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Illusione 88 Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 in Cigar Reviews

Illusione 88 Cigar Review

This 5×52 robusto sized stick offered a very oily, smooth firm wrapper with a nice sweet floral aroma. Burn was very good all the way down, holding the ash to each third. Draw was slightly on the loose side with perfect resistance. The first third brought flavors of slightly sweet leather, a touch of cocoa and coffee with a mildly spicy finish that built up heat as it went along. The 2nd third transitioned to a nice dry coffee, still with a nice oil on the mouth and a touch of earthiness. The last third smoothed out just a bit and dropped the spice, adding a longer finish of oily coffee. Total burn time just past the band was 1:10. Overall a medium-full body with very rich flavors. Thank you to Shuckins for trading with me for this stick! Photography by BG Pictures.

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  1. Chaz says:

    I found the overall body and flavor on this stick decent, but less complex. Leather and pepper most of the way, with the pepper fading and a slight coffee at the end. Could have been smoother…

  2. TruDog says:

    Nice review. This cigar is one of my favorites. I agree with you about the flavors blending really well in the final third. Great job.

  3. Chris Tivnan says:

    The body of this stick always sneaks up on me at the very end. I like this flavor profile. Cocoa and spice mix so nicely.

  4. Byron says:

    Agree with earlier comments, especially the one by Chris, even more so with the longer 888 version. Mild/medium for most of its length, then ramps up rather quickly to definite full strength in final third. Excellent cigar after a meal, but you might want to go slow on an empty stomach…

  5. david121 says:

    This was recommended to me by a employee at my local B&M, i’m very glad i asked for a recommendation. I got alot of the same things as you Bryan!

  6. omies says:

    Agree with most on this one… starts out smooth like a martini then at the end it gives you a boost!

  7. SLCigarClassy101 says:

    This was a very unique smoke for me. Much like you, Bryan, I noticed the smooth flavors and slight transitions as I smoked it down. But he overall feeling I got from it was a smoothness and creaminess. A solid 8 in my book, one I would recommend to friends. Also, thanks again for including it in your premium sampler.

  8. eric.hanson says:

    I was really impressed by this stick whn I tried it from you sampler, I got lots of complx flavos and transitions.

  9. deezledubb says:

    Smoked one of these last night and was thoroughly impressed. My ’88 had a green wrapper, which intrigued me to purchase it for a fair price at my favourite cigar shop.

    From start to finish the draw was perfect. Never had to adjust by usual habit. The sweetness of this cigar stayed from beginning to end which is what impressed me most. Nothing harsh found here. Even when I got to the nub, I could have smoked this cigar to my fingertips, which is something I never normally do.

    I’ll be sure to grab a few more when the opportunity comes and add it to my ever growing repertoire of smokes I’ve come to appreciate. Enjoy!

  10. EddieJH says:

    I first tried this cigar from the premium sampler that I bought here. To be honest, it didn’t impress me as much as I thought it would. When I bought My second Premium Sampler I decided that I would try to toast it a bit differently and it made all of the difference. Honestly, the flavors seemed smoother.

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