Let me begin by saying that this was suppose to be my first review but when I received the Illusione ~Burn~ I wanted to get it out there and not wait another week. This Fuente can be a little hard to find depending on where you live. Every other site on here has the background story about Cynthia Fuente wanting a more mild smoke with some flavor to it and all the other little facts and numbers but really does any of that matter if the cigar is no good. Well lets leave all that out and get down to what’s important the flavor and depth.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 4.5 (Short Perfecto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade/Broadleaf Maduro
The look of this cigar would draw anyone’s attention when sitting in the case of your local B & M (well that’s until you look at the price tag as I paid around $20 at my local shop with is a little high for such a tiny cigar). The barber pole design is flawless and a thing of beauty. Besides the beautiful construction of this cigar the wrapper puts off a very sweet aroma with minimal veins. I clipped the cap off and for a perfecto the draw was very easy with the same sweet taste along with some woody notes coming through. So let’s light this little lady up.
On the first few puffs the one thing you notice is how smooth and mild this cigar is with no pepper or harshness. The main flavors I would say are coffee with cream, some chocolate hear and there with a little wood in the background. With every drag you get mouths full of creamy smoke that just hangs in the air. The retrohale is very easy with no irritation to your sinuses. The burn is wavy but stays even throughout with seems to happen with cigar that have that little nipple at the head.
In the second third a little bit of pepper rears its head as a welcomed guest as the cigar’s flavor profile despite the many flavors is very mild. The creaminess is still there but has faded into the background. The ash holds on very well with the strength picking up from mild to a low medium.
The end of this cigar finished up with the woody flavor finishing it off with the sweetness fading way into the background. The pepper is still there but is very mild.
As we wrap this beautiful cigar up all I can say is that with the price tag on this cigar I doubt I will be smoking any of these regularly. I would even say that if they were half the price I paid I still don’t think I would spend my money on them. The flavor profile was ok but the flavors were so faint and mild that I could’ve spent a few dollars and just bought a Macanudo. Besides the beautiful wrapper and its allure of being a limited edition and hard to find cigar I don’t really see the necessity in purchasing this cigar unless you just wanted to keep in the humidor for show. But that’s just my opinion light one up for yourself and let me know your experience.
Keep ‘em burnin’