Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare Phantom

Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare Phantom

Size: 6×50, Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium/Full

Price: Box of 15, $180

Grade: 9.0

The Illusione Singulare “Phantom” is a limited release Nicaraguan puro from Don Giolito at Illusione cigars.  The cigar is rolled in Honduras and is limited to 1,000 boxes of 15 cigars per box.  The cigar is available in one size of 6 X 50 and has received positive reviews across the board.

This cigar was gifted to me by the hardest working half of Toasted Foot as a birthday present, mighty fine.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The light to medium brown wrapper on this stick is oily with a few veins.  The cigar is well packed with a nice cap.  The band design is a departure for Illusione, incorporating a different color scheme and the initial E.L.  The wrapper smells of earth with a touch of compost and a bit of barnyard at the foot.  The cold draw is rather mild and I can’t distinguish anything on the draw.

Burn, 1.8:
The cap cut clean off the “Phantom” and I toasted the foot.  Once lit the draw is initially a bit tight but opens up considerably about half an inch in.  The cigar produces plenty of smoke with an even burn and nice temperature for the duration.

 

Flavor, 2.8:
The first puff is solid Nicaraguan tobacco with a touch of spice present on the medium finish.  The first third provides notes of cedar, sweet spice, and a host of other flavors that go well with the earthy base of the tobacco.  In the second third the spice dies down a bit but the flavor is still solid with the above notes becoming more defined.  The last third found another transition but it still stayed with the notes of cedar, earth, and a touch of sweetness that lingered.  The spice for me at this point is gone, which is a little strange, but does not detract from my enjoyment of the smoke.

 

Overall, 2.7:
This is another great cigar from Illusione.  The price point and limited availability will keep these out of my and many others regular rotation, but that is what special releases are all about.

 

(Total: 9.0)