The standard for what passes as a big cigar has changed a lot over the years, but at 6.5 x 56, the Illusione Gigantes certainly qualifies. It may not...
The standard for what passes as a big cigar has changed a lot over the years, but at 6.5 x 56, the Illusione Gigantes certainly qualifies. It may not be big enough to satisfy yo momma, but hey, what is?
(Okay, okay. We’ll stop. Yo momma jokes ain’t fair if the other guy can’t fire back. Actually, if you want, email or post your best momma joke on our Facebook. We could use a laugh.)
On to the cigar...
So this one’s a big smoke, meant to follow up on the Illusione Rothchildes blend. It combines the classic Illusione long-filler core of Nicaraguan Criollo '98 and Corojo '99. Then, you’ve got two wrapper options.
The first is a “Capa Rustica” Mexican San Andres Maduro leaf. The smoke from this one is medium to full-bodied and decently complex, with a lot of flavors. Puff along and you’ll be treated to cocoa, salted nuts, and pepper, with a touch of whipping cream sweetness. It’s an enjoyable journey, from beginning to end. Whether it’s a worthy follow up to the Rothchildes blend is up to you.
Your other wrapper option is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf. This one has a little less body than the Maduro-wrapped version, firmly in the medium range. The flavors, however, have stayed complex, providing plenty to smack your lips about as you draw it down. The full profile is decidedly creamy at the start, with a noticeable oak note, as well as white pepper in the mix. Like it’s sibling smoke, there’s a lot going on, and more than enough to hold our interest in yet another fine blend from Dion Giolito.
Big smoke, big fun.
Please enjoy Illusione Gigantes cigars at your leisure.