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:

  • Viejos – Robusto 5x50
  • Lagunas – Petit Corona 4.5x42
  • Clementes – Toro 6.5x48
  • Capistranos – Toro Gordo 6x56



illusione Fume d’Amour 

Vitola: Viejos – Robusto

Size: 5x50

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

MSRP:  $8.50

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.



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Comment by Charlie on May 4, 2015 at 1:25pm
I really love this cigar/blend...its hard to believe there is no ligero in the filler isn't it, with all that pepper/spice. After smoking all the sizes I seem to prefer the Lagunas(petit corona).

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on May 4, 2015 at 1:46pm

So no copier paper this time eh?

Comment by Charlie on May 4, 2015 at 1:48pm
Rob doesn't have that experienced of a palate to taste those kind of note Jose...C'mon its a Illusione there has to be printer ink and news paper in the profile!
Comment by Doug on May 4, 2015 at 1:57pm

I'm with Charlie on this one, the small petit corona seemed to work best with this cigar.  Then again, I haven't let any set long enough in my humidor to know how that works out either.  Nice review!

Comment by RobbyRas on May 4, 2015 at 2:19pm
Yeah, I'm not sophisticated enough to taste printer paper... Only Logan is so precise...

Comment by Mickey irratebass on May 4, 2015 at 3:12pm

Finally you reviewed this stick. Sounds like a good one, would like to try one......I have liked every illusione I've smoked so far.

Nice review Rob

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 4, 2015 at 4:13pm
Telling you. Printer paper.

Comment by Trippopolis on May 4, 2015 at 4:19pm

This review and Charlie's explanation made it sounds like this is right up my alley, but I had an experience more similar to Logan's thoughts.  I'll be revisiting it at some point.

Comment by Charlie on May 4, 2015 at 6:10pm

These can be had for $6-7...

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on May 4, 2015 at 7:48pm

I've actually smoked the toro.  made for a good morning cigar with coffee.


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