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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Illusione Gigantes
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Stephen (appollo)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member biggsy16 (Rich).  The cigar provided for this round is the Illusione Gigantes Maduro.

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.


Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
56
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro Gordo

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

This is a real good looking stick with  super smooth wrapper with very few veins.I checked the stick and it appears to have no soft spots.The stick cuts easily.I get a nice tobacco smell with a little earthiness.There is also a slight sheen to this wrapper.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

The stick fires up nicely with enough smoke out put,but I find the further in the stick except for the last third you have to work at it for the smoke I like to have.This is a slow burner but it also a 60ring gauage.The ash is a light grey with black strips.The ash is also flakey and flowery and really doesn't hold on for long.The burn on this baby is wonky and requires several touch-ups during the smoke

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The wrapper is nice and smooth with no imperfections and no soft spots.The wrapper is very smooth to the touch.The draw is spot on.I really can't find anything wrong with the construction.There are no visible seams.

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

1st third-The stick fires up nicely and takes acouple minutes to warm up.The smoke output is ok.I get some nice pepper on the retro.The only other flavor I can pic up in this are oak and leather with oak being the dominate..

2nd third-The pepper picks up some in this third but still very nice.The oak is still the dominate flavor with leather and now just a slight hit of chocolate playing background to the oak.
Last third.-The final third starts like the others with oak being dominate.The oak does fade as this third burns.The pepper also subsides on the retro.The new flavor that emerges in this third a  tobacco flavor with the hint of chocolate. The total smoke time is 2hrs.

Summary

Thanks Rich for including me in this critique.The smoke time is 2hrs.so do set a side some time for this stick.The finish is short the whole way through.This is a nice stick but not very complex,it does stay smooth and only heats up with about one and a half inches left and that's when it sees the bottom of the ash tray.

Good stick but not one I would keep in the humi,just not my flavor profile.



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