The Illusione Singulare 2014 Edition Cigar ReviewThe 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 around. This means that every year’s release may differ greatly in blend composition and size. It was an idea that was met with a lot of excitement, but the company hit a bump in 2011 when production delays pushed the release into 2012. As a result there were two additions to the line in 2012, and this tempered expectations of the blend going forward. Fortunately, it has been smooth sailing since, and if this version of the blend is an indication, it appears Giolito has hit his stride with it as well.

This version of the cigar is rolled with a 1999 Nicaraguan Corojo, a pair of binders in a 1998 Nicaraguan Jalapa Criollo and 1999 Esteli Corojo, and a filler from Nicaragua as well. The Illusione Singulare 2014 is only available in a single format, a 5 1/2 x 54, and it has the look of rough leather. It’s a tightly packed smoke and feels fatter than it really is, giving it a bit of extra heft. The band is slim and simple, featuring the name of the smoke in Old English type. The cold draw consists of some green pepper, wheat and strong floral notes.

Reviewers noted that the first third of the cigar starts off noticeably mild, with some nutty and hay notes standing out the most for the first couple draws. Coffee bean flavors emerge before long and then the profile really takes off. A collection of floral, apple, chestnut, cream and orange flavors make up the profile, and the retrohale is said to feature the green pepper note that was apparent on the cold draw.

During the middle third of the Illusione Singulare 2014, the stick becomes smoother, with the coffee bean, nutty and wheat flavors making up the strongest flavors. On the retrohale, there are a few unusual flavors, including some cumin and hickory. The finish includes some distinct bread flavors as well as a touch of cream that gives the profile an additional sweetness.

In the final third, the cigar is said to go into dessert mode, with some gingerbread, cream and floral flavors making up the bulk of the profile. With about an inch and a half to go, a powerful burst of black pepper emerges, as if the stick was blended in reverse. It delivers a nice bit of heat that contrasts well with the sweet notes dominating the profile. The smoke ends in this fashion, with a cool firm nub left behind.

This medium-strength stogie is said to offer an excellent burn and draw to go along with its deep range of flavors

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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