The Singulare is an annual limited edition release from illusione cigars. The first Singulare was released in 2009 and we have seen one every year since. Each year we see a new blend and a new size. The 2014 iteration is a Nicaraguan puro which measures in at 5 1/2 x 54 and features a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 Cafe Rosado wrapper. It features the familiar white band with silver text which is damn near impossible to photograph on a sunny day.
illusione Singulare 2014 Anunnaki
Size: 5 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 Cafe Rosado
Samples for review purchased from the Cigar Federation Store
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-Light: The wrapper on the Singulare 2014 was stunning to look at and smelled terrific. The wrapper smelled of marshmallow and baking spices while the foot offered notes reminiscent of graham crackers. The cold draw was perfect and tasted of hay and raisins. The cigar itself had a solid feel to it and was densely packed with tobacco.
Beginning: When I saw that the Anunnaki featured the same wrapper as the Epernay, I had a feeling that I was in for a treat. I love it when I'm right. The Anunnaki started off with a smooth and creamy texture on the tongue and through the retrohale. The flavor profile consisted mainly of cedar, honey and toasted bread. There was a mild creamed coffee note along with a very mild white pepper spice on the retro.
As I progressed through the first third the mile white pepper spice began to grow and settle on the tongue while the honey sweetness died away. The creamed coffee become more pronounced as well.
Middle: The second third started off with notes of creamed coffee and cedar on the tongue. The white pepper spice plateaued and began to recede as I approached the mid point. That initial honey sweetness returned and the profile settled into a perfect balance. Each puff offered notes of cedar, honey and creamed coffee with a very mild spice on the retro. I don't know if there is a "perfect" out there, but the middle portion of the Anunnaki was pretty damn close.
End: The white pepper spice returned and the entire flavor profile took on a more full and rich character. The strength kicked up to a medium-plus as well, but the perfect balance remained. I smoked this one down past the band and found each puff completely enjoyable.
Final Thoughts: Holy crap! Dion has another winner on his hands. The Singulare 2014 Anunnaki is an expertly blended cigar that features fantastic flavor and perfect balance. It has a great aroma and perfect construction. I'm not sure what more I can say about it.
Rating: 93 AKA "Box Split"
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