Illusione ~ Burn ~
Size: Robusto (5 x 52)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo
This robusto is a limited edition cigar created by Dion Giolito from Illusione for Rocky Patel’s Burn Lounge. This blend comes in 4 sizes the robusto I am smoking today as well as a torpedo, churchhill and a grand toro. All ranging from $9.75 to around $12.
At first look of this cigar you noticed its reddish brown rapper that is complimented by the white and red ban. With no major veins the wrapper on this cigar is seamless and is a pleasure to look at. It is packed firmly from head to foot with no soft spots or hard spots. The scent off the wrapper and foot is a barnyard smell with hints of coffee and chocolate. With a snip of the triple capped head with my Palio cutter our experience begins. The draw is perfect and with hints of coffee and a slight hint of nuts.
With the first few puffs you get a slight pepper sensation on your tongue but after the third or fourth go at it the pepper disappears. There are massive amounts of heavy smoke coming off the draw. The thick smoke in your mouth is very creamy with notes of coffee and chocolate just like the smell off the wrapper. The burn is very even and seems to burn very slowly.
The ash is holding on quite strongly while the smoke seems to be pouring out of the head. Here in the second third the spice kicks up a little bit but nothing overpowering. The basic flavors seem to stay the same with the coffee and chocolate but every now and again you will get hints of wood. The cigar starts off mild but kicks into a medium strength as you move through the half way point.
The spice in the final third dies down. The main flavors now are sweet with the coffee fading into the background.
For being a Nicaraguan puro it’s surprising the lack of spice this cigar displayed in the flavor profile. This cigar is well worth a try if you can get your hands on them but I don’t think they measure up to some of the great cigars in the Illusione line. If they were more readily available I would definitely keep a few in the humidor. The buddy I received these from described them as having the spice characteristics of the Cruzado with the sweetness of the Epernay. I would agree but that’s just my thoughts. Go out and give them a try if you have the opportunity.
Anybody interested in purchasing these cigars contact Burn at (239) 653-9013 and mention Mike’s Stogies. There are willing to ship
Keep em burnin’