So while at IPCPR there were a few people I wanted to run into and one of those was Dion Giolito from illusione. I had gone by his booth a couple of times at the trade show to say hello but each time I went by there the booth was packed with people ordering like crazy which I was happy to see. While I am a fan of the cigars I am also a fan of Dion himself as a business person. The way he interacts with his fans is inviting, and he has never been shy to answer a question or two.
At IPCPR we got to talk a little bit during a quick lull and he gifted me with a 4/2g box press. These cigars are currently not available to retailers but they might be available at Dion’s shop if you are ever in Reno, NV. I am basing this cigar on one stick so take it for what is worth. Maybe one day these will be available everywhere and I will revisit the review with multiple sticks under my belt.
Appearance and Construction: I said it before and I will say it again, box press oh how I love thee! The illusione 4/2g box press looks incredible with only some thin veins on a wrapper that looks very well aged. There is a slight sheen present and a really nice weight to the cigar. The cap of the cigar is one of the best I have seen and the box press maintains the simple classic illusione band.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a nice sweetness to the nose while the draw offered up notes of earth with a sweetness present as well. Once lit I settled back and relaxed to enjoy the experience that started off with some spice with dominant notes of wood and nuts. The second third of the cigar remained nutty but developed notes of warm bread, fresh out of the oven. The final third of the smoke had some leather notes but the cigar has a nice spicy wood like finish.
Smoking Characteristics: A slow burning box press that lasted me 2.5 hours. The cigar burned evenly though out with a nice tight firm ash. The draw started off tough on the pre-light but once I lit the cigar it opened right up.
Conclusion: A brief review as I only had one cigar to smoke, and based on the one stick this is something I would like to see released. Tasty from start to finish I truly enjoyed every aspect about the the illusione 4/2g
Rating: Want More!
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