From beginning to end, the cigar had a great draw. It was not too loose or tight and it allowed the smoker to get a great bit of smoke with each draw and the ability to pickup the flavors presented in the cigar. While the flavors were not that enjoyable in the end, the cigar did not smoke hot in the end.
As a cigar, the Cruzado is not the best release from Illusione and is nowhere near the best release from last year. It may improve with some time but as of right now it is not a great blend. With the other Corojo wrapper offerings Illusione has, I would pass on this one. But, if you didn’t care for the original Cruzado then maybe this version will speak to you. With that being said though, if you were a fan of the old Cruzado releases, you will find this to be completely different and lacking that quality which you loved in the original Cruzado line. It just lacked that awesome sweet spice from the Criollo tobacco in the original blend.