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
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Criollo 98 (Esteli) & Corojo 99 (Jalapa)
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"