the journey
- Excellent smoke volume right off the first puff
- Light spice and honey notes evolve early in the journey
- Sweet aroma wafts off the foot
- Solid light grey (stacking dimes) ash forms on top of an excellent burn line
- Slight floral note joins the mix
- Sweetness morphs into more of a caramel note
- This is one of those cigars that I would describe as elegant – Perhaps why it is named “Classic”
- Ash fell after a long burn, revealing a flat but centered burn cone
- Cream and fruit notes begin to entice the palate along with a continued honey background
- Dark chocolate notes ease into the profile – deep in the second third
- Spice builds in the final down to the finish
- Medium in Strength
- Total Smoking Time was very pleasant 1 hour and 40 minutes down to the nub
I knew after smoking the first Aladino Classic that this was going to be an enjoyable cigar review and the two other samples I purchased did not deter that thought. This is most certainly an elegant cigar in flavor, construction and burn. The flavor had a perfectly balanced array of complexity from foot to nub. I especially enjoyed the under core of honey notes that ran through the journey and the surprise ark chocolate deep int he second third. The burn was spot on, with a clean burn line, solid ash, and perfect draw. The only point deducted was for the flat burn cone. If any cigar is worthy of a box buy, this is one. All this goodness for less than $9.00/cigar? Go get yourself some. I rate this a solid 96.
Point Deductions: (-1) Flat but Centered Burn Cone
Bonus Points: (+1) Pleasurable and consistent across multiple samples; (+1) Buy a Box; (+1) Sharp Burn