Conspiracy theories are as abundant nowadays as Wiemar currency before WWII. There are conspiracy theories about the Bilderburgers, the Trilateral Commission, Area 51 and even conspiracy theories about the names of Illusione cigars. Without trying to give too much credence to the cretins who traffic in such insanity let it suffice that the conspiracy theory has something to do with the Occult. Not true.
Illusione cigars are boutique cigars, which means they are made in limited quantities. There are other boutiques and other companies claiming that their brands are boutiques. Words are wind and the claim of being a boutique means little and less to me. What matters is how well the cigar tastes, how well it smokes and other things like that. I am not going to deny that there is something psychologically intriguing about smoking a limited production cigar but that psychosomatic high quickly wears off if the cigar is substandard.
That whole diatribe is not directed at Illusione though. They’re great cigars and every size, according to their website, has received scores of 90 or more from Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. But the score that really matters is the one at the bottom of this post, so let’s get to it.
The Illusione 2 is a 5.25″ by 52 ring gauge torpedo. Personally, I like torpedoes and that is the major reason I picked this vitola while I was perusing the offerings at a local tobacconist. This is the third one I have smoked recently and it looks decent for a cigar. It’s not smooth – there are ripples, a minor stretching in the wrapper by one vein and the veins are slightly pronounced – and it’s not very oily to the touch. Actually, it’s pretty dry. Solidly packed though and I do appreciate their humble cigar band, which bears no resemblance to the usually more ostentatious bands found on ever other cigar.
Length: 5 ¼″
Ring Gauge: 52
Price: $9.50/Single | $205.00/Box of 25
$1.5M Cups Torch!
Also known as Crowned of Thorns (I’m pretty sure that is a reference to Christ and his crucifixion – the explanation behind the numbers is on their website) it starts out with a smattering of bold flavors ranging from leather, steak and a light spice.
During the transition from the first to the second third spice becomes more prominent. It is the kind of spice that tastes good and doesn’t overpower the other flavors around with the other flavors being a dusty earthiness and some more leather.
The final third sees the spice fading a little. Leather still remains and there is this thin sweetness in the background.
In the end, this is a very solid cigar. The flavors keep your interest from beginning to end. The draw is good and the burn is pretty even. It’s a medium bodied cigar that does not scrimp on flavor.