JRE Tobacco Co. debuted its latest new line back in April of 2019: Aladino Connecticut. Aladino Connecticut has an Ecuadorian wrapper, Honduran binder, and Honduran fillers. It is rolled at Julio Eiroa’s Las Lomas Factory.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
JRE Aladino Connecticut comes in four sizes: Queens 5 1/4 x 46 — $6.80, Robusto 5 x 50 — $7.80, Toro 6 x 50 — $8.80, Churchill 7 x 52 — $9.80. It was also shown off at the 2019 IPCPR show.
Length: 5 1/4″
Ring Gauge: 46
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Factory: Las Lomas
Blender: Julio Eiroa
Number of reviewers: 4 – Jeff (ExpendableYouth) Dave W. (mdwest) Eric (smalls29) Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: April 2019
Contributed by: Bind Man’s Puff
“I like the overall look of the cigar, it’s sort of a flat headed perfecto. Cream with coffee brown is the best way to describe the wrapper. There’s a green tinge to the wrapper with a few splotchy green spots. The seams are tight, the triple cap is large, and other than a few small veins running the length of the cigar it’s very smooth to the touch. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“The aroma was nice and soft with hints of floral and cherry. The cold draw was smooth and had a little bread to back up the floral notes.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
“The draw is starting very tight but I think it’ll open up a bit after the bullet shaped foot. There’s a lot of tobacco missing from the middle of the cigar. It’s very spongy to the touch almost to the final third. The flavors are good though. I’m picking up brown sugar, leather, burnt toast, and mild pepper. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“The very beginning came off strong and bold. However, within a few minutes the flavors mellowed to a medium to mild cinnamon. At first it was like taking the cinnamon challenge of chewing on a cinnamon stick. But, after a few minutes it began to have mellow flavors of coffee and cinnamon. I do like the aroma of sage.” –Eric (smalls29)
“The second third produces more floral notes and a bit less grassy and hay type notes, making for an interesting switch on the palate” –Dave W. (mdwest)
“During the second third, the bread really developed in to a strong wheat and oat blend. This was a very nice mixture to add to the slight char meat finish. The draw was very smooth. The burn was great and the ash held strong throughout.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
“There’s a sweet earthy note that I’m getting now. It sounds weird to describe it like that but it’s as close as I can get. The leather is much richer now and it’s a far earthier cigar than it started as. There’s a slight cinnamon spice, toast, and cedar finish to round out the profile but it is a radically different cigar than the beginning. Towards the very end the draw improved and the smoke output got much better. I’m getting a dark coffee, brown sugar, and grassy note that’s much more enjoyable then it sounds. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“The final third continued with lots of wheat and oat notes. This was a very nice change from the everyday powerful cigars I tend to gravitate towards. The strength stayed in the mild to medium range throughout, but there was a nice amount of complexity to finish off the cigar. As the cigar got to the nub, there was very little charring or pepper that came through. Just a nice smooth finish to the end.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
“The draw on this cigar was very nice and smooth throughout. A sharp straight cut allowed for a real nice smoking experience.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
“Zero maintenance required. The cigar produced a nice even, straight, burn from the first puff until the last one. ” –Dave W. (mdwest)
“I really enjoyed looking and holding this cigar and I even enjoyed burning it more. The construction was very nice and well-rounded. From the selection of the filler to the design of the wrapper and overall cut, this was a very solid smoke.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 92
“Feels like one of those times I need another one to try. If it wasn’t so under filled and all the flavors were as good as the end was this would be a dynamite cigar as a morning smoke. That being said, I can’t think some something this size that burned as fast as this. Normally, a cigar this size would take me at least an hour and a half and I finished it around 45 minutes. ” –Jeff (ExpendableYouth)
“Great performance and a nice profile. This would make a nice mild early morning smoke. If the price is right I could see making a box purchase and regularly smoking one of these to start the day. ” –Dave W. (mdwest)
“I wish there was a rating of fair to good. I was a bit gracious with choosing good but it was better than fair. The cinnamon flavor was enjoyable as always. The flavor was on the mild side and a bit of a cinnamon after taste but the smell of sage was nice. I did enjoy the aroma of the wrapper. I always love the smell of leather. Having played baseball and softball most of my life the reminder of my old glove is very enjoyable and memorable.” –Eric (smalls29)
“I bumped this one a little higher than most mainly because the overall of the cigar was phenomenal. The build was sharp, looked pleasant, and had a high end feel to it. The aromas and flavor profile that came through will please every single style of cigar smoker. Lastly, the smoothness of the draw and simpleness of the cigar experience from light and go, this cigar was top notch and should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. ” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 48
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