Illusione 68 Bombone

Illusione 68 Bombone

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5 each

This is one of those little sticks that make you wonder how they pack so much in without overpowering the smoke or burn. I’ve smoked a few Illusiones in the past . . . enjoyed them all. However, this is my maiden voyage with this vitola.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
The wrapper is a very dark, beautiful brown. There are a couple prominent veins, but all-in-all the appearance of this mini is quite pleasing . . . no noticeable flaws.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
The construction of this cigar is very nice. My Xikar cutter made quick work of the head and pre-light draw was superb. For a little stick, the burn was excellent. However, the initial ash didn’t hold long, but the second held to the end.

Illusione 68 Bombone

Flavor : Rating: ★★★☆☆
This smoke, at least for me, couldn’t be broken down into stages due, probably, to its size. Three flavors dominated . . . peppery spice, leather and parched nuts. This is certainly a full strength smoke and boy does this little rascal put out some smoke.

Right off the bat you’re hit with a fairly strong, but not overpowering, peppery spice. This quickly gives way to more nutty and creamy leathery tastes, alternating all three throughout the smoke. My only complaint was that, toward the end, a bitter, leather taste predominated and, ultimately, caused me to toss the stogie before finishing.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At $5 or so a stick, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this stogie for purchase.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★☆☆
It is a nice, decent smoke but, because of its size, doesn’t last very long. For the money, you would be better off grabbing a Fuente Short Story. Don’t get me wrong, I like the brand, but my future Illusione purchases will be the larger gauged smokes.

3 Comments on “Illusione 68 Bombone”

  1. A great smoke. Illusiones are one of my favorites, and this is one of my favorite sizes in the line.

  2. I’m with MountChuck. Though it’s small, this is a box-buy worthy smoke if ever there was one.

    I smoke more slowly than some people and often find this smoke lasts nearly as long as a robusto. Definitely a cigar that rewards dawdling.

  3. Saint Jimbob says:

    Hmm, as much as I like Illusiones, $5 for such a small stick doesn’t sound like it’ll fit my budget. For $2 more, you get an entire MK or CG:4.

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