Last year, United Cigars brought back their limited edition United Cigar Bar after nearly 10 years of being off the market. This new version will be a part of an annual release under a new United Cigars Series Unidas collection. The United Cigar Bar was originally sold in 2012 but was immediately removed from shelves after receiving a cease and desist from the Hershey Corporation.
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.
The intention behind the United Cigar Bar was to make a unique box-pressed cigar, sold in 3 pack “bars” so that the packaging reselbles a chocolate bar. These actualy cigars inside take an existing line, Aladino Corojo, that is normally round and box-pressed it just for this project. The blend for this project is the same as the regular production Aladino Corojo with the only difference being the box-press. It consists of 100% authentic Corojo tobacco grown at the JRE farms in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.
United Cigar Bar comes in only one size, a 6 x 50 toro. Each pack or “bar” of 3 cigars sells for $29.99 or $179.95 for a sleeve of 18 cigars.
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
Binder: Honduras (Corojo)
Filler: Honduras (Corojo)
Factory: Las Lomas
Blender: Julio Eiroa
Number of reviewers: 4 – Isaac M. (The Nothing) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi) Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: October 2021
Contributed by: United Cigars
Initial Impressions – United Cigars JRE Aladino United Cigar Bar
“Very clean box press cigar, with a lightly oiled medium brown wrapper. The surface of the cigar is very smooth and it has a very little tooth. The seams are just slightly visible, and there are a few large veins running the length of the cigar. The cap is applied very cleanly. The cigar is firm from foot to cap, with very little give, telling us the cigar is very well filled.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“The outside of this cigar has me thinking dessert. Rich banana foster notes fill the sinuses each time I take a whiff. When I turn my attention to the foot there is an undefined mustiness. After cutting the cap and after I take a few cold draws, there is an overwhelming essence that makes me think of a fresh ear of corn.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Lighting up, this cigar started with grains, oatmeal, graham crackers, and dry Frosted Flakes. I also noticed some cedar in the mix. Slowly the cedar inserted itself as the prominent flavor. Grains were still in the mix and cedar was solid in the retrohale with a touch of oak.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“Toasted the foot with my soft flame. First, several puffs are a lot of baking spices and a flavor that reminds me of my mom’s molasses cookies. Slight sweetness. As we go along I get quite a bit of gingerbread sweetness. Very enjoyable beginning to this cigar. Mild in strength but the flavors are good. Burn is very impressive.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“As the third start, it is more of the same. Graham cracker is the main thing I am picking up on the palate. There are moments where when white pepper creeps up on the side of the tongue but it is always short-lived. The retrohale is where the action is at. The mushroom note from the first third is joined by the essence of olive oil and fresh cracked black pepper making me think of sauteed mushrooms. There is a meatiness to the smoke now making the body and finish jump up a tick. If you don’t retrohale you will be missing out on the best this cigar has to offer.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Intensity kicks up a notch to full-on medium in the middle part of the cigar. Cardamom, raisin, and walnuts appear on the palate, with a very nice mild white pepper on the retrohale. The bump in intensity has made this a much more enjoyable experience. Burn and draw continue to perform well. At this point, I would say this would be a great first cigar of the day. Nice and mellow with no overpowering notes to the palate.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“Finally the flavors pick up where they left off. Lots of gingerbread, nutmeg, molasses sweetness, and some cinnamon. Strength picks up a notch but nothing too noticeable. Still very mild. A fairly enjoyable ending to a middle-of-the-road cigar.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“The final third showed the cigar made it through the wrapper damage successfully. Flavors picked up to a solid medium-plus. Roasted grains and dark malts were on the forefront, with wood going to the background.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Overall Impressions – United Cigars JRE Aladino United Cigar Bar
“Smooth and easy draw from start to finish. This allowed for a nice cool smoking experience.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Straight and true with a nice thin burn line and just the slightest wobble.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“The cigar’s construction was spot on. It felt great in the hand. The only complaint I could have is that it smoked to quickly for my liking.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90
“Despite the rice paper thin and damaged wrapper, this cigar brought on on quite the show. I could easily reach for this along with a Kenyan coffee. The flavors should match up quite nicely. It was a solid performing cigar and had a wide variety of flavors that really kept me interested. I will have some more!” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“I have to say I was worried up until the halfway point of the smoking experience. The first inch and a half really didn’t deliver much and I had to really pay attention to the cigar to get anything out of it other than the sensation of smoking. Just before the midpoint, the strength started to increase and the flavors started to emerge. Getting into the final third, the flavors were solidly in the medium range and very easy to detect, as well as being complementary to each other. The retrohale really elevated the smoking experience of this one. If you do not retrohale, you will not get all this cigar has to offer. That being said, be careful what you pair with it. A nice mellow single malt scotch or Irish whiskey would go well here, as well as medium roast coffee with cream. Anything stronger, and you will be hiding the cigar with your beverage.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“This cigar was very good. I can easily see myself putting this cigar in any customer’s hand. There is enough going on that the experienced smoker won’t get bored; yet not too overwhelming for a new smoker. I feel like it would be the perfect morning cigar with a cup of coffee.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“I’m not going to brag on this cigar much mainly due to the very muted flavors in the 2nd third. When the cigar did open up, the flavors were pretty enjoyable. The gingerbread and nutmeg were good but nothing to write home about. This is not a cigar I’d go out of my way to try again. But to each their own. We all have different tastes.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 79
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