Cigar Aficionado

Illusione mk
42 42
Tasting Note
It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. And also a bit of fun. Many of Illusione cigars have hidden meanings encoded in the packaging and in the names. The "mk" printed on the black-and-white Illusione band, for example, stands for "mind kontrol." Brand owner Dion Giolito believes that the corona size, such as this one, serves as the best blending format when creating a cigar due to its proportions and ratios of tobacco. He who produces the best corona, his thinking goes, is the one who "kontrols" the market. If you're not one to mix riddles with your cigars, the data on this smoke is pretty straightforward. It's made in Nicaragua at the TABSA factory and is full of fantastic Nicaraguan tobacco. Substantial flavors of coffee and spice lead to a sweet note on the palate. For such a little cigar, the Illusione mk imparts big character.
Body Medium-Full
Size Corona
Ring Gauge 42
Length 5 1/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price $7.95
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 24
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2016 | Score: 92

This spicy, woody little corona develops a profound coffee bean character before segueing into a caramel and toffee sweetness. A complex smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2008 | Score: 90

An attractive corona that is mostly woody but offers some creamy, spicy notes and a balancing sweetness.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
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