Illusione ~1~ – Cigar Review

When La Sirena Series A came out, I went into a bit of a kick on the vitola. I picked up some cigars here and there and placed them in my humidor, why I do not know. You really need to have the time to invest in smoking a cigar that is over 9″ long. Well one of those days has arrived with the start of college football season. So with Penn State on the tube I pulled out today’s smoke (which was smoked on Saturday, but posted today, Monday).

According to the illusione website,

“A breakthrough blend Illusione cigars have rated 90 and above in both Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. These consistent ratings are unprecedented in the industry and put Illusione Cigars up into the #7 ranking in CA’s Top 25 Cigars. Illusione approaches the palate with notes of black cherry, earth and finishes with its olfactory floral sweetness. “

Cigar: Illusione
Size: 9.25 x 48 (~1~ / Dark Prince)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo/Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo
Strength: Medium/Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince

Appearance and Construction: I am often amazed by the quality of the wrapper on a cigar of this size. Flawless, is the word that best describes the dark prince. Looking over the wrapper the color is perfect from foot to cap which is perfectly applied. Any veins are so small they don’t even deserve a mention. There is some slight oils present and under the fingers there are no soft spots. The cigar is balanced in the hand with no soft spots and a well packed foot. The band is the classic black and white that adorns all the original documents.

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Foot

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Foot

Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar offers up a nose that reminds me earth, and the sweetness of the morning dew after a rainstorm. Once the cap is clipped the cold draw is sweet. Once the cigar was lit with my Xikar soft-flame lighter I was treated to some nice notes of soft spices, earth and nuttiness.  As we work past the first light the cigar starts to develop a creamy like sweetness that begins to border on black cherry. In the second third the sweetness remains but mostly as an afterthought as the cigar becomes bit earthier. There is also a sweet floral present, which makes for a nice mix. At the mid way point the cigar really becomes classic, with a nice complexity of the notes. The last third the strength kicks it up a notch and you can notice the corojo tobacco. There is some spice, and earth with a slight sweetness on the moderate finish.

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - First Third

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - First Third

Smoking Characteristics: Just over 3 hours was the duration of the cigar which took me through the entire football game. For those wondering Penn Stare beat Indiana State 41-7. The cigar burned well, like a top 25 team with a solid draw that could have won a national championship. The ash was weak, falling off an inch at the time, but the quality of the ash is over-rated just like Notre Dame. The aroma was delightful making this a great 3 hours spent.

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Second Third

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Second Third

Conclusion: I’ve smoked a few A’s that I wish I hadn’t. But thankfully this is one cigar that translates well to the size. It was enjoyable from the first light to the last exhale as are all the cigars from Illusione. I might buy a few more, but in NY these retail for $22.00 so I might wait until the tax cap is put in place if it ever is. Then they will only be $17.00 which isn’t to bad considering the size and duration of the smoke.

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Last Third

Illusione 1 The Dark Prince - Last Third

Rating: 91
Price: $16.00