8 responses

  1. Labman
    June 10, 2009

    Very nice review! Although I haven’t actually had this particular Illusione, from the others I’ve had the pleasure to smoke, I have no doubt that the MK is as good as you described!

    As non-US cigar smokers, we tend to get in this Habanos-only mind set. Often, we get so wrapped up in our Cuban cigars, that we miss out on some very fine smokes from other parts of the world. I applaud you getting out of that Habanos-only mind set and for expanding your cigar smoking experience by adding the Illusione MK to your smoking repertoire. I hope you continue to experiment and enjoy both Habanos and non-Habanos for the rest of your cigar smoking days! :)

    BTW, Nicaragua produces some of my favourite cigars…many of which, in my opinion, rival even the finest Habanos!


  2. TimD
    June 10, 2009

    This is an excellent review and it seems to capture the same opinion I have on the mk, as well as most of the illusione line.


  3. htown
    June 10, 2009

    Nice review. I have not yet tried the MK, but every Illusione I have tried so far, I have liked.


  4. Robert
    June 10, 2009

    Nice review. Illusione is one of my favorite brands, and one of a handful that can match Habanos, for my tastes anyway. I like the MK, the CG4 and the F9. Be sure to also check out the new Illusione Epernay line, which is similar in some ways, but more subtle.

    I am somewhat surprised you’ve had no construction issues – I usually find some with Illusiones. That said, the most recent Illusiones I’ve had seem to have been rolled better and had better burns.


  5. Daize
    June 10, 2009

    I have only ever smoked the five from my box. Its pretty safe to assume that there must be some variation (Illusione torcedors arn’t Gods after all), but I have not personally experienced it. Also I have not smoked any other Illusione asides from the MK and cannot comment on construction of other cigars under the Illusione brand name.

    Thanks for the suggestions Robert, I will definitely be trying other Illusiones when I get the chance.


  6. Dale
    October 4, 2009

    If you like the MK, then you will absolutely love the CG4…I have both and would take the CG4 hands down. If you ever get a chance, the Illusione Cuchillos Cubanos 42 are suprisingly very good as well and are under $4 each! I got them from New Havana Cigars – excellent service!


  7. handypilot
    October 5, 2009

    I haven’t had a Illusione that I didn’t like and this one is no exception – it’s one of my favorites, along with the ~2~. I also love the naming concept that Dion employs…Who isn’t going to smoke cigar named after Christ?

    Daize: Welcome to the NC club! You definitely need to smoke more Nicaraguan Puros…try Casa Magna. You won’t be disappointed, because Nicaragua is growing the best tobacco right now.


  8. Zen Cigar
    April 21, 2013

    My Review of the Illusione ~mk~

    The ~mk~ aka “The Teaching Machine” is a classic corona that has a throwback flavor. This cigar is very rustic in presentation and taste. The draw is slightly tight, but that’s OK for a corona, but the construction is perfect. The dark tight ash holds as long as you want it to and you are rewarded with bountiful smoke and one hell of a kick. This is not your daddy’s cigar.

    Illusione MK

    Rich pepper and spice abound with hints of leather and anise. This cigar is a powerhouse, both full in body and very full in strength. I bought an extra one so that I could put it down for a year. Can’t wait to see how this little firecracker will do with some age!

    Rating: 88 (B+)


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