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Quick Smoke: Illusione Singulare 2012

16 Sep 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

If anything, this cigar got better since I first smoked it almost two months ago. Still my favorite of the two most recent Singulare releases by Illusione, the San Andreas wrapper isn’t the best-looking wrapper, but the flavors are right on point. The cigar imparts plenty of dry chocolate and earth notes, with coffee, roast nut, and a bit of pepper. Like the original 2010 Singulare “Phantom,” it has a wine-like tannic property that leaves your lips tingling. With excellent construction and complex medium- to full-bodied flavors, I highly recommend it.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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3 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Illusione Singulare 2012”

  1. Chris S Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Had two of these the last week in August. The #1 spot on my personal cigar rankings had been the 601 Green for nearly 5 years; well guess what? There's a new #1!

    Honestly this smoke has to have played to my palate better than any cigar I've ever had. It was subtle and complex, and felt like it changed with every draw. It was the perfect tightness, not so loose that it's overwhelming, but you didn't have to work for it.

    That said, I did smoke two different vitolas, and thought the Le Matin was much better than the Le Monde.

    • Chris S Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Oops! I misread the post's title, and thought this was in reference to the Epernay. Either way Illusione=very good smoke.

  2. Eric Monday, September 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I bought and smoked the last one my shop had last week. It was quite good indeed.