First look of the Illusione *G* Gigantes shows good construction and even rolling. There is a slight oil sheen, on a somewhat veiny wrapper, with clean pressed seams. With a nice looking band, that is quite minimal compared to the size of the Gigantes. The aroma is a bit sweet, of leather, earth, cedar and tobacco. Luckily, this cigar is not as large as the name would have you believe.

*G*Gigantes by Illusione

Size: 6.5 x 56

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

 Binder: Criollo 98 (Esteli) & Corojo 99 (Jalapa)

Filler: Aganorsa

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $7.99

Cigar Purchased: Samples

Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.

The cold draw is a medium strength, sweet cedar with a very minimal red pepper spice in the back of the throat. I am also getting some notes that are almost like a dark fruit, but it’s hard to detect exactly what. The Illusione Gigantes has an interesting flavor profile in the first third. The forefront is a semi-sweet mix of cedar and earth, but the interesting note is in the background. There is a minty flavor that comes through on the finish and lingers for a short while. I really liked the mint, but it faded out about halfway through this third and then I started getting more of a citrus note in its place. The burn is mostly straight, with a solid ash and a light amount of smoke.

The second third of the Gigantes changes up some more. There is a strong mineral note, dominating the tongue with a medium finish. In the background there are notes of earth and leather, which linger on the tongue for a while. There is also a spice that hits the back of my throat, but it’s quite mild. The flavors are very unique and, although not bad, not quite up my alley. The burn stayed straight, with a tight ash and a slight increase in smoke production, but the draw got a bit tight.

The final third transitions into a much stronger cigar, in this Illusione Gigantes. The first two thirds were medium in strength and body, but the final third is definitely full. The profile is a rich, heavy note of earth and tobacco. It’s a spicy tobacco note. Thankfully, the draw loosened back up, and it is drawing perfectly. With an even burn and clean ash. The profile was still good, just stronger than I prefer.

Final thoughts? For me the Illusione Gigantes is definitely smokable, just not in my wheelhouse. And don't let the name fool you, for Illusione "Gigantes" does not mean 7x70. This is not a jawbreaker, just on the longer side of a 56 ring gauge. Also, I believe it's worth noting that I am in the minority that does not care for the *R* Rothchildes either.

Rating: 83 AKA “I wouldn't pay money for them, but I'd try to weasel some or trade for some"

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Comment by Trippopolis on May 22, 2015 at 9:50am

How similar was this to the Rothchildes?

Comment by 007MI6 on May 22, 2015 at 9:59am

I would say only in spirit. It is a different blend, but in my mind it followed the Rothschild closely in the "profile type". If that makes sense to you. The Gigiantes is just deeper in strength and body though. Especially in the final third, where everything really picked up. I honestly think I liked the Gigantes more than the Rothschild.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on May 22, 2015 at 2:08pm

I honestly think I liked the Gigantes more than the Rothchildes.

That's a a bold statement sir.

Comment by Jason Meyers on May 22, 2015 at 2:49pm

I still need to give one of these a try. I love the Rothschild so it will be hard to beat.

Comment by Charlie on May 22, 2015 at 3:03pm

The only problem with these is the size and the price....why fix whats not broken...the Rothschild is working fine..why add a bigger version and put a price tag on it that is very similar to Dions more quality lines? Doesnt' make sense to me.

Comment by 007MI6 on May 22, 2015 at 3:14pm

There is a larger than I would have imagined mass of people the highly prefer larger cigars. I'm not in that mass, but it IS there. So, from a business standpoint it makes sense. The difference in size between the *R* and the *G* makes sense, that is. The 6.5x56 isn't a very large size to me, just on the big side.

I don't understand anything past 6x60. I can smoke a 6x60 and enjoy it. The 7x70's and new 8x80, make zero sense to me.

Comment by Charlie on May 22, 2015 at 4:56pm

I'm one of those people who wont touch anything that is over 52...but, the whole idea behind this line was to be a high quality "budget" cigar...this is FAR from budget...most people can/would/will/do buy cigars even bigger for half the price and think they are just as good. I really like the idea of Illusione going for a blend that appeals to all, great size, great price, ect....unfortunately I didn't like the cigar at all. I'm a HUGE Aganorsa fan but this had no resemblance to any Aganorsa blend I have smoked.

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on May 23, 2015 at 3:37pm

I thought it was a great stick.  Where the Rothchilds are compact flavor bombs, I thought the Gigants where similar but more balanced.  It will probably take you close to two hours to smoke this monster stick and I too would have like to have seen a smaller RG.  I also think that $8 a stick its still considered a "budget" stick considering the flavor and value on the Gigantes is very good.


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