Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild

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Cigar Details: JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild

  • Vitola: Rothschild
  • Length: 4.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Habano
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo
  • Factory: Las Lomas
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.00
  • Release Date: July 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 Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild is medium brown and has some slightly raised and knotty veins present. The seams are easily visible as they are also slightly raised while the head is finished off with a very well applied triple cap. The band is the traditional design for the brand with the upper portion being brown and gold and the lower portion a pastel yellow with the line name in brown. The aroma from the wrapper is a sweet, dry hay while the foot brings wood and floral notes. The pre-light draw gives me exactly what I got from the foot, a mix of wood and floral notes.

Pre-light Experience

The JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild is quite lovely in appearance and is finished with a wrapper that has a solid Colorado coloring. There are small veins throughout and the wrapper is silky to touch. It is firm throughout, well made, and has an aroma of sweet raisins, milk chocolate, spices and damp wood on the foot. The wrapper showing some dry wood and leather qualities.

Pre-light Experience

One of the nice design touches on the JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild is that the UPC sticker on the cellophane has a tear tab that leaves the sticker intact once the cellophane is opened. The wrapper on the cigar is a chocolate brown color, with visible flat seams. Nosing the cigar, I picked up graham cracker, chocolate and sweet hay from the wrapper. The foot itself was quite light and I was only able to pick up light hay after careful examination.

Pre-light Experience

The JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild has a caramel Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep multi-layer. Aromas from the wrapper tell barnyard and roasted chestnuts. Aromas from the foot tell the same but with added white pepper spice. Cold draw gives dried tea leaves, medicinal qualities and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood and light baking spice. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile and the light baking spice is now a light black pepper. The retrohale brings toasted wood and light mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the toasted wood and mustiness are even with the black pepper right behind and with a long finish. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some lovely spice notes and I am getting some pepper and citrus qualities with that. There are some coffee and nutty qualities present as well, and the finish is of dry wood. I would classify the cigar as being medium, and that goes for strength and body.

First Third

A mild and balanced profile to open with powdered cocoa, dry wood, mild hay and baking spices with cocoa to finish. As the cigar progresses, the wood begins to define the middle of the flavor profile. Around the 20 minute mark, there is a building mustiness to finish each draw, with a quick finish.

First Third

The first third has a tasty morsel of flavors. The profile is well balanced and full flavored with roasted chestnuts, milk creaminess and white pepper spice. Retrohaling deepens the aforementioned flavors and also brings a nice citrus rind. The finish has a mixture of baking spices and soil. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the toasted wood, mustiness and black pepper are all even. At a quarter inch in, the toasted wood takes the lead with the mustiness and black pepper in the background. The retrohale remains toasted wood and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile maintains the toasted wood up front with the mustiness and black pepper in the background. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a flavor profile that has this citrus spice to it and it overwhelms the other flavors. I am getting some soft wood and leather notes, but the citrus spice is dominating. Like before, medium in strength and body,

Second Third

Wood and mustiness settle onto the palate between draws. Some baking spices are present on the retrohale, and as the cigar progresses the musty component joins the retrohale. In the bottom half of the second third, cocoa comes through. Moving towards the last third, bitter tannins take over the post draw.

Second Third

The second third shifts to more minerals and baking spices. Luckily, I’m still getting the other flavors of roasted chestnuts, milk creaminess and white pepper spice. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note transitions to char. At a quarter inch in, the char has already built up quite a bit. The retrohale remains toasted wood and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness becomes even with the charred wood while the black pepper is light in the background. The cigar maintains this profile through to the end. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third showed some transitioning from the second third, and it has a conclusion that delivers some herbal spice notes, some black pepper and blackened chicken. It has a long finish, and the herbal and spice notes remain dominant to the end. In terms of body and strength, the cigar smokes at a medium level.

Final Third

The retrohale consists of musty baking spices and wood. The baking spices and wood carry through into the post draw on each draw. As the cigar settles in, cedar takes up the center of the profile and brings with it some dryness.

Final Third

The final third continues the trend of mineral and baking spice focus. The most noteworthy part of it is the finish picking up these notes, doing a good job of coating my palate. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but always caught up with itself. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

Burn was amazing from start to finish. Amazing construction.

Burn

The burn is straight with some mild flaking to the ash. A canoe develops going into the second third, which corrects itself.

Burn

Burn performance was a couple notches below perfection. A few touch-ups required due to an uneven burn. Not typically a major deal but for a short Rothchild size to touch-up more than a couple times, it is.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug throughout and a draw tool provided no relief.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted wood and light baking spice. Some mustiness joined in fairly quickly and the baking spice transitioned to black pepper. The final third saw the toast transition to char and the char increased quickly over the first quarter inch. Construction was pretty good aside from a snug draw and strength was medium most of the way. The JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild had an average enjoyment level with the focus around a core set of flavors. The final third dropped down a bit as the heavy char took over the profile. Plenty of cigars on the market that perform similarly, but the price is quite attractive and easy to recommend for trying one, but not likely something I return to.

Draw

Beautiful draw throughout. Awesome!

Overall

I was not pleased with the JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild. I thought it was fairly one dimensional for a majority of the cigar and the flavors delivered, besides not being to my liking, were lacking. With no transitioning, or even a core flavor profile that was enjoyable, this was disappointing. Great burn and draw, but that means nothing in the end. As I have said, you either make a great Honduran puro or you don’t. Would not recommend, and if you are a fan of Aladino and have not smoked this, don’t.

Draw

The draw is very good with only some mild resistance, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.

Overall

The JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild started out promising in the first third with enough flavor complexity to keep me engaged. That complexity seemed to fall away in the second and last third, leaving me with a pleasant but otherwise average experience. Construction was excellent, with only a small resistance to the draw. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 23 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, providing the ideal air flow.

Overall

This was a tasty little cigar. Well balanced and full of flavors, never letting off the gas pedal from first draw to last. Minerals, baking spices, roasted chestnuts, milk creaminess and white pepper spice. Nothing to dislike about that flavor combination. I thoroughly enjoyed the JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild and it’s an easy recommend.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.00

Cost/Point

$1.20

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.68

Cost/Point

$1.28

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.01

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$0.86

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Team Cigar Review: JRE Aladino Habano Vintage Selection Rothschild
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