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Friday, 01 January 2010

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Good day everyone!  Today let’s take a look at the 68 Bombone and the MJ12, two cigars from a company relatively new to the industry, Illusione.  Before we begin, let’s take a look at the company and the man behind these two good stogies. 

Illusione Cigars has only been around a few years and was founded by Dion Giolito.  Giolito got his start in the industry working at a cigar shop for 12 years.  He finally decided to venture out and open his own shop, which eventually led to him beginning his own line of cigars.  Giolito creates his cigars with the hopes of reviving the great full-bodied flavor of Nicaraguan cigars smoked in the past.  Illusione produces only premium cigars that are hand-made at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.  With all the movement towards modernization in today’s world, it’s nice to know that someone can appreciate nostalgia. 

Illusione 68 Bombone

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As with all of the cigars in the line, the Illusione 68 Bombone carries a special meaning behind its name.  The number 68 refers to the year in which founder Dion Giolito was born.  Adding some more concrete symbolism to the recipe is the fact that the 68 Bombone is also the smallest cigar in the line, making it Illusione’s “baby.”  Giolito claims that this cigar is also dedicated to Paul Garmirian and Zino Davidoff, two veterans in the tobacco industry who greatly impacted his career.  As for the “Bombone” part of the name, a bombon in Spanish means a small piece of chocolate that you can eat in one bite.  I don’t know if that is the exact correlation in this case, but I see how it could correspond, considering the cigar’s small size.  

The Illusione 68 Bombone is a petit corona that measures 4x44.  Don’t be fooled by its small size, though, as it packs plenty of punch.  It is a Nicaraguan puro, as its filler, binder and wrapper all come from the Central American nation.  The cigar is finished off with a Cuban-style triple cap.  The cigar is considered full-bodied in flavor.

The first thing you notice about the Illusione 68 Bombone is obviously its size.  You could say almost say it’s a “cute” cigar.  It has a classy, small white band near the head in black and white with the number 68 and the Illusione name on it in stylish font.  It reminded me of something out of the 1940’s (although I wasn’t even alive back then.)  The cigar itself is nice and dark, just a bit oily, and with some prominent veins visible throughout the body.  Before lighting it has a scent of molasses and a similar cold taste. 





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