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Illusione 88 Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, November 25, 2009
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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.

  • Chaz

    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…

    • EddieJH

      Did you let the cigar age in your humidor for a few months, or did you smoke it soon after buying it?

  • TruDog

    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.

  • 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.

    • EddieJH

      I like the cocoa flavors, I would have liked a hint of cinnamon though. 🙂

  • Byron

    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…

  • david121

    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!

  • omies

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

    • EddieJH

      I didn’t really feel a strength kick then again my tolerance must be high. Haha.

  • SLCigarClassy101

    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.

  • eric.hanson

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

  • deezledubb

    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!

    • EddieJH

      I completely agree with you, I hope that he decides to create a new sampler soon. I would buy it for sure! 🙂

  • EddieJH

    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.

  • Kim

    Just enjoyed this stick from your premium sampler, let it rest for a month in my new humidor… found it to be excellent from start to finish. Very smooth throughout, easy draw and lots of smoke which I prefer – thanks for including this Bryan, will be looking to buy more of these babies!

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