Illusione *r* Rothchildes

Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 25 Jan 2014 | at 2:40 PM | 2211 views

The winter here in southwestern Ohio has been a pretty bad one.  Loads of sub-zero temperatures and snow have led me to smoke in the garage with the ceramic space heater going full blast.  And so it is today as well.  Blizzard-like conditions outside, a hot cup of coffee and a cigar primed and ready to go. One of the most talked about cigars in 2013, among boutique cigar fans at least, was the Illusione Rothchildes.  A single size and single blend offering from Dion Giolito's Illusione Cigars that is, if you can imagine, a value cigar.  I was lucky enough to blunder into these at one of my local shops last fall.  Since then, I have smoked my way through a fistful of them,... Continue reading »»

 


 

Illusione Crusado Domenicos Extra

Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 19 Sep 2013 | at 10:40 AM | 1772 views

I have said a lot about Illusione over the past year.  Terrific cigars, terrific presentation, mysterious quality to the brand....Every one of Dion Giolito's cigars have impressed me - making the brand one of my top five favorites.  After a couple of trips around the walk-in at The Market here in Dayton, I snagged a totally gold wrapped cigar that looks like a Christmas present - it just needs a bow.  Needless to say, I am stoked to put this cigar to the flame.  Let's see how she smokes.... Construction: One again, Illusione doesn't disappoint.  With the entire cigar being covered with gold foiled paper this time around, the presentation is stellar. Once unwrapped, the cigar itself is another beautiful creation.  A nice milk chocolate... Continue reading »»

 


 

Illusione Crusado Marelas Supremas Toro 109

Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 12 Sep 2013 | at 2:04 PM | 1728 views

Among my five favorite brands, Illusione cigars retain a certain enigmatic quality.  Dion Giolito makes some marvelous cigars to be certain, but there is a wonderful mysterious quality to the brand.  The naming convention is often simplistic - a few numbers or letters - and the tobaccos he uses are often unusual.  To this day, the Epernay still ranks as one of the best cigars I have ever had, the CG4 is on my short list for my top 25 this year, and the Holy Lance is one of the best lancero cigars money can buy.  So, droppping by The Market, I spied the as-yet-untried Crusado line just sitting there looking gorgeous and mouth watering.  I picked up a couple of the more ostentatious looking... Continue reading »»

 


 

Illusione cg:4

Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 09 Apr 2013 | at 1:42 PM | 1563 views

If you live in the Dayton area, I have good news.  The Wharf increasing their Illusione offerings.  They now have the largest selection in the area - which means good things if you are looking for great cigars.  There are still several Illusione offerings that I have yet to try, yet every one that I have had has been simply amazing.  That being said, my choice for today is the Illusione cg:4, which is a very nice looking corona gorda size.  The more I smoke corona gorda sizes the more I enjoy them.  They are elegant, flavorful, easy on the jaw, and surprisingly long smokes for being fairly small.  So, how is this as-yet untried Illusione?  Let's see? Construction: The cg:4 has a nice classic... Continue reading »»

 


 

Illusione Holy Lance

Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 04 Apr 2013 | at 11:08 AM | 1553 views

REVIEW  UPDATED 4/15/2013 Illusione has a great catalog.  Everything I have tried by them has been excellent and always leaves me looking for more.  The Holy Lance is one that many of my friends at The Wharf look for as the popularity of the lancero shape continues to increase.  I was on BOTL the other day and noticed that in a poll, smaller ring gauges are more popular.  Talking to friends I tend to see this trend increasing.  My take on this is that smaller rings give you a couple of advantages.  First - they keep from breaking your jaw like so many of the massive ring sizes on the market are capable of doing, and second - with less filler you get to taste... Continue reading »»

 


 

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