Somewhere, there’s a strange joke to go along with this cigar, something along the lines of, “Pactum? Damn near killed ’em!” Or maybe I’m missing something…

The Illusione Pactum was released at the tail end of 2014 as the 9th edition to Smoke Inn’s Microblend Series. Smoke Inn began the Microblend Series in 2010, teaming up with prominent brands in the industry to create small batch projects with an emphasis on quality. Drawing inspiration from microbreweries, the concept allows for the use of high quality tobaccos and quality control that may not be possible through wide-release blends. And while many other manufacturers and retailers now employ similar tactics, Smoke Inn was a pioneer in creating the now-popular collaboration limited releases.

For the Pactum, Illusione has included the cigar in its Cígars Prívé (Private Cigars) label, a series in where they have been creating cigars for retailers other than their own Fumare cigar shop in Reno, NV. Pactum is a Latin word that translates to “agreement”, with the intention of honoring the character of Smoke Inn owner Abe Dababneh.

Like the man, the presence of the cigar is undeniable. It is a steely look into the eye, a firm handshake, a bond, and a word of truth.Dion Giolito - Illusione Cigars

Illusione Pactum Breakdown

  • Wrapper: San Andrés Capa Fina Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: TABSA (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited to 400 Boxes of 15 Cigars
  • Vitola: 5.5″ x 56
  • Price: $8.95

Illusione Pactum Microblend cigar

Illusione Pactum has a really cool appearance – it’s slightly box-pressed, solid, and chunky, with the large 56 ring gauge. This is one of those cigars that just feels good in the hand. The construction looks spectacular, with a velvety, fuzzy-like wrapper, having no blemishes or soft spots. It’s densely-packed and I’m hoping the big ring gauge will keep it from having a tight draw. The simplistic band looks nice, and I found myself thinking the cigar itself very closely resembled a Padrón 1964 maduro. The only negative I found was a loosely secured cap, which caused a bit of maintenance after cutting (a large punch cut is recommended).

The smoke is rich and decadent on the first few puffs; it’s a very satisfying start, considering the San Andrés wrapper often begins with a bitter note. The smoke is weighty on the tongue, having very well-balanced flavors of table cream, medium roasted coffee, a hint of nuttiness, and aged tobacco on the finish. On the retrohale, there is a delicate spice, perfectly balancing the dessert-like flavors on the palate. The burn on this cigar is fantastic, barely wavering and providing plenty of smoke on each puff. There is a slightly tight draw, as expected, but it’s certainly manageable.

Illusione Pactum Microblend cigar review



The first-third of the cigar was dominated by a smooth creaminess, but saw some changes in the second. Here, the flavors see additions of more beefy, meaty notes. Charcoal and meat grease make their way into the mix, as well as a more amped up retrohale, with a nice white pepper quality. There is definitely a refined feel to the cigar, with a persistent backdrop of aged tobacco. Approaching the halfway point, I’m already declaring this the best Illusione maduro cigar I’ve smoked to date! (depending on how it finishes…).

The meaty profile provided a nice break between a sandwiched character of creaminess. As the creamy notes return, there are accompanying flavors of cedar and peanuts in the backdrop, which soon take on a quality of burnt nuts. Darker notes are added nearing the end, with notes of dark fruit (blackberries/raspberries), molasses, and espresso. The strength picks up nearing the end, but never strays into the “full” territory.

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Would I smoke this cigar again?

Yes please! I will no doubt be purchasing more of these (quickly, before they sellout!). I would even consider this box-purchase worthy. I have to admit, the samples I smoke for this review had aged for around 6 months, so it would be interesting to see if they perform as well with less age.

Illusione Pactum cigar review and rating

Illusione Pactum
I was very impressed with the Illusione Pactum, it smoked pleasantly from beginning to end, never having any unwanted/harsh flavors whatsoever. The cigar hovers around medium+ body throughout - with full flavor and strength that transitions from medium to medium+. I was really impressed with its construction, requiring no touchups, having a straight burn line, and solid chunks of ash (falling around 2"). Interesting, the cigar reminded me of the Padrón 1964 Anniversary maduro from its appearance, yet I found it was also very similar in its flavor profile as well.
Appearance98%
Burn/Construction100%
Draw85%
Flavor95%
Complexity90%
Price/Value90%
Pros
  • No touchups/relights
  • Full flavors with nice transitions
  • No harsh/unwanted flavors
Cons
  • Slightly tight draw
  • Loose cap construction
93%Outstanding Maduro
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)
92%
  • William

    I loved it as well – all five of ’em. A very classy stick.

    And yes, I made the same “Pactum” joke in my head when I first saw it.

  • Charlie H.

    I’m a HUGE Illusione fan but these just didn’t do it for me….it wasn’t a bad cigar by any stretch of the imagination but the profile wasn’t for me. I can see some people really diggin this blend, hence the 93 rating!

    • Sumatra Samurai

      Ah that’s too bad, I could barely find a single negative thing to say about this one – great draw, perfect burn, rock-solid construction, and the profile could easily be mistaken for a Padrón imo. Also, mine had a good amount of age, if you have any more, maybe let them age awhile.