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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Illusione Gigantes
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Byron (Beegerply)
89
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 Strawberry lemonade

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

This cigar had a dry look to it. The barrel was firm in hand. It had the aroma of barnyard and dry straw. There was minimal veining and the cap looked well applied. The cold draw was tight and had a sweet grass taste to it.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lite up nicely and the draw was slightly tight but not a problem. It had a very wobble burn to it but only needed to be corrected once. The ash was medium gray and chunky looking. The smoke volume was just right. And the burn rate was good. I did have to relight it a couple of time towards the end.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The overall construction on this cigar was great it was well bunched looking at the foot. There was no soft spots and the cap cut cleanly. The draw was a bit tight but loosened up towards the middle. The wrapper was seamless with no blemishes.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

The opening of the cigar had a nice what I like to call old cigar taste like it was meant to be smoked before I was born. It was oaky with a dry earth to it. It had a nice pepper on the back of the throat. The middle part of the cigar some notes of coffee and a bit of leather came in and out with a slight pepper taste remaining. The last half I didn't notice much change but it was still enjoyable. I felt that it was between medium and a full body in strength.

Summary

I enjoyed this cigar it was not overly complex but it had enough to keep my entrust. It took awhile to smoke just over 2hrs for me. I'm a slow smoker. I would have a few of these in the humi. Thanks Rich for giving me the chance to review this cigar.



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