Illusione ~ hl ~ Holy Lance

Illusione ~ hl ~ Holy Lance

Photo credit: Claire Hogan

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.5 x 40
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7-9 per stick
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The following review comes courtesy of Robert (Twitter), a cigar lover from Central Ohio. Enjoy!

In the same league as the Holy Grail and Shroud of Turin, the Holy Lance is considered a relic of Jesus Christ. Believed to be the spear that pierced Christ's side as he hung on the cross, according to legend, Constantine the Great (the first Christian Roman Emperor) carried the weapon in battle. Some believe that Hitler pilfered the Holy Lance and ordered it to be hidden in Antarctica, where it remained until being retrieved by European Nazis in the seventies.

Since it is impossible to track down the current whereabouts of the Holy Lance, we will just have to examine the Dion Giolito blended Illusione ~ hl ~ the more user friendly Holy Lance.

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CAO La Traviata Radiante

CAO La Traviata

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro (Radiante)
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : $5.65 each
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Tim Ozgener produces another great smoke in the CAO line of cigars. La Traviata was announced at this year’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) meeting in New Orleans. The cigar comes in three vitolas: Divino (5 in. x 50); Intrépido (7 in. x 54); and today’s featured cigar, the Radiante (6 in. x 52). The band is very elaborate with raised lettering and art work. Great thought did go into the design and production of this very colorful cigar. This is a highly sought after cigar, and Ozgener has definitely produced a great smoke that will appease all cigar smoker.

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Room 101 #323

Room 101 #323

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Semila 101 (exclusive seed to Camacho)
Filler : Dominican / Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$7 each
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This is Agent 24. My mission was to review the Room 101 323, blended by Camacho Cigars. As a member of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background info

Room 101 is the brainchild of designer Matt Booth and Camacho Cigars. Matt has already established himself as a lights-out jewelry designer with his Room 101 line and this started as a collab on some cigar lifestyle items (humidors, lighters, etc.) and quickly turned into an opportunity to impact the cigar world with what they described as “a boutique handmade cigar that will appeal to all different types of lifestyles”. The brand was born and they called the resulting campaign, “The Conspiracy”. The Conspiracy has arrived at The Cigar Spy Agency and it is my job to delve deeper and go further into The Conspiracy than anyone has at this point. It is a dangerous job (ha, ha), but someone has to do it!

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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$6-10 each depending on vitola
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La Flor Dominicana - Ligero Cabinet Oscuro, by Litto Gomez, isn't a new release but it is a regular in my humidor so I thought I would share it with you. It is their first full-bodied release and while not a true maduro cigar, they tell me they obtained the oscuro color and full-bodied flavor profile by applying a new proprietary method of trabajando to the aged ligero leaves used to make it. What was told to me by a representative was that the method is a company secret but try to imagine an overly ripe banana... It comes in several parejo vitollas: L200 - 40 x 4 7/8, L250 - 48 x 5 3/4, L300 - 50 x 5 3/4, L400 - 54 x 5 3/4, L500 - 60 x 5 3/4, and one they call the Mysterio which is a figurado.

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Bolivar Gold Medal

Bolivar Gold Medal

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 165 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.8 g
Price : $8 each
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Bolivar Gold Medal disappeared from local cigar shops more than year ago. Nobody seemed to know what happened. Recently I have seen it on sale again and jumped on the occasion to purchase a few samples. Rumour has it that the regular production is far inferior to the 2004 release exclusive to Germany and also that the 2007 production was a flop. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to verify this information as the '04 cigars aren't available anywhere and the ones I have are from a '08 box.

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Camacho Connecticut 11/18

Camacho Connecticut

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : 11/18 Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian grown Connecticut
Filler : Honduran and Dominican
Binder : Honduran
Price : $7 each
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When I first heard that Davidoff was purchasing Camacho Cigars, this cigar was the first thing that popped into my head. Davidoff and Camacho cigars had always occupied opposite ends of the spectrum. Everything Camacho put out under the brand name Camacho was a powerhouse cigar. All of their lines were robust, full-bodied smokes that tried to kick you in the gut. I know that they have milder offerings under different banners like Baccarat and La Fontana, but anything labeled Camacho was going to be a monster. SO when the announcement of the purchase became public, I immediately though to myself, “What would happen if Davidoff and Camacho got together and had a baby?” I said to myself a Camacho with a Connecticut wrapper and Dominican tobacco in the filler. Can you imagine! A Camacho with that makeup? And then a short while later we hear about the Camacho Connecticut which is exactly the cigar I predicted. Now I don’t pretend that I had any great insight or any special talent in predicting what’s next in the cigar industry. Truth is a lot of people I have talked with had the exact same thoughts I did. It was easy to see this coming. SO I want to know, what exactly does a Camacho that uses a Connecticut Shade wrapper and Dominican tobacco taste like.

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Di Fazio Picoso Double Robust

Di Fazio Picoso

Origin : Honduras
Format : Double Robusto
Di FazioSize : 5 x 60
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$8-9 each
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Thank you to Di Fazio Cigars for providing me with a sampler to try.

Di Fazio cigars are rolled at the Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. factory in Honduras, which also makes Illusione and Alec Bradley Tempus cigars. Di Fazio cigars are also available in a Connecticut and a Maduro version.

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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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