Illusione 68

Illusione 68

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

The 68 is a Nicaraguan puro made by Dion Giolito the founder of Illusione cigars. There seems to be some kind of reported conspiracy or mysteries regarding the reasons behind the names of the Illuisone cigars. There need not be any mystery. All the information is available right on the Illusione site, In the case of the 68, it is the year Dion Giolito was born. I received this cigar as a gift. It is the only 68 I have smoked, and it’s the only Illusione I have ever smoked.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
This is a chocolaty brown wrapper. There are lots of small veins, but nothing major. The label is very nice. It is different with just a white background and black lettering.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
This triple capped cigar is well rolled. It was packed tight with a very minor soft spot. The light was easy. The burn was spot on perfect, never needing a correction. The burn line was a little wavy but good overall. I clipped the triple cap, and checked the pre-light draw, which was also about perfect. It gave off a lot of smoke for such a tiny cigar. The ash was white and held on quite well. It burned a lot longer than I expected, a little longer than an hour.

Illusione 68

Flavor : Rating: ★★★½☆
My pre-light tasting noted the smell of raisin and tobacco. The initial taste after lighting was very spicy. It left spicy heat in my mouth that I can only describe as jalapeño or pepper jack cheese. There was also a hint of mocha and cedar. It was spicy on the retro-hale. After the first inch or so the pepper tastes mellowed out and the taste of hickory and nuttiness came to the front. It stayed this way until the cigar was almost finished. It then became leathery, with a salty or metallic taste. It was tough for me to pin down the exact flavor. At this point I wasn’t enjoying it as much so I put it down.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At $5 per vitola I don’t think you could really go wrong with this cigar. It is worth a shot to see if you might enjoy it.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★½☆
There is no doubt that this is a good cigar. The initial pepper is nice and the burn was great. It is well constructed and it has some interesting notes. The overall tastes just didn’t do it for me. I don’t think this cigar would make it into my regular rotation. If someone gave me one, I would certainly smoke it. If the flavor profile sounds like something you might enjoy, I say go ahead and get it. At five bucks it’s worth trying. As usual, your mileage may vary.