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September Member Sponsored Geek Critique
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junglepete
Posted 7/7/2018 9:48 AM (#744003)
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This Geek Critique has been generously sponsored by biggsy16 (Rich)

The Cigar: Illusione Gigantes Maduro (6.5 x 56)

The Specs:

Country Manufactured: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Dual Nicaragua Criollo 98/Corojo 99

The Hype:

Illusione cigars were a dream made into a reality by cigar retail veteran Dion Giolito. Dion had been working in cigar stores and eventually running his own cigar shop for about 15 years. Like a lot of cigar fanatics, he wanted to create his own cigar that was blended for his own personal taste. Dion made a great choice when he paired up with Paul Palmer of Casa Fernandez cigars to make Illusion cigars. Illusione cigars are made with 1st generation Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 tobacco grown in Nicaragua. Illusione cigars are a bold, medium to full bodied experience with a complex blend of flavors ranging from coffee, earth and leather. The taste is reminiscent of pre-Sandanista Nicaraguan cigars.

Illusione Gigantes cigars are a big follow up to the very popular Illusione Rothchilde. The newest cigar from the boutique brand is full of flavor yet medium-bodied, precisely what Illusione is known for.

This large and in charge cigar is packed with earthy flavors such as cocoa, salted nuts, leather, pepper, and has a sweet creaminess from the dark Mexican San Andres maduro wrapper and the well-aged blend of Aganorsa long-fillers derived from Nicaragua. Joined with an enjoyable floral aroma, this premium cigar is not too big for your britches.

A blend of Nicaraguan Criollo '98 and Corojo '99, and finished with a 'Capa Rustica' San Andreas Wrapper. Medium to full-bodied and very complex. The CT series is a blend of Nicaraguan Criollo '98 and Corojo '99, and finished with a Connecticuit Shade Wrapper from Ecuador. Medium bodied and very complex

Due Date: August 25th., 2018

The Reviewers:

Veteran or plus status. Must not have done a Geek Critique review in June, July, or August. Must be an active member.

1. apollo (Stephen)
2. headfirst (Gary)
3. kalmm143 (Kevin)
4. benchjockey (Barry)
5. beegerply (Byron)

Note: A reviewer who posts their review late will receive neutral feedback. A reviewer who does not post at all will receive negative feedback. There are always exceptions to the rule and a reasonable excuse for tardiness or a no show will be respected and thus not counted against the reviewer. Our sponsoring members and our administrators make the choice of who is to participate in any particular Geek Critique and can be better informed of their choices with this initiative in place.

Thanks again to Rich for taking this one on and providing the cigar. THANKS!! And happy smokin'
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klamm143
Posted 7/7/2018 5:48 PM (#744017 - in reply to #744003)
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I'll throw my name it on this one Peter - I can't let headfirst (Gary) have all the fun!!!!!!
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junglepete
Posted 7/7/2018 6:05 PM (#744020 - in reply to #744017)
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You're in Kevin, thanks.
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appollo
Posted 7/10/2018 2:45 PM (#744182 - in reply to #744003)
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klamm143
Posted 7/11/2018 1:30 AM (#744214 - in reply to #744003)
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biggsy16
Posted 7/11/2018 6:04 PM (#744251 - in reply to #744003)
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Posted 7/11/2018 6:47 PM (#744257 - in reply to #744003)
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This is how it’s been lately on these it seems, it’s not you Rich. C’mon geeks!
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benchjockey
Posted 7/11/2018 8:24 PM (#744267 - in reply to #744003)
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Haven't done a GC all year but I'd love a shot at this one.
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Posted 7/12/2018 10:39 AM (#744412 - in reply to #744267)
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benchjockey - 7/12/2018 12:24 AM

Haven't done a GC all year but I'd love a shot at this one.


You're in Barry
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Posted 7/12/2018 11:14 AM (#744416 - in reply to #744003)
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My thanks to Rich for giving this Mexican wrapper fan an opportunity to smoke a cigar I haven't tried yet. And thanks to Pete for answering this so quickly.
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Posted 7/14/2018 8:35 AM (#745611 - in reply to #744416)
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Let's bump this baby and get another reviewer before I break the rules and do it myself Who wouldn't want to smoke an Illusion anyway
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Posted 7/14/2018 8:40 AM (#745613 - in reply to #745611)
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junglepete - 7/14/2018 10:35 AM

Let's bump this baby and get another reviewer before I break the rules and do it myself Who wouldn't want to smoke an Illusion anyway
Great sticks all the ones I have smoked
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benchjockey
Posted 7/14/2018 10:30 AM (#745618 - in reply to #744003)
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Haven't had a bad Illusione yet.
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Posted 7/16/2018 7:07 AM (#746681 - in reply to #744003)
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I done one in June Pete but if know one wants to I'll be more then happy to.
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Posted 7/16/2018 8:44 AM (#746683 - in reply to #746681)
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Posted 7/16/2018 9:08 AM (#746684 - in reply to #744003)
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Thanks Rich and Pete really looking forward to this
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Posted 7/16/2018 2:09 PM (#746697 - in reply to #744003)
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Posted 7/20/2018 1:51 PM (#748927 - in reply to #744003)
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Posted 7/20/2018 2:49 PM (#748934 - in reply to #748927)
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Posted 7/26/2018 12:35 PM (#749256 - in reply to #744003)
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Package arrived in good shape. Your generosity is much appreciated, Rich!
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Posted 7/27/2018 7:46 PM (#749316 - in reply to #744003)
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Beegerply
Posted 7/30/2018 7:09 AM (#749405 - in reply to #744003)
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Rich still have not received a package I'm hoping today.
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Posted 7/30/2018 6:33 PM (#749426 - in reply to #744003)
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Rich received my pkg.today.it sure picked up a lot of hitchhikers coming across country.Thanks a lot rich I will look foreword to turning them into ash.The towel will come in handy in wiping the sweat beads off my cold beer.
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klamm143
Posted 7/30/2018 7:18 PM (#749431 - in reply to #744003)
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Ditto (Exactly) to what Appollo said - Got my package in today as well - cigars in perfect condition even though one side of the box was crushed - that TOWEL saved to day Brother. WOW on the hitchhikers - much appreciated.
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Beegerply
Posted 7/31/2018 7:17 AM (#749442 - in reply to #744003)
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Got mine yesterday Rich wow thanks for the extras looking forward to smoking them also all new to me.
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