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Monday, 03 June 2013

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altToday's reviews feature two solid cigars, starting with the medium to full-bodied Illusione CG4 Maduro.  Wrapping things up is the mild Emilio AF Suave.

Illusione CG4 Maduro

The Illusione CG4 Maduro was introduced by Dion Giolito as a way to expand his brand’s core line.  Regarding the CG4 name, it has some interesting meaning behind it, which also holds true with many other Illusione smokes.  So, what does it mean?  The CG stands for Corona Gorda, which is the cigar’s format, and the 4 stands for the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the cigar itself.

The Illusione CG4 Maduro measures 5 5/8 x 46.  There are several other offerings or gauges offered by Illusione as well, such as the HL, 888, MJ12, and so on.  The CG4 uses Nicaraguan tobaccos for its interior composition.  The wrapper, meanwhile, comes from Mexico’s San Andreas Valley.  According to Illusione’s site, this wrapper offers up the best flavor when put through the Maduro fermentation process.  Strength-wise, the CG4 Maduro is said to be medium to full-bodied.

The CG4 is a good looking cigar with a rustic appearance.  The Maduro wrapper is dark-brown in color, and it has some oil on the surface.  There are only a few small veins that are noticeable.  No major flaws are present from as far as I can tell.  A subtle red, black, and gold band sits near the head.  It displays the CG4 name and blends in nicely with the color of the wrapper.  The cigar's overall construction is excellent.  Then again, this seems to be the theme with many Illusione sticks.  Feeling the cigar reveals that it is well-packed with tobacco.  There are no soft spots at all.  As for the final pre-light characteristics, the CG4 offers a cold taste of chocolate and a spicy aroma.

Once lit, the CG4 burns well at a very nice temperature.  The draw is a tad tight, but I really can’t complain.  The ash is very long and light gray in color.  The burn stays even for the most part and only requires a couple of minor touch-ups along the way.  No re-lights are needed.

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