Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto

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Cigar Details: JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: Las Lomas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $7.80
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: JRE

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto is a light tan and has a couple of slightly raised veins. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to the light color of the wrapper and the head is finished with a well applied triple cap. The band is the traditional design for the brand, but is in a white, black and silver color combination for this line. The aroma from the wrapper is hay and a light buttery wood. The foot brings a fuller version of the buttery wood. The pre-light draw is a slightly green hay that gives me a bit of cotton mouth.

Pre-light Experience

The JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto is a smooth Connecticut with few veins present throughout. It has a Natural coloring and it has hints of golden hay but also some light greenish brown coloring. It is giving off aromas of hay, grass and tobacco, but also some cream and raisins which I seem to get with Honduran tobacco.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood and light paper and chalkiness. At a half inch in, the components are better intertwined and as odd as the combination sounds it’s not entirely off-putting. At three quarters of an inch in, the paper note goes away as some mustiness joins in and pairs with the chalkiness. The retrohale is wood and a combination of mustiness and chalkiness. As the third comes to a close, the wood gains a slight char with the musty/chalky combination right behind. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some cream and hay notes and I am getting touches of grass and soft spices as well. There is a finish of bran cereal, but it is subtle overall and joined by some white pepper notes. I would classify the cigar as being between mild and medium overall, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the char has left and a hay note has joined in and matched up evenly with the wood. At a half inch in, the paper note returns to the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, an herbal note joins. The retrohale carries wood, dry earth and the musty/chalky combination. At an inch and a quarter, some char returns to the profile as things now consist of slightly charred wood, hay, paper, musty/chalkiness and light herbal note. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar, I find some creamy and soft spice notes up front and the finish is of hay, white pepper and grass. Not much transitioning from the first third, but overall a solid smoking experience. It is not as grassy in this third, but it is still present just taking a back seat to the hay. Like before, I would classify the cigar as being mild to medium in body and strength, same for flavors.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the herbal note takes on a burnt characteristic and is right behind the charred wood. At a half inch in, the paper adds a burning note to it as well and with the combination of the burnt herbal note and charred wood, this is an unpleasant experience. The retrohale is charred wood and burnt paper. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is burnt paper and herbal notes along with charred wood and some mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third is fairly similar to that of the second third and I am getting notes of grass, hay, cream and soft spices. There are touches of bran and white pepper like the first third, but they are more subtle and in the background. Like before, the cigar is between mild and medium, and that goes for strength, body and flavors.

Burn

The burn line was straight throughout. The ash held on in about half inch increments and frequently fell with no warning.

Burn

The burn was very good from start to finish on the cigar. Great construction and a beautiful ash that held on firmly at the end.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, paper and chalkiness. The paper went away and some mustiness joined in as well as some char to the wood. The second third saw the paper return and an herbal note join. The final third saw a burnt note join the paper and herbal notes. Construction was quite good and needed no attention and strength built from mild-medium up to medium. I can’t imagine that the profile this is supposed to have is in the JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto that I smoked. The flavor profile was not very good and the final third was down right unpleasant. I do want to revisit this to see what another sample will show and am interested to see how Seth’s experience was. As of now, I can’t recommend it, but we’ll see what the future holds.

Aaron
Seth
GoodPre
Light
Good
SubparFirst
Third
Good
SubparSecond ThirdAverage
PoorFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawAmazing
SubparOverallAverage

Draw

Draw was absolutely perfect on this cigar. Could not ask for more in the draw department.

Overall

I liked the JRE Aladino Connecticut Robusto and thought it was a nice addition to the Aladino brand. I was not blown away by it, and would not say it is a Connecticut that you have to search out, but it is a solid release. I think the wrapper did well over the Honduran blend and the cigar is a blend that many smokers could support. If you were limited in options at a store or function, you would be happy picking some of these up. I do think it would be great to see the blend with a little more strength to it, but I understand what they were trying to do with this release. I think if they added some strength and body, they would get more in the flavor department that would result in a more complex and satisfying blend for a smoker like myself. With that being said, well priced and a nice smoking experience.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

3.98

Cost/Point

$1.96

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.30

Scoring System

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