The Fume d’Amour from illusione cigars has been amazingly popular since its release at IPCRP 2014. It ranked highly on many 2014 “Top Lists” and folks around Cigar Federation have been loudly singing its praises.
The Fume d’Amour is available in four sizes:
illusione Fume d’Amour
Vitola: Viejos – Robusto
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar for review purchased from Cigar Federation Store & local B&M
Pre-Light: The Fume d’Amour was densely packed and rock solid. I was a bit worried that the draw was going to be effected, but luckily that was not the case. The wrapper had a perfect caramel color and smelled of tobacco and mild baking spices. The cold draw was clean and offered some very mild notes of tobacco and hay.
Beginning: The Fume d’Amour wasted no time in delivering full flavor. Right off the bat I was hit with notes of sweet cream, toast, mild nuts and mild black pepper. The pepper existed solely on the retrohale and was quite mild. That would come to change.
As I progressed through the first third the cream texture remained consistent while the black pepper grew in strength and began to settle on the tongue.
Middle: The black pepper took over and washed out all other flavors. The creaminess and sweetness were all but gone on the tongue. Each puff was a blast of pepper. The finish is what held my attention. The sweet cream and tasted nut notes stayed alive on the finish.
End: As I entered the final third I was hoping the pepper would back off and I was really happy when it did just that. Everything I liked about the beginning of the Fume d’Amour returned. Each puff was full of sweet cream and toasted nuts while the black pepper returned to its backup role.
Final Thoughts: This cigar started out great and ended with amazing flavor. The middle was lacking complexity and balance. I experienced this on the first Fume d’Amour I smoked and it led me to my local B&M to track down a few more. I picked up two more and smoked them both. The experience was the same for all three cigars.
Rating: 88 AKA “5-Pack”
My plan is to pick up a 5er of these and let them rest in my humidor for 6 months or so. I’m hoping that the pepper blast in the middle will mellow out a bit over time. If it does, then this will become a great cigar. If it doesn’t, then it’s still a good cigar. I’m curious to see how it smokes this fall.