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Illusione Cigars

Illusione CigarsIllusione Cigars have created quite a buzz among cigars smokers, and any connoisseur will tell you how truly unique the brand is and how colorful of a character the person is behind it. Dion Giolito’s mission when he created the concept of illusione Cigars was to introduce a brand that would re-create the taste profile of cigars coming out of Nicaragua before the Sandinista take over in 1979. The Jalapa Valley and Estelí regions of Nicaragua were growing some of the best tobacco at that time, and the cigars that came out of this area were strong, bold, clean and aromatic. For two decades prior to the political unrest, which characterized the reign of the Sandinistas, Nicaragua was certainly in the midst of its hay-day when it came to producing some of the finest tasting cigars in the world.

Sadly the legacy of these verdant plantations was nearly lost during Nicaragua’s turbulent years from 1979 to 1990. However, a “dream team” of master growers and famed Cuban agronomists assembled to cultivate and regrow these modest Somoza fields, allowing them to yield to their fullest potential once again. The illusione cigar is a product of that effort and delivers a flavor and quality of smoke that is rare in today’s market.

Dion Giolito, self proclaimed “Dark Overlord of the Leaf”, and sometimes known as vudu9 on some forums, is quite a personality. He has a certain view of world control, which is reflective in the name of his cigars. According to Dion, “We are fed the ideas that certain countries and heads of state are in control and run things. That’s the furthest from the truth. They’re smoke and mirrors, puppets, figureheads, ‘illusions.’ The real power is far deeper and, much darker than we see.” Conspiracy theorists would get a kick out of Giolito’s thought processes that gave rise to the naming of his brand.

Giolito owns his own cigar shop, named Fumaré in Reno, Nevada. Although he had been in the retail business for 15 years prior, it wasn’t until he opened his own shop that he considered doing his own line several years ago. Giolito has vowed to keep his productions limited, never to exceed 500 thousand in a year. His focus is on quality and not quantity, which is characteristic of all boutique brands. Every illusione cigar is Honduran-made with Nicaraguan puros and wrapped in grade one Café Colorado wrapper. The seeds are all Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 and each vitola is triple capped.

One unique fact about the illusione brand is that unlike other cigars that offer the same blend in different sizes, Giolito’s blends are different in each vitola. He also code dates each of his cigar boxes and says that illusione cigars are constructed to have a life of 10 years inside the box. Each cigar is banded with a thin black and white band with gothic lettering which are reminiscent of the dark overtones of conspiracy theorists world wide. Even their names are in Giolito’s special code that reflects what each one means to him.

These guys are definitely an interesting bunch. And who knows, if the world does come to end as we know it in 2012, illusione cigars will live on tucked safely in their boxes to be enjoyed ten years down the road by all the lucky cigar smoking survivors out there!

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    The Illusione Singulare 2014 Is A Medium Strength Cigar
    The Illusione Singulare 2014 edition is the newest version of the company’s annual take on its much beloved blend. The idea behind the stick is that Dion Giolito, a master blender, searches through bales of tobacco off of several highly respected farms, looking for the perfect leaf to create aroun...
    Illusione Cruzado Cigars Are A Unique Smoke
    Illusione Cruzado was a first-rate line of cigars created by tobacco dealer Dion Giolito in Honduras in 2008. Customers that have used this brand have praised it for the rich flavors and durability.
    A Review Of Illusione Ultra Cigars Online
    Dion Giolito launched the box pressed Illusione Ultra cigars in 2011.The superior construction is a trademark for Giolito.
    History of Illusione Cigars
    Illusione Cigars began as a small business venture for Dion Giolito. His career as a tobacconist began with a part time job at the Tinder Box. Eventually that job worked into a full time job after he realized the education degree he was about to complete was in a field he just did not like.
    Illusione Nosotros Cigar
    Adding to the stellar performance of the burn, the distinct flavors of this cigar are worth noting as well. The unique blend of walnut and hazelnut complimented by a robust wood presence will send the Nosotros aficionado off to another world. Soon after the first light a touch of spice is introduc...
    Illusione Chuchillos Cubanos Cigar
    Given the tough economic times many are facing right now, finding a cigar that is up to par on a frugal budget can present a huge challenge. The Illusione Chuchillos Cubanos has just leveled the playing field and brought forth a whole new set of expectations for the aficionado living on a budget. ...
    Illusione Classic Cigar
    From the beginning, this cigar stands out from the rest by simply being. With untouchable craftsmanship, the Illusione Classic sports an impeccable foil wrapper, which assists in aging and protecting the stick similar to the way a cellophane wrapper would keep it fresh. The excitement builds as th...
    Illusione Cruzado Cigar
    The flavor and potency of the Illusione cigars was moderated for the Cruzado line by replacing the robust ligero tobacco with the milder Viso, which is the priming right below ligero on the tobacco plant. The overall taste of the Cruzado is uniquely Nicaraguan, with strong Cuban influences in eviden...
    Illusione Epernay Cigars
    When all is said and done, the Illusione Epernay is a delicious smoke with a complexity of flavors, both sweet and piquant in a medium-bodied cigar that cries out to be paired with an elegant French champagne, good companions, and relaxing conversation. Patrick Semmens of the Stogie Guys website cla...
    Illusione Cigars
    The intention behind Illusione Cigars has always been to recreate a superb and very specific taste from the Nicaraguan past. As we all know, Nicaragua grew some of the very best tobacco in the world before the Sandinista revolution in 1979. This was especially true for tobacco that which was gr...
    Illusione Reviews
    The history of Illusione is truly impressive, indeed. The company was founded with one thing in mind—to recreate the flavor, character, and quality of pre-Sandinista Nicaraguan tobacco. Every Illusione is made from first generation Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 seed tobaccos. Everyone is wrappe...
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