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Like many other manufacturers this year, JRE Tobacco Co. has gone with a slightly more subdued booth from their previous setup. JRE has much less booth structure than 2019, but still an efficient and clean setup that provides plenty of seating for retailer meetings and still displays its product nicely.

On this day, JRE was the first booth I walked to when I got to the show floor, even before I dropped by our bunker. Even though I was interrupting breakfast and coffee time, Andrea Eiroa graciously took some time to show me the three blends getting new sizes this year.

Aladino Corojo Reserva Figurado

The newest addition to the Aladino Corojo Reserva line is a figurado shape this year, following two parejo releases: the No. 4 and the Toro.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Binder: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Filler: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Aladino Corojo Reserva Figurado (6 1/4 x 54) — $16 (Box of 10, $160)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 2021

Aladino Cameroon Elegante

If there is one cigar size that I am always excited to try in a blend, it’s a lancero, and the great thing is this isn’t the only one they have this year. The fourth size in the line received a soft launch back in December, shipping to everybody starting here at the show.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Cameroon)
  • Binder: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Filler: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Aladino Cameroon Elegante (7 x 38) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: December 2020

Aladino Vintage Selection Elegante & Toro

The Vintage Selection is getting two new sizes, one of which is the other lancero I referred to above. The soft launch for these two sizes was earlier this year, with the remaining shipments starting here at the show.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Habano)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Aladino Vintage Selection Elegante (7 x 38) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • Aladino Vintage Selection Toro (6 x 50) — $8.80 (Box of 20, $176)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: May 2021

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.