Tasting Notes:I get wood, clover honey and Granny Smith apple on the body. Dried fruits on the cold draw, reminds me of the old apple fruit roll ups! Nostalgic. On the foot, I get fresh-cut cedar and dried apple and apricot. Wow. First ruffle has dried apple, cedar and the nicest retrohale. There is slight pepper as well. Cinnamon, wood, and baked apples with a great texture smoke and a finish with the best zing to it! In the retrohale I get a charcoal and lime citrus. There are also tons of Aganorsa florals! Second third is more apple but now I get the charred woods and the creamy smoke with cinnamon and florals with that lovely zing on the finish…damn this is great! The retrohale is very peaty/smoky at this point. In the final third I get so much dried fruits and florals, it’s unreal. Creamy wood and spice on the finish. This thing is a TRUE masterpiece.
Pairing notes: Sumatra or medium-roast coffee. Wheat ale with orange slice (Blue Moon or UFO). Lowland Scotch. Jack Daniels. Spanish red wine. Apples and honey. Apple pie a la mode with vanilla ice cream. Whipped cream. I feel like eating sour gummies a few hours beforehand may bring out the tangy and fruity notes. After a meal of BBQ ribs. CHAMPAGNE. Let’s blow @illusione_cigars up on instagram!
Dion Giolito, founder of Illusione, is a perfectionist. It took him six months of work to craft this blend. Once he was satisfied with the blend, he then made the cigars and let them sit another 6 months. And of course the Privada movement has grown quite a bit since then… I wanted to have enough for the ENTIRE club, but now I can’t so I’m going to put them up on the shop. Get ready, my friends. Anything created by Dion is a masterpiece. He is known by anyone whose opinion is worth a damn as the best American master blender working today. Hands down. Apparently, he can smoke a cigar and tell you not only where the tobaccos come from but what part of the plant they come from! What region. What country. In some cases who grew it. This is the kind of person Dion is. This is the kind of brand Illusione is. I have never had a bad Illusione. Yet they don’t get the hype of much lesser brands. It’s odd and interest- ing. None the less, as a Privada member, you know. It’s about the experience, not about the hype. That’s all that matters. #weareprivada This cigar comes from Aganorsa. However, it might not taste exactly like other Aganorsa cigars you have had. This is the work of a master blender. Based out of a big shop in Reno, the brand has become legendary with those in-the-know. Fun fact: Dion and Pete from Tatuaje are close friends. So close that Dion vouched to never make a broad leaf cigar because that is what Tatuaje got famous on. Crazy! This is a Nicaraguan Puro, all from the Agan- orsa farms and mostly Corojo. Enjoy!