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Cigar Review: Illusions Garagiste

The Illusione Garagiste was a cigar named after the French winemakers who got fed up with the wine making snobs in Bordeaux and began making wine out of their garages. That’s the basic story anyway. This years’ IPCPR release from Illusione is, like all their previous efforts, no disappointment.

The cigar is a 5X50 Robusto and man, what an impressive cigar to start with.  The cigar comes in four sizes:

  • Illusione Garagiste Short Robusto (4 1/4 x 50) — $8.35 (Boxes of 20, $167)
  • Illusione Garagiste Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.95 (Boxes of 20, $179)
  • Illusione Garagiste Gordo (6 x 56) — $10.80 (Boxes of 20, $216)
  • Illusione Garagiste Toro (6 x 52) — $9.85 (Boxes of 20, $197)

    Illusione Garagiste Robusto

Using Corojo Viso and Criollo Viso tobaccos with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper draped over makes for an interesting flavor profile.  Picked from the farms in Anganorsa, Nicaragua, and rolled at Tobaccos Valle De la Jalapa in Nicaragua, cigars are pakced in boxesof 20. The feel of this cigar reminds me of other Illusione cigars, brimming full of tobacco.    The chocolate brown wrapper has no veins but a solid oily appearance that’s mouthwatering.

The cigar starts off with a definite sweetness and a touch of bitter cocoa, almost like dark chocolate.  The draw is solid, as is the burn from the get go. Dion and crew know what the hell they’re doing and it’s evident from the first puff.

The next bit of the cigar continues producing a light cloud of light blue/ash gray smoke with solid ash.  Flavors continue to deepen while the profile is a solid medium body.  Yet the richness of dark chocolate continue to grow in strength. I’m tasting definite earth, green tea leaves, along with a touch, and I mean a small touch, of nuttiness.

The finish is long and flavorful. The cigar’s construction is solid, and unlike other cigars that go soft when they get to the nub, the Garagiste doesn’t disappoint.

Cigar Review: Illusione MJ 12

This was one of the flagship releases from Illusione cigars back in 2009 and I had a chance to smoke one at the now defunct Grants Tobaccoist in San Francisco. I enjoyed it immensely at the time but it was a little fuller in body than I was used to. Now?

Illusione MJ 12

We carry the cigar line at Got Cigars? (232 Ease Ponce De. Leon Ave. Decatur, 30030) and I have updated notes!

For starters, this is one of my favorite releases of theirs.  Yes, even in the size (6×56) as it’s not only a solid smoke, but well constructed and has a great draw, producing a good bit of flavorful smoke.  The cigar feels weighty in my fingers, chock full of hearty tobaccos.

Aesthetically, the foil wrapper around the entire cigar is interesting but nothing really special, nor does it serve a purpose in my mind.  Didn’t on the Maduro either, which, now that I think about it, was what I smoked first at Grants.

The flavors overall of this cigar range from red pepper, sugary sweetness (I didn’t get that, more or less got a heady bite of bread and yeast) along with some slight woodsiness.

The Katman cigar reviewer detected a variety of Maltiness in the cigar.  For as much IPA as I consume, I didn’t pick it up, but you should be aware because his reviews are usually solid, when he’s not talking about turtle fucking..

I did pick up slight raisin notes along with more of those impressive bread/yeast as the cigar burned.  Which, by the way, was mostly even for a cigar of this size.  Not impressive (because it’s Illusione, they’re ALL good!) but good because it makes selling them easier.

The cigar is definitely a medium to full bodied cigar, but nicotine isn’t overflowing with potency like an LFD.  The intensity of flavors picks up as the cigar nears the mid-point. Transitions are smooth.

Overall, this is a complex cigar and one that commands the $11 price. Pick up a few and you won’t be disappointed!