Cigar Review: illusione ~mj12~
When the illusione brand really began to take off people around me wanted a larger ring size. I guess it wasn’t just my friends as Dion released the illusione mj12 to please the masses that think bigger is better.
Like all cigars on the illusione white label line the numbers have some sort of meaning. The mj12 stands for the Majestic 12 which is the purported code name of a secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, supposedly formed in 1947 by an executive order of U.S. President Harry S Truman. The purpose of the committee was allegedly to investigate UFO activity in the aftermath of the Roswell incident – the purported crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. This alleged committee is an important part of the UFO conspiracy theory of an ongoing government cover up of UFO information.
The fact that this cigar is covered up in aluminum shows off Dion’s great sense of humor.
Size: 6 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Cafe Colorado (Nicaragua)
Appearance and Construction (17/20): Seeing these cigars on the shelf makes you scratch your head. Wrapped in foil, the beauty of the cigar is hidden from the consumer. Once you take the chance and unwrap the cigar you see that the illuisione mj12 is a beautiful looking Cafe Colorado wrapper that is exquisitely rolled right down to its perfectly placed triple cap. The wrapper has some veins, but none of them are too large large. The cigars white label band denotes illusione and the size ~mj12~. The cigar has a nice weight to it and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The foot of the cigar offs some sweet tobacco notes that border on mocha, and the prelight draw has some earth notes with an underlying sweetness. As we smoke the first third of the cigar there are notes of leather and coffee. The cigar is a really relaxing experience as we enter the second third of the cigar the notes of leather are joined by a sweetness similar to black cherry and some coffee notes remain in the background. The final third of the cigar has notes of some spices such as cinnamon, with a continued slight sweetness and some leather notes on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The superior construction of the illusione cigars is evident in the burn of all sizes. The stick burns even from start to finish with a nice solid ash that shows no signs of falling off without a little bit of help. The draw offered a little resistance and the cigar burned slow and cool right down to the nub.
Overall (23/25): Every illusione cigar I have ever smoked has been a winner, but for some off reason the mj12 stands out for me. As a fan of a thin ring gauge smoke this is a bit odd for my personal tastes, but its nice to mix it up from time to time with something out of my comfort zone.