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Illusione Haut 10
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
FORMAT: SUPER Robusto, fan-tail cap
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA), Nicaragua
NOTES: Amazingly complex and quite brightly delivered. That combo makes for a cacophony of potentially unsettled flavors on account of lacking depth | nuance. Lotsa what's called "character" plays bandleader and well, this is maybe the jazziest smoke I've ever smoked. Every note but wet fence post is played in an improv fashion. Highlights: creamsicle, cocoa butter, pine nuts, Boston Creme donut, cardamom-laced apple pie, white peppercorn, buttered popcorn, gingerbread cookies, shortbread, cinnamon rolls. Oy, w/ the pastries & a vanilla latte.
Burn-line gets a slight blister here&there but the pace is Good, man (Benny Goodman reference, Jazz Bandleader). Offers lots of smoke off a perfect draw. Long and slow and happy. Maybe it's a Phish concert -- fuck I hope not. It's just I hate the people who go to those.
A brilliant experience. A tick tiringly-so. Pairs well w/ a nap afterward.
FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
"When I asked Giolito to explain the imagery on the box, he simply sent me this link." & "For the 10th anniversary of Illusione, Giolito created Haut 10, a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto extra that uses a Nicaraguan cafe claro AAA grade wrapper that sits on a blend of Nicaraguan criollo 98 and corojo 99 tobaccos that is “seco dominant.” He noted that the blend came as the result of three sortings to get the best materials from AGANORSA." - Patrick Lagreid, www.Halfwheel.com
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