If you haven’t smoked the Illusione Rothchildes yet, then you’re a fool! In 2013 it was the #3 cigar on the Dojo’s cigar of the year rankings (at about 5 bucks a stick). So why did I lead off with that statement? Because the Gigantes blend is similar to the Rothchildes and by the time you’re done reading this review, I think you will be convinced that Illusione Cigars makes artfully crafted, great tasting cigars that are worthy of your hard-earned money.
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Illusione Gigantes Breakdown
- Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
- Binder: [Double] Criollo ’98 (Esteli) & Corojo’99 (Jalapa)
- Filler: Aganorsa Nicaraguan Filler.
- Vitola: 6.5″ x 56
- Price: $8
The Gigantes are not as rustic in appearance as the Rothchildes, but none the less its lines are, for the most part, clean with some veins. There is a tantalizing deep-brown, toothy wrapper and a mouthwatering chocolate aroma that comes off the wrapper. The foot of the cigar gives off a nice sweetness. The cigar is firm throughout with no soft spots.
So this baby is cut and the dry draw hit delivers sweet tobacco notes. The wrapper leaves a sweetness on my tongue and lips. Once lit, I sit back in my chair and enjoy the ride.
From the first puff I am greeted with a camp fire woody note that has a real hearty, meatiness to it – but that quickly fades after five or six more puffs. As I step further into this third, it opens up to green pepper, sweet grass, floral, wood, and smokey hay notes. Towards the end of this third I start to pick up faint notes of chocolate, earth, and sweet leather. This third is sweet and spicy all at the same time. I’ve begun to notice a slight tingle on my tongue, along with a long and peppery finish on my palate.
Retrohale: Mineral, Spice, Coffee, and Leather.
The transition into the 2nd third is dominated by earth, white pepper, and milk chocolate that are accompanied by subtle coffee and nutty notes. There is an interesting note that develops later on that I can only describe as a hay-spice combo that reminds me of fall.
Retrohale: Floral, Pepper, and mineral.
The final third starts off with a sweet roasted coffee, dry cocoa, spice, leather, and floral notes. As we come to the end, the flavor notes (mentioned above) that once stood alone, have blended themselves into a sweet mocha espresso, ending on a high note on my palate.
Retrohale: Molasses, Vegetal and spice.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Definitely, this is a great value buy when you want a long smoke with sweet, maduro flavors.
- Good value
- Lots of flavor
- Not enough complexity to last the large size
- Some samples show construction issues