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4/26/18

Illusione Cigars Cigares Prive in Toro "Prensado Suave" - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz


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Illusione Cigares Prive Prensado Suave

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaragua
FILLER: Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium
FORMAT: "Prensado Suave" Toro, box-press
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) Nicaragua

Toasted overtones of rich bright sweetly sour notes braced by rigid bitter/pepper-spiced undertones which are somewhat darker. Salted savory roasted underbelly nethers. Quite nuanced and very complex. Balanced supremely-so. Retro-hale high-lights a sweet/sour spice. Medium-full flavor.
  • Pepper, front-loaded black & white
  • Spice, cinnamon (sweetly)
  • Woods, cedar & pine
  • Nuts, peanut butter (the natural kind)
  • Grains, oats (toasted)
  • Coffee, Americano
  • Fruit, plum
  • Leather
  • Hay, creamy
  • Earth, bright
A robust medium bodied offering. Quite rich for that part of the spectrum. Smooth and soft with a decent tongue-tingle. Finish is a complex lingering of sweet/sour/bitter on long legs. Ends cleanly, coolly. Medium strength'd, as well.

Combusts slowly and evenly of pace and line. Grows excellent ash. Puts out a very nice bit of smoke from each end both actively and passively. Room-note is a savory pepper-spice sweetness. Construction stays firm and cool, press holds admirably and draw is excellent.

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

Whilst Illusione is a sponsor *buy a box* of mine, that in no way *buy a box* influenced my review. *Buy a box*.

PRESS:
"Cigares Prive, a line of cigars by Illusione that was designed to be shop exclusives for various retailers will now be available to all retailers. The line was showcased at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show ... Cigares Prive is now being released in two blends – a Nicaraguan Corojo and a San Andres Maduro. Both blends will be available in the same set of three sizes each packaged in 25 count boxes." - Cigar Coop (9/23/16)

"I have smoked a very large number of Illusione cigars over the years, and have found the vast majority of them to range from very good to legendary. The Illusione Cigares PrivĂ© Corojo falls short of the latter, but it toes the line nicely ... the new Illusione Cigares PrivĂ© Corojo is a wonderful addition to an already great line-up." Halfwheel (3/24/17)

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