Illusione ~cg:4~ White Horse ( 5.6" x 48 )
I picked this cigar up about a month ago as part of a five pack. Since then it has sat in my cooler at about 62% RH. Looking online puts this cigar around the $8 range, but I was able to pick it up for slightly less.
Initial Impression and Light:
This cigar had a nice medium brown wrapper with a slightly velvety finish, a couple medium veins, and excellent seams. When I picked up the cigar it felt noticeably heavy in my hand. It had a very dense pack giving a very firm feel with no noticeable soft spots. The smell of the cigar was almost nothing. I punch cut the cap which gave a very good firm draw. I toasted and lit the cigar with a soft flame lighter.
The cigar started off with a great mix of earth, wood, and chocolate with some spices like nutmeg. The flavors were were in the medium/light-medium range. The burn was almost razor sharp and the ash fell almost at the end of the first third.
The second third was a continuation of the first third. Somewhere around the half-way point, the flavors became a solid medium. The burn continued to be excellent and the ash fell right around the end of the the second third.
The final third picked up some nice semi-strong but smooth coffee with a decent amount of nuttiness. They continued this way till the end. The burn was razor sharp to the end and the ash fell with about a half inch to go. The total burn time was just a hair under two hours.
A great Nicaraguan cigar. The flavors were particularly smooth and the burn and construction speaks for itself. One thing I wasn't expecting out of a cigar of this size was a two hour burn time. All in all, I loved it.
Below is the burn progression