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Illusione 88 Robusto

First and foremost, this is a beautiful cigar. Dion Giolotto knows how to produce a cigar that says, “love me.”

Excellent flavors on the initial draw, very floral with hints if nutmeg and cinnamon, typical of Dion’s cigars. Pairs very well with a Honduran coffee.

Toasted tobacco with very pleasant flavors.

This is a very pleasant cool smoke. The excellent construction pairs with a very solid mottled ash.

An undercurrent of vanilla goes well with the peppery notes that develop.

A bit of warmth develops as this cigar is much too good to smoke slowly.

The quality of construction is evident as the ash holds on well past the half way point.

I smoked more than one cigar tonight; this was far and away the best of the bunch. 5/5. Joe Bob Says Check it out.

Sobremesa Corona Grande

Sobremesa Corona Grande

From: Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust (Steve Saka)
Vitola: 5.25 x 44 Parejo
Capa: La Meca Ecuador Habano #1 Rosado
Capote: Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Tripa: Nicaraguan Gk Condega C-SG Seco
Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo Criollo Viso
Nicaraguan La Joya Esteli C-98 Viso
Nicaraguan ASP Esteli Hybrid Ligero
USA Lancaster County Broadleaf LigeroWrapper looked a bit “rustic,” but smelled wonderful and the cigar had a nice firm bunch. (By rustic, I mean it was not perfectly flat and smooth, which does not bother me.) Clipped easily and had a perfect draw.

First puff revealed a complexity that was more than I expected, and knowing how exacting Mr. Saka is with his cigars, my expectations were pretty high. A huge mouthful of toasted tobacco and leather with a light spiciness.

The burn was razor-straight and the ash was light grey and firm.

Medium to full bodied cigar, plenty of smoke.

Pepper notes kicked in after the first third of the cigar, smoother leather tones and steady strong tobacco flavors.

A light sweetness developed on the lips, and the cigar did not heat up.

At the 2/3 mark, some cinnamon notes developed to mix with the other flavors, which continued to deepen until I was forced to put the cigar down with less than 1″ left.

Smoked this at the beginning of a 3 cigar evening, and was going to give it 4.5/5, but on reflection I am upping the ante and going all-in with a 5/5. Joe Bob says check it out!