The Aladino Cameroon is one of the more unique cigars on the market in recent times. This Honduran puro features a Honduran-grown Cameroon wrapper. Cameroon wrapper grown in Honduras. That blew my mind.
Julio R. Eiroa set out to grow Cameroon wrapper on his farm in Honduras back in 2015. Fast forward to 2020 and you now have the beautifully rugged Honduran Cameroon wrapper used on the Aladino Cameroon. For reference, the Eiroa family used a Cameroon wrapper before—on the short-lived Camacho Select back in 2007—but that wrapper originated from Cameroon, Africa, not Honduras.
The Aladino Cameroon was released in 2020 with three different vitolas, including the 5″ x 50 Robusto, 6″ x 43 Lonsdale, and a 6″ x 52 Super Toro. They added the 7″ x 38 Elegante earlier this year.
Aladino Cameroon Lonsdale Breakdown
- Wrapper: Honduran Cameroon
- Binder: Honduran Corojo
- Filler: Honduran Corojo
- Factory: Las Lomas Factory (Honduras)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitola: 6″ × 43 (Lonsdale)
- Price: $7.80 (MSRP)
The Aladino band has grown on me over the years. It sports a large “A” with the name “ALADINO” arched over it. The color and secondary information changes depending on which blend you are smoking. It’s extremely simple to know what you’re smoking, which is something that some other manufacturers struggle with. The Aladino Cameroon has a red band with metallic silver accents, and it stands out well on the reddish hue of the Cameroon wrapper. The wrapper itself has a rugged look and a characteristically toothy feel.
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The Honduran Cameroon wrapper gave off some sweet and sour notes during the pre-light inspection. Notes of sourdough, cinnamon, gingersnap cookies, and fresh soil were present. The cold draw was perfect, with notes of oatmeal, cinnamon, anise, and root beer.
I was hit with notes of cinnamon graham crackers, molasses, and sourdough bread in the beginning, and those notes hung on throughout the experience. As I progressed through the first third, elements of semi-sweet chocolate, gingerbread, and black pepper solidified the flavor profile.
The middle third saw the gingerbread and sourdough notes fade a bit. They were replaced by an intensified cinnamon and black pepper spice. The sourdough was ushered back in for the closing act, and the cigar finished with an intensified black pepper on the palate and through the retrohale.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Absolutely. The diversity of flavor was delightful and the balance even more so. I was afraid that the sourdough note would turn into a nondescript sourness and throw the whole thing out of whack. Thankfully, that never happened. I was truly impressed by this cigar.
- The Aladino Cameroon Lancero was released earlier this year and debuted at the 2021 PCA trade show.
- The Camacho Select line—a former Cameroon from the Eiroa family—was discontinued when Davidoff acquired the brand in 2008. That cigar used a traditional African version of the varietal.
- JRE Tobacco changed their Instagram handle to @aladinocigars (formerly @jretobacco) on July 20, 2021.
- JRE Tobacco will still feature their other brands (Rancho Luna and Tatascan) on Instagram on the @aladinocigars channel.
- Flavor: Medium-Plus
- Strength: Medium
- Body: Medium-Plus
- Cinnamon graham crackers
- Sourdough bread
- Semi-sweet chocolate
- Mild black pepper
- Smoke Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
- Pairing Recommendation: Root beer | Boulevard Tank 7 Belgian saison
- Purchase Recommendation: The price point is very approachable, so I suggest you start with a fiver. I smoked three cigars for this review, and they got better each time. You all know I’m not a big box buyer, but I’m definitely in the market for a few five-packs. Perhaps the lancero will be worthy of a box buy?
- Abundance of flavor
- Unique experience
- Approachable price point
- Discrepancies between samples
- Occasional off-putting bitterness in mid-section