Illusione MJ12 Toro Gordo Maduro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, August 6, 2012
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Illusione MJ12 Toro Gordo Maduro Cigar Review

This 6×54 stick features a very dark brown oily wrapper with a slick, rock hard pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap and rich, burned hay and manure aroma. First light reveals a bold fully body blast of thick chewy smoke with flavors of a slightly sweet oiliness and smooth thick tobaccos with a long oily finish. Draw is perfect and smoke output is plentiful. The first third develops similar flavors, dropping the pepper zing but keeping the little bit of spiciness that goes very well with the oil on the finish. Core flavors are a medium-full bodied creamy light tobacco. 20 minutes in at the last bit of the 1st third, flavors morph to a soft creamy leather and a bit of the pepper zing comes back through the finish. Overall it’s mellowing out, body around a medium, smoke output down a bit but still burning well. 40 minutes in finishing the 2nd third, the leather changes to a deeper general earthiness and a little bit of strength kick has come up. Thank you very much to viewer Chaz for generously sending this sample in!

  • Bill O

    Great review Bryan, thanks again. Hope you got to watch the Mars landing while you were smoking it!!!

  • sixstring

    Nice review Bryan, this one sounds right up my alley, will check the ole B&M for this one for sure!

  • James

    Haven’t tried any illusione cigars yet, planning on picking some up soon though! Thank you Bryan!

  • Sounds Delicious!

  • Chaz

    Great review Bryan- I thought you’d like that one. This really seems to be one of the least known of the Illusione lines- I don’t know why they don’t market it more…

  • smokethis

    As usual, a thoughtful and concise review.
    Thanks Bryan.
    I’m guessing the dogs barking means they enjoyed the aroma.;)

  • Vicster

    Very nice review. I am a big Illusione fan and this one is a great stick in my opinion.

  • ryanmo45

    I haven’t had any illusione yet. I have heard good things and this cigar sounds really good.

  • omies

    Nice review… Illusione cigars are some of my favorites – also like the MJ12 and Cruzado… think you’ll enjoy them also!

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