Illusione is a brand I have always been able to get behind, and I always look forward to what the brand creator, Dion Giolito releases. It is probably one of the only brands where I can say I enjoy all of their offerings, and it is brand that has a portfolio that touches on a little bit of everything. They have releases that range from mild to full in terms of body and strength, and everything is always flavorful. It is not often where one can truly get behind a mix filler and a candela offering, but when you smoke those offerings, you can see why one can. Adding to a decent size portfolio, Dion released the Fume D'Amour in 2014. The line was a major success, and with it's success he released an additional vitola last year. It was titled Juniperos, and it was the lines "hl."
Cigar: Illusione Fume D'Amour Juniperos
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Ring Gauge: 40
The lancero is rolled well and is practically seamless from head to foot. The wrapper has a very minor amount of tooth present and with that are some small sized veins. The veins are present throughout the wrapper, and I would classify the coloring as being around a solid Colorado, maybe darker to some. At the foot of the cigar I am getting a sweet aroma that is showing some cinnamon spice qualities on top of that. There is this sweet dough quality as well, almost like a cinnamon roll without the frosting. The wrapper is showing an earthier and stronger spice profile, and they play off of one another well.
The first third has a soft beginning, but behind that softness is a lot of flavor. There is a nice red and white pepper combination present, and with that are some cedary qualities. I am picking up some faint earthy notes with that, and it has a sweetness as well that is a sweet tobacco flavor. There are those doughy characteristics, and it has the faintest amount of fruit bread present. I would classify the cigar as being slightly over medium in body and strength, and it is a full flavored cigar. The construction is top notch and it has a razor sharp burn line. The draw is slightly tight, but to my liking and it is producing decent amount of smoke with a firm soft gray ash.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding that the flavor profile is beginning to pop more than it was in the first. I am getting a nice cinnamon and sweet dough flavor for the most part, and it is accompanied by this pepper and fruit bread profile which really adds a lot to the blend. It has a sweet tobacco finish, and it is a well balanced cigar. The body and strength are at that medium level and the flavors are still an easy full. In terms of construction, the lancero remains top notch and it is producing a razor sharp burn line with a firm soft gray ash on the end. The draw is cool, giving off a nice bit of smoke, but it has a firmness like before which I care for.
When I get into the final third of the cigar the flavor profile begins to show some additions to those core flavors. I am getting this coffee/espresso flavor and it is pairing well with the cinnamon and sweet dough qualities. There is a soft bit of pepper present in this third as well, and it continues to deliver that sweet fruit bread flavor. The finish is of tobacco that is sweet while showing some rich earth qualities with that. It'is a nice finish. I would classify the final third as being medium overall in strength and body, and the flavor profile is at that full levell. Construction remains top notch and there is a perfect burn line on the finish with a soft charcoal ash present. The draw is cool at the end, and I enjoy it down to the lancero nub.
I am a fan of this new vitola addition, Juniperos, and I would say this as my second favorite vitola in the line. It is hard to beat the Clementes vitola, I don't think that is possible, but it outmatches other vitolas in the line. From a consumer perspective, and knowing what I gravitate towards, I am still going to smoke the Lagunas vitola over this offering, but that is because of the time requirement with smokes compared. This was an elegant lancero and I love the growth that was present from the first third to the final third. The softness in strength and body were enjoyable as well, and because of that I can have this cigar at anytime and most consumers can reach out and enjoy it. The construction is top notch, as it is almost all of the time with Dion's products, and when summer comes I will be reaching out to these when I have time to truly enjoy a lancero. I am giving the cigar a rating of 91.
Rating: 91 AKA "Box Split"