Rumblings of Illusione’s atypically designed OneOff cigar began cropping up in the second half of 2017, with imagery of the cigar casually appearing on the brand’s official website. Details were soon to follow, with company owner Dion Giolito announcing that the OneOff name had been acquired from the former owner—Cuban Crafters—in September. But the OneOff name comes with its own unique backstory and lore, as consumers have come to expect from the conspiracy-enshrouded tendencies of Illusione.
OneOff was first released in 2001, made by the Plasencia family as contracted by Andrea Molinari. Being the the CEO of an Italian airline, Molinari designed the cigars with the same “peace sign” logo seen on some of his airplanes. The cigars were originally only available in markets outside of the U.S., but eventually became available in extremely small batches by 2002. With the unusual appearance, combined with a refined smoking profile that helped to support the cigar’s startlingly high price points (especially for the era), the OneOff brand was quick to become a sought-after cigar in cult circles. In fact, Giolito lists OneOff as the inspiration for Illusione and the brand’s small-batch craftsmanship for which it has become known.
After years of changing hands, Dion aimed to return the OneOff name to its former glory, moving production to the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory (where the majority of Illusione’s cigars are made) and bringing back the original look and feel of the brand. While the cigars have been re-blended from the ground up, Dion remains tight-lipped about the specifics (including virtually no information on an upgraded version of the brand that fetches $30 per cigar!), stating only that the blend is a Nicaraguan puro, made to resemble the original spirit of OneOff. In Cigar Dojo’s smoking tests, we found this blend to be medium-bodied, showing great complexity and layered flavors of citrus, graham crackers, oak, buttered nuts, aromatic cabinet spices, and medium-roast coffee beans.
Illusione OneOff Breakdown
- Wrapper: Nicaragua
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Factory: TABSA (Nicaragua)
- Production: Small Batch / Regular
- Vitolas: 8
- Price: $11.95 – $17.95 (MSRP)