HBTC Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale

When the Aladino first hit the premium cigar market a few years ago, it was extremely well received. Many reviewers and consumers alike made the Aladino a favorite in short order. After releasing the Aladino, JRE proceeded to release additional iterations of the Aladino. From the Corojo, to the Connecticut, to the Maduro, each of the blends were enjoyed by a wide range of premium cigar smokers. When the Cameroon was announced by JRE, that interest only increased. Considering the history of the Eiroa name with Cameroon tobacco from the Meerapfel’s, the Aladino Cameroon was a welcome addition to the line, even with the fact that this Cameroon wrapper is grown in Honduras. Here is Matt’s evaluation of the Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale.

In addition to the Lonsdale reviewed here, the Aladino Cameroon is also available in a 5 x 50 Robusto and a 6 x 52 Super Toro.

JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale
MSRP: $7.80
Size: 6 x 43
Origin: Fabrica De Puros Aladino
Wrapper: Cameroon (Honduras)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras

Prologue
The cigar has a nice appearance with a dry almost papery wrapper with very little oil sheen and a very soft tooth. The foot has an aroma that reminds me of raisins and cinnamon, and the cold draw has more of those flavors, along with some leather and some pepper.

Act I
The Aladino Cameroon starts out with nice notes of raw sugar, black pepper, and leather. It also has a sweetness that reminds me of Coca-Cola.  There’s some peppery spice on the retrohale, but also some sweetness. There’s plenty of smoke output and the burn performance is very good. I also get some subtle notes of coffee.

Act II
The middle of the cigar sees the spice level increase, especially a brighter spice that reminds me of cayenne pepper. That brighter spice actually mixes nicely with a sweetness like raw sugar and stone fruit. I also get some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The retrohale is still that same mix of spicy and sweet.

Act III
The final third of this cigar brings in some new flavors like cedar and roasted pecans. Also something that reminds me of gingerbread or ginger snap cookies. The very end of the cigar really has an increase in spice and a little bit of an increase in strength. As before, the retrohale is unchanged.

Epilogue
Of all the Aladino cigars to be released, I think this may be my favorite. The flavors are clean, accessible, and the burn performance on each has been exceptional. The price point is very budget-friendly while still maintaining a flavor profile above and beyond the cost. If you are a fan of Cameroon wrapper, this is absolutely a cigar you should purchase and enjoy on a regular basis.

Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale – How Bout That Cigar?
Rating: How Bout A Box?
Overall Score: 95
PAD: +1.0 (What is PAD?)
Flavor Summary: Sweetness, spice, cola, stone fruit, roasted nuts
Strength Assessment: Medium
Source: Cigars for this review were purchased by HBT Media LLC

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