CLE Aladino – Opening Thoughts
I was completely unfamiliar with the CLE Aladino, but the names behind the brand are industry icons. The Aladino blender is none other than Julio Eiroa, father of CLE founder, Christian Eiroa. According to information online, the name of the cigar came from a theater turned cigar factory where CLE rollers employ their skills.
The Aladino, a Honduran puro, appeared light brown and rolled to medium firmness. With minimal veins and well hidden seams, the construction seemed solid. Scents from the wrapper included graham cracker and mild tobacco, piquing my anticipation. From the foot, baking spices, molasses and dry hay presented the possibility of complexity within the cigar.
Removing the cap with a straight cut, I encountered an easy draw laden with cinnamon, floral notes, hay and cedar combining in perfect harmony.
CLE Aladino – First Third
Leather, Cedar, Floral Notes, Black Pepper, Graham Cracker, Leather, Mild Baking Spice, White Pepper
The Aladino profile began with a leather note which left my mouth dry. Fortunately, the dry aspect didn’t last long. Sweet cedar and light floral notes moved into the mix, blending together perfectly. A hint of black pepper arrived in the late stages of the profile, providing a comfortable tingle on my palate.
The retrohale experience, heavy with graham cracker and leather, offered little heat. Mild baking spice and white pepper produced a light punch to my sinuses, providing the first indication of power from the Corojo tobacco in the cigar.
Late in the first third, pepper dialed back and the floral notes moved straight to the front of the line. This change complimented the sweetness and graham cracker notes perfectly. Along with this change, the Aladino began really cranking out the smoke. Additionally, the ash on the Aladino was light gray and solid right to the end of the first third.
CLE Aladino – Middle Third
Cedar, Leather, Sweet Cream, Mild Spice, Floral Notes, Sweet Spice, Mild Pepper
The middle third found many of the same flavors present in the first section. The order of appearance changed, including the addition of sweet cream behind cedar and leather. Mild spice rounded out the profile, combining perfectly with the sweet cream.
Up until this point, the burn on the Aladino caused me no concern. Suddenly, the burnline wavered, requiring a correction to prevent an attempted run. Despite the needed correction, I continued to be impressed with the heavy smoke output from the cigar. Even when left in the rest, aromatic cedar smoke drifted from the cigar.
In the middle section of the Aladino, the retrohale gained complexity with cedar, light floral flavors, sweet spices and mild pepper. The flavors worked together fantastically.
CLE Aladino – Final Third
Cedar, Mild Tobacco, Graham Cracker, White Pepper, Grilled Meat, Cinnamon, Red Pepper Flake
I found myself entering the final third of the CLE Aladino after fifty minutes of smoking. The draw, construction and smoke production of this cigar had been near perfect through the first two-thirds.
Familiar players of cedar and graham cracker remained with mild tobacco notes interjecting into the mix. Spicy white pepper rounded things out, leaving an impression of strength on the palate. The retrohale found new energy as well with the edition of grilled meat flavor, cinnamon and a sharp red pepper flake heat in the sinuses.
While construction was solid through the experience, again in the final third the burn line required a minor correction. The ash remained light gray and solid from start to finish. I did notice the cigar started getting warm towards the end and became a bit mushy as well.
Enjoyable Flavor Profile
Relatively Maintenance Free
Fantastic Final Third
Minor Burn Corrections
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