Continuing my trend into lancero cigars I went into the humidor today and selected the Illusione HL by Dion Giolito. Will this lancero score big or will be it a dud? In my growing quest to jump into the lancero phase I bring this review to you, my readers.
Size: HL aka Holy Lance (Lancero) 7.5 x 40
Wrapper: Cafe Colorado
Appearance & Construction (20/20): This rustic looking vitola reminds one of a classic Cuban cigar. A gorgeous wrapper with minimal veins and triple cap make it a cigar of class and dignity. The premium stick sports a simple gold and white band stating the name (Illusione) and the size (~HL~). Like all lanceros the cigar feels very light but it a well packed stick. I used a straight cutter to cut the slightly pig tailed cap which revealed a perfect prelight draw.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): On the prelight the foot gives off some spicy notes with a touch of pepper, while on the draw there are some sweet floral notes which I am not a fan of but they are not overpowering so that is a good sign. The first third of this smoke consists of slightly floral notes with some chocolate and spices through the nose. As we approach the 2nd third of the smoke the floral notes have thankfully left the building and we are left with some chocolate notes with a touch of spice especially through the nose. The final third is some subtle spices that I was not able to define further.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The cigar ash is a medium gray with a lot of ridges. However, like many lancero smokes it does not hold well at all. I would constantly loose my ash every half inch. and at 7.5 inches that becomes quite annoying. The draw one of the best I have ever had for a lancero, as is the flawless burnline.
Overall (21/25): Once again I must issue a disclaimer that I am yet to become a fan of the lancero. With that said, this is my least favorite Illusione. If it stood on it’s own it would be a really good cigar, but next to the others it falls short of that Illusione greatness that I have come to love.