Price- MSRP $9.95
Size – Lancero (7×40)
Strength- Demi (2/4)
Rating- Rocky IV (9/10)
Wrapper- Nicaraguan Corojo 98
Binder- Nicaraguan Criollo 99
This year illusione snuck onto my rotation. It started as something polished and not in your face that I could smoke while getting some work done. After more frequency, I decided to sit down and enjoy the nuances one can miss if not paying attention.
As I light and begin my first draw I receive a taste of toasted nuts, with a healthy dose of spice on the retrohale. The toasty nut flavor then defines itself as toasted graham cracker (like on a baked cheesecake) the oils manage to coat my palette with the mentioned flavors. The retro then transitions to that classic illusione floral note; very faint but lets you know it’s an Illusione.
The retro then becomes more and more bakers spice with a light roast coffee ground emergence. The graham cracker flavor remains, but with added tartness very reminiscent to the oils found on an orange peel. All while the smoke provides a chewy texture.
As the cigar nears the end, the palette remains coated. Woodsy, and toasted nut notes with hints of pepper replace the flavors of citrus and graham cracker. The after taste is that of non-bitter espresso and slight mint. The spice on the retro increases followed with a slight pepper nuance. The cigar while being relatively cool finishes with some distinguished heat.
Flavor Notes- Graham Cracker, Coffee, Nuts, Citrus
Smoke time- 1hour 40 minutes
Now to the two questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor space? Heck Yea! Sitting on a couple boxes myself.
If you haven’t tried illusione, or perhaps want to give it another try this cigar truly embodies illusione. Refined, good construction and unique flavor that can’t be found anywhere else. I recall Dion, stating that his cigars don’t need to be paired with any drink as they really make your taste buds water. While I cant agree that is the case with all his cigars, this one truly accomplishes that goal. If you have a chance grab a box as these will be a beauty to age.