Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale

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Cigar Details: JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale

  • Vitola: Lonsdale
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 43
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Cameroon
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo
  • Factory: Las Lomas
  • Blender: Julio Eiroa
  • Price: $7.80
  • Release Date: May 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale is medium brown and has some lightly raised and knotty veins. The seams are very smooth and hard to detect. The head is finished with a well applied triple cap. The band is the traditional design for the brand and carries a brick color red and silver and denotes Cameroon at the bottom. The aroma from the wrapper is musty wood and hay while the foot brings musty cedar and sweetness. The pre-light draw brings the same musty cedar and sweetness.

Pre-light Experience

A lovely Lonsdale, the JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale has some softness throughout to touch and is finished with a wrapper that is silky in texture. Small veins are present throughout and there is a touch of tooth as well. The coloring is that of a light Colorado, and it is definitely showing some light brown and red qualities throughout. There is an aroma of manure, hay, earth and soft spices on the foot while the wrapper is giving off notes of stone fruit, sweet spices, soft earth and leather.

Pre-light Experience

The UPC sticker on the JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale is designed with a tear tab that leaves the UPC and description intact after the cellophane is opened. The wrapper is cinnamon brown in color, and quite smooth with firmly pressed veins visible throughout. Aromas from the wrapper included graham cracker, shortbread, cedar and some yeast components. From the foot, there was sweet hay, tobacco and coffee.

Pre-light Experience

The JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale has a latte brown Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even but on the loose end and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give dates and natural sweet creaminess. Aromas from the foot tell molasses, coffee and rich nuttiness. Cold draw reveals hay and black tea.

First Third

The cigar begins with dry oak and mustiness. At a quarter inch in, some earthiness joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, a mild spiciness joins that is hard to identify. The retrohale is musty oak and black pepper. At an inch and a half, the spice increases in fullness and is now easily identified as black pepper. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering some soft spice notes that are paired with dry earth. I am getting some cinnamon and nutmeg, soft amount of ginger, and the finish has this lemongrass and hay quality. I would classify the cigar as being medium overall, and that goes for strength and body

First Third

Cedar, bread, baking spices and powdered cocoa open the first third up with a complex medley of flavors. Brown sugar is present on the post draw, mixing with cedar. As the cigar settles in, the brown sugar and cedar move into the center of the profile. By the halfway point, light white pepper has joined, with some earthy components joining the cedar on the post draw.

First Third

The first third has an overall subtle approach to the flavor profile. Soft cedar, leather, but lasting strong and zesty baking spices. Retrohaling gives punchier baking spices as well as roasted nuts. The finish has the baking spices caked onto the rear palate. Strength is near medium-full, body medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the oak and mustiness are even up front with earthiness slightly behind and then the black pepper rolls in and has a lengthy finish. At three quarters of an inch in, the oak, mustiness and earth are all even with the black pepper having mellowed slightly. The retrohale is an even mix of the oak, mustiness and earth with the pepper being very light. At an inch and a quarter, the earthiness takes a slight lead. As the third comes to a close, a faint mintiness joins the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some minor transitioning from the first third. I am getting more cinnamon and sugar toast qualities as well as some fruit flavors. There is this stone fruit profile of nectarines and it is pairing well with the lemongrass and hay qualities. Like before, the cigar is medium and strength and body.

Second Third

Baking spices, bread, cocoa and cedar all combine to lead the Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale into the second third. Dry cedar and white pepper move into the post draw. Earth returns to the post draw some time later, eventually pushing into the middle of the profile, lingering between draws. The pepper moves up to medium strength on the post draw, matching the earth.

Second Third

The second third has moved up to medium-full in strength (still medium body). In regards to flavor profile, it’s namely leather and baking spices. At least the flavors themselves are full and easily identifiable.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the earth is a bit further up front and has some dryness while the musty oak is behind. The black pepper is pretty light and the faint mintiness has now been replaced by a faint bitterness. At a half inch in, the black pepper is relegated to the finish and is fairly light. The retrohale is now just musty dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the earth and musty oak are now even with light bitterness and pepper on the finish. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a profile that is revolving around cinnamon and red pepper, and I am getting touches of cedar, hay and lemongrass as well. It is sharper in this third, and not as complex and balanced as before, but it is solid nonetheless. Medium in body and strength, the cigar smokes cool to the end.

Final Third

Cocoa and cedar lead into the last third for the retrohale. On the post draw, pepper, earth and cedar are all lingering between draws. As the last third settles in, light baking spices join the retrohale.

Final Third

The final third is a mirror image of the second third. Medium-full strength, medium body with leather and zesty and punchy baking spices that are front and center.

Burn

The burn was perfect as it was straight the entire way. Ash held on in three quarter inch increments. The cigar burned quite fast through the first two thirds and then slowed a bit in the final third.

Burn

The burn was amazing from beginning to end. Great construction.

Burn

No issues at all with the burn, as the ash holds on in 1-1/2 inch increments.

Burn

The burn was perfect. Even burn, solid ashes, cool burning temperature and great smoke production.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with dry oak and mustiness. Some earthiness joined in fairly quickly as did some black pepper. The second third saw the components shuffle around in fullness. The final third saw a bit of bitterness join in and the black pepper lighten up. Construction was perfect and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale had a nice fullness and interplay of flavors. The final third dropped down a level as the earthiness took the lead and some bitterness joined in. I was quite pleased with this cigar and impressed with the results of the Honduran Cameroon. I’m interested in trying the other vitolas and would definitely recommend this to others.

Draw

Draw was fantastic on the cigar. Cool draw with a nice level of resistance throughout.

Overall

I enjoyed the JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale and found that it smoked the best in this vitola. This is a blend that does well in a smaller ring gauge and you really get that Honduran Cameroon flavor. As to be expected, it does not smoke like a true Cameroon wrapper, but it is a solid flavor profile nonetheless. I loved the spices that paired with the lemongrass and cedar notes, and the body and strength really went well with the flavors. I would be interested in smoking this cigar in a variety of vitola offerings in the 40 ring gauge area, probably up to a 48, but would love to see how it smokes as a true lancero as well. Overall, job well done! Great 2020 release for the company and the industry.

Draw

The draw initially started out in the good rating category with 2 to 2-1/2 notches of resistance. Once the cigar burned to the middle of the first third, the draw opened up to 1-1/2 notches of resistance.

Overall

The JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale has to be one of the best cigars I’ve smoked and reviewed during 2020. The first third is a harmonized and complex list of flavors that kept my palate highly engaged. The rest of the cigar wasn’t as complex, but still good with enjoyable flavor combinations. Burn and construction were great on the cigar, no doubt elevating the smoking experience. I need to start seeking out more of the Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

I find the JRE Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale to have straight forward flavors of mainly zestful baking spice and leather. Although the depth of flavors were good, it didn’t have enough nuances to take it out of being an overall average tasting cigar. I’d like to smoke the other available sizes before I write this off. But in terms of the Lonsdale, it’s a no for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.14

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.14

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John McTavish

SCORE

7.37

Cost/Point

$1.06

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.36

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