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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Illusione OneOff +53 Super Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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OneOff +53

FORMAT: 5.75x48 "Super Robusto"
ORIGIN: Nicaraguan

NOTES: Notably tangy overtones of Orange Julius w/ white pepper kicker. Ginger, honey, graham, car-a-mel undertones. Draws well and burns nicely, slowly. Smooth as Billy Dee Williams hawking malt liquor. Cool as a cucumber placed on the other side of yer pillow. Lacks complexity but does have some bright nuance. Skittles finish (moderate length). Jaunty. Purposeful.

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


"The OneOff brand has a neat story. Here goes: 'twas created in 2001 by one Mr. Andrea Molinari, CEO of an eye-talian air-line and proprietor of a La Casa del Habano. Sir simply wanted his own brand. Plasencia obliged and the smokes were made at their Nicaraguan factory, Segovia Cigars S.A. Living up to their OneOff nom de tobacco, offerings were made scant and mainly-so for Asian and Euro markets. Much of the buzz 'round the original brand was, in fact, its branding. Its packaging, particularly. The logo employed to be emblazoned was the peace sign. Cigar smarks were shortly tripping over one-another to get their mitts on the curious things. Scarcely found plus curiously presented, equaled [to] a cult-like following that was somewhat the impetus behind Giolito's birthing of [his own brand] Illusione.

As to OneOff's re-introduction: expect that to occur sometime next year. Expect it too, to look and perchance even smoke the same. As Dion plans on keeping the cult-iconic branding in place and was attracted also to the blend's grand-father'd in status. That OG unicorn recipe, gentlepersons: Honduran top-leaf o'er Nicaraguan guts. They will be rolled outta the TABSA factory, much-like-much of Illusione's other offerings." - Me, Illusione Owner Dion Giolito Buys OneOff - Cigar News

Fine. OK. Alrighty. In June, Illusione sent to market 7/8 of the everything-old-is-new-again front. The lagging 1/8 being the +53 Super Robusto... & NOW, it's on its way to said market on the heels of the other little piggies. +53. The country code of Cuba. Was Cuban leaf used in the OG OO blend? Proly not. Speaking of the blend, Dion Giolito of Illusione has stated the +53 to be different than the rest. He's right, too, and away from its recipe, as well. See, it has a secondary band and a ~$30USD per MSRP. Those extra brands must be pricey propositions!

[note: Cuban Crafters picked up the name OneOff & they're whom Illusione did purchase it from.]" Me, from Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: OneOff (Illusione), Nomad, & Curivari Cigars.

"Illusione Cigars is proud to present ONEOFF. A breakout cigar at the turn of the 21st century that gained an immediate cult status. We felt like we had the opportunity and duty to recreate the fire and essence that was the impetus of the brand. We achieved it." -

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