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Review of Illusione cigars: the 68 Bombone and the MJ12
Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 01 January 2010

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The burn is nearly perfect, to say the least.  It burns evenly throughout, with an excellent draw and solid ash.  Despite the size, it can also burn slowly and last longer than you would expect.  The flavors are solid as well.  Illusione definitely found a way to pack a lot of nice surprises in such a small package.  There are plenty of nutty flavors, along with some spicy pepper to kick things up a notch.  Some chocolate is also evident, along with a good amount of leather and creaminess.  Needless to say, don’t judge a book by its cover and underestimate this small stick.

The 68 Bombone is a great cigar.  It’s not a showoff piece, but it’s a great smoke to have when you want something quick or powerful.  The construction is solid, the burn is superb, and the flavors keep you on your toes.  You can pick up a single for around $5, or get a box of 25.  Those who enjoy full-bodied smokes should definitely give it a try.  This is not a cigar for beginners, though, as it may be too powerful.  Since I really cannot find anything wrong with it, and it was highly enjoyable, the Illusione 68 Bombone gets a four star rating.

Illusione MJ12

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The MJ12 has an interesting background theory to its name, which has a specific significance to it like all other cigars released by the line.  While only Dion Giolito himself can be sure, many believe that MJ12 is a reference to the Majestic 12.  The Majestic 12, also known as the MJ12, among several other nicknames, was a group of officials and scientists appointed by President Truman in 1947 to investigate what was behind the mysterious UFO landing in Roswell, New Mexico.  One could further extrapolate that the cigar relates to this group from its silver foil wrapping, which could remind you of UFOs and the like.  It could be a stretch, but it does seem as a possible reasoning for the cigar’s name.  Maybe Giolito was a fan of conspiracy theories and the unknown?

The MJ12 is a Toro that measures 6x54.  Its filler is a blend of Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ’98 tobacco.  The binder is Nicaraguan and the cigar has a Nicaraguan Café Colorado wrapper.  Like all other Illusione cigars, the MJ12 is a puro made from 100 percent Nicaraguan tobacco and is finished off with a Cuban-style triple cap.

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