Illusione MJ12

Illusione MJ12

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7-8 each
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The naming conventions used by Dion Giolito for Illusione normally revolve around significant times in his life or Jesus Christ… the latter of which I think is awesome! I was a little puzzled in determining the origination of the name mj12 because it’s not listed on the Illusione website, so I googled onward. Well.. the Majestic Twelve happen to be a committee of scientists, military leaders, and politicians whom were charged with the investigation of UFOs. Based on Dion’s other names I’m guessing this isn’t it, but this is what lean toward because the shiny foil wrapper makes it look like a UFO; I tried linking it to Christ. The only thing I could come up with was the original 12 disciples of Jesus. This makes sense, because Dion considers the Illusione mj12 a classic connoisseurs cigar, and the 12 disciples were true connoisseurs of Christianity. Let me know if I’m right Dion!

Much like the 68 I smoked the other day, I decided to enjoy a cigar while toiling with leaves and branches. A word of warning: a power hedge trimmer can cut through an extension cord while your concentrating on the flavors of a smoke! Though this did give me the opportunity to retest my soldering skills. I was leaning towards LFD Double Ligero Chisel Head, but I had a light lunch and was working with power tools… bad idea. I still wanted something medium-full bodied to match the crispness of Autumn, so I decided on the Illusione mj12 ‘The Majestic 12′. It had been staring me in the face for several weeks, because I haven’t tried this vitola yet. Here’s my take…

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Cigar Tweeple List

I love how Twitter comes up with new features lately. Also, there has been less downtime... On the other hand, the spam gets out of control these days and I receive tons of spammy DMs from people who got their accounts hacked (by the way - DON'T click on any links you receive via DMs). I really hope they'll be able to tackle this issue very soon.

As you probably know, we've been building lists of cigar people to follow on Twitter. The bigger the lists get, the more difficult they are to manage and I was happy to discover the new 'lists' feature introduced by Twitter. I went ahead and created one in which I included all the accounts definitely worth following.
You can check it out here.
You can either follow the list or follow all the people in the list.

Enjoy and see you on Twitter!

Cigar Reviews of the Week #79 (Nov 14 2009)

Here's what we've got to share with you this Saturday:

Cabaiguan Maduro

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

With the Cabaiguan, Pete Johnson created a milder alternative to his Tatuaje line.
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Read our take on the Cabaiguan...

Robert Burns 1930

Reviewed by Brooks at  Smoking Stogie

Brooks had a chance to smoke a 80-year old cigar.
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Combo deal at Cuban Crafters

We've got another nice combo deal from Cuban Crafters - you can get a sampler of 15 of their finest cigars (including J.L. Salazar, Don Kiki and La Carolina), a classy humidor and a cutter for just $69.99.
Check it out!

Alec Bradley Prensado

Alec Bradley Prensado

Photo credit: Stogie Review

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Corojo 2006
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa
Price : ~$8 each
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Last Friday I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of smoking with Mr. George Sosa, National Sales Director of Alec Bradley Cigars, and was fortunate enough to be one of the first to receive their newest release, the Prensado. Not only is Mr. Sosa one of the company’s three principal executives, he is also a retired U.S. Navy – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, so naturally he and I hit it off right away and he is also the only other person in the industry I have ever met who knew the answer to the riddle of why do Bomb Technicians like box-pressed cigars? If you want to know, you have to ask.

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Poll & Discussion: cigars taste!

Poll - Taste

After the interesting discussion about cigars construction and quite special results of that poll, I stumbled across a discussion of this post on UK cigar forums. Kingcohiba and other members suggested to run another poll, this time regarding the flavor.

So, which cigars, according to your experience, taste better on average - Cubans or non-Cubans? I understand that this is not a simple question as there are lots of nuances, but I thought it might be interesting to get the rough numbers. Also, it would be fair to give Cuban cigars fans a chance to have a revenge :)

PS For those of you who are reading this post via RSS or e-mail, please click here to visit the post and cast your vote/comment. Thank you.

Illusione 68

Illusione 68

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

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Cain Maduro Torpedo

Cain Maduro Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero (Jalapa, Esteli, Condega)
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $8 each
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My previous review was of the Cain Habano Robusto. In that review I detailed a bit about the makeup and story of the this straight Ligero cigar so click on over and check that out as well. Today I am smoking the Maduro Torpedo. I was trying to find some more information about this wrapper and was unable to find anything definitive about it. I have seen it referred to as a Nicaraguan Maduro, a Mexican Maduro, and even a Brazilian Maduro wrapper. I am not sure which it is at this point. I am not inclined to agree with the Brazilian label though. As Maduro wrappers go this one doesn’t have much tooth to it, and in my experience, the Brazilian maduro is on of the toothiest maduro wrappers I have seen. That is just an opinion and a guess though. It could very well be Brazilian, I just don’t know right now.

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La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Doble Robusto
Size : 155 x 20 mm (6.1 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2008
Price : $20+
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos is a Regional Edition specially made by Habanos SA for the UK market. It was supposed to be released in 2008 but only appeared on the market in January 2009 because of the delays caused by brothers Gustav, Ike and Paloma. Only 2040 boxes of 10 cigars were made.

La Gloria Cubana is not a trendy brand. The cigars are not known to the general public and with this Regional Release Simon Chase, from Hunters & Frankau (the distributor of Cuban cigars in the UK), wanted to give it a second life.

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