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)
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.