Your Tasting Notes Guide to Aladino Cigars
Cigars are organized into two broad categories based on their shape: parejos and figurados.
A parejo cigar body is a cylinder with one flat end and one rounded end. Figurados are cigars with any shape other than a true cylinder.
Countless combinations of sizes and colors exist within these two varieties. Much like fine wine or craft beer, cigars are made with all sorts of techniques that affect the smoking experience.
Aladino cigars are a line of cigars produced by JRE Tobacco. Aladinos have the signature cylindrical shape that makes a parejo cigar.
No matter what cigar you're enjoying, knowing what tasting notes to look for will help you make the most of the flavors. Read on for a complete guide to Aladino cigar tasting notes!
What Makes Aladino Cigars Unique
Described by Julio R. Eiroa himself as a "classic old-fashioned cigar," Aladinos are made with Honduran tobacco. The Corojo tobacco derived from the original Cuban seed gives Aladinos their signature smoothness.
There are seven varieties of Aladino cigars:
- Corojo Reserva
- Habano Vintage Selection
While each of these varieties has different flavor profiles and boldness, almost all of them share a Corojo filler. The exception is the Aladino Classic, which uses a blend of Corojo and Habano filler.
The flavor distinctions between each of the Aladino cigars come from the wrapper, which imparts its unique blend of aromas and tastes.
The Aladino Corojo is a type of cigar called a "puro," meaning it is made entirely from one strand of tobacco. The wrapper, binding, and filler are all Cuban seed Corojo tobacco grown in Honduras.
The flavor profile is marked by a traditional note of espresso that evokes classic Cuban cigars. The wrapper also gives the smoker a bright spiciness that lends complexity to the cigar.
Like the Corojo, the Corojo Reserva is a 100% Corojo puro. However, cigarmakers age the filler tobacco of the Corojo Reserva with corona leaf.
The aging process gives the Corojo Reserva a bolder profile than the Corojo, with notes of leather and black pepper. A pleasant earthiness rounds out the cigar and gives it body.
The Aladino Connecticut uses an Ecuadorian wrapper. Unlike other Aladinos, the Connecticut produced a full-bodied and creamy smoke.
The creaminess of this cigar includes balanced flavors of vanilla, pistachio, and bread. Rounded out with an earthy finish, this cigar takes you through a surprisingly mixed series of notes.
With a Mexican wrapper, the Maduro offers a sweetness in the first third with hints of cocoa and coffee. As the Honduran Corojo mixes with the Mexican tobacco leaf, black pepper and woody aromas blend with the initial sweetness.
The Maduro has a chocolatey and earthy finish that will make you want to take the cigar down to the nub.
The initial scent from the Cameroon wrapper has sweetness and sourness, with notes of apple and cinnamon. The sweetness carries through the first third with nutty and gingery aromas.
The middle of the cigar gives way to bolder flavors like black pepper and leather but still maintains some creaminess. The cigar has an earthy finish with a resurgence of ginger and black pepper.
The Classic stands out from other Aladino cigars because of its blend of Habano and Corojo filler, as well as the Habano wrapper.
The first flavor to stand out is a spicy cayenne pepper note. Combined with the sweetness of molasses and the bold espresso aroma, the Aladino Classic starts strong.
As you progress through the Classic, you'll notice a smoother profile of espresso and cocoa take over the pallet. The finish maintains a hint of pepper mixed with the smoothness of the cocoa and espresso.
Habano Vintage Selection
Like the Classic, the Aladino Habano Vintage Selection uses a Habano wrapper but only Corojo tobacco for the filler.
Due to the Habano wrapper, the cigar begins with an initial spice. Once the burn evens out, the cream and sweetness emerge as the primary flavors.
Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg join the flavor profile halfway through. As you finish the cigar, you'll notice a pleasant blend of the initial spice, the cream, and the sweetness from the first half.
Getting the Most From Your Aladino Cigar
To get the full flavor profile of a cigar, it's crucial to smoke it correctly. This includes cutting, lighting, and even the cigar aftertaste.
Particularly with Aladinos, a straight cut is the best way to get a good, even draw and burn. Finding where the cigar begins to taper will help you determine where to cut.
To light your cigar, avoid any flame sources that will alter its flavor. Sulfur matches and cigarette lighters can lend an unpleasant flavor that doesn't go away.
The ideal way to light a cigar is a flame from a strip of cedar, but long, sulfur-free wooden matches work as well. If you use matches, try to use two at once for a bigger flame.
Be sure not to smoke too fast, as a slow, low-temperature burn will give you much more flavor. Puffing more often than once every 30 seconds, you risk overheating the cigar and irreversibly ruining the flavor.
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