Posted by Jack | in Illusione | on 09 Apr 2013 | at 1:42 PM | 2062 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 Cuban size about it.  The wrapper is a nice red-brown with a terrific rustic appearance.  A lot of the boutique brands have this rustic look which is something I find quite appealing.  Who cares if a cigar is flawless looking if the smoking experience is sub-par?
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: There is a very nice sweet and slightly spicy tobacco aroma coming from the foot.  The wrapper has a very slight grassy aroma.  Overall nice.  Cutting is a breeze and the draw is absolutely perfect.
Light and Burn: It took me one wood match to light this nice little corona gorda.  The burn is almost dead on with a nice dark gray ash.  I noticed that the smoke from the cg:4 is rather aromatic as well.
Tasting: Starting off there is a nice hit of spice and then, like every Illusione I have had, this creamy smooth flavor kicks in.  In the first third I am getting some very nice wood, nuts, and cream.  There is a nice leathery taste as well as a smattering of earthiness as well.  So far this thing rocks.  Into the middle third and the spice and woody notes are increasing a bit.  Overall I would say this is a medium bodied cigar so far.  There is a hint of cocoa on the palate as well.  The finish is nice and sweet and cool.  The final third adds a little bit more spice - something like a chili pepper flavor mixed with the wood, nuts, cream, and cocoa.  The cg:4 is absolutely delicious!  As I puff this cigar to a finger-burning nub, I pick up a few additional flavors like cinnamon, honey, and dark chocolate.  Outstanding, Illusione, outstanding.
Value: At around $9 and change, the cg:4 is maybe a little on the high side for a small vitola.  However, Illusione cigars are always, and I mean always worth the price.
Final Thoughts: Illusione has cemented a space in my top five favorite cigar manufacturers too date.  Every time I smoke one of these lovely creations, I find myself satisfied beyond my expectations....which are actually always high for such a great boutique.  Without question, I highly recommend this cigar.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Strength: Medium to full
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Beautiful little corona gorda
As I have said before, I love that gothic font and the simple yet elegant band
This is a truly delicious cigar that I will smoke as long as I can get them
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