Personal Cigar Review: Illusione hl Candela

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Cigar Details: Illusione hl Candela

  • Vitola: Lancero
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 40
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Candela
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: TABSA
  • Blender: Dion Giolito
  • Price: $9.75
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Illusione hl Candela is a pea soup green and has a network of lightly raised, knotty veins. The seams are slightly raised and the caps well applied. The band is the Original Documents white and black style with the line name on front and company name on both sides. The aroma from the wrapper is just a light hay note while the foot brings a combination of hay and sweet cedar. The pre-light draw brings musty hay and cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty, toasted cedar and baking spice. At a half inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. At an inch in, the baking spice has transitioned to black pepper. The retrohale is a mix of musty, toasted cedar and zingy black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper mellows and a light hay note joins in. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar up front with an even mix of black pepper and hay a bit behind and light creaminess in the background. The strength was right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. At an inch in, the hay takes on a young/green note. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper mellows. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar up front with an even mix of black pepper and young hay a bit behind and light creaminess in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toast level picks up a bit. The retrohale remains musty, toasted cedar and mild black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper picks up once again. At an inch and a half in, both the toast level and black pepper increase some more. The cigar wraps up with musty, heavily toasted cedar up front, black pepper right behind, young hay a bit behind that and light creaminess in the background. The strength bumped up to medium-full.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy at times, but the cigar did go out three times, requiring re-lights.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with musty, toasted cedar and baking spice. Some creaminess joined a bit later and the baking spice transitioned to black pepper. Some hay joined a little later. The second third saw the hay take on a young/green note. The final third saw the toast and black pepper increase. The Illusione hl Candela started well, with a nice combination of flavors. The second third dropped a level as the flavor profile wasn’t as dynamic as it was in the first third and maintained that level the rest of the way. This is probably one of the best candela offerings on the market, but with that said, it isn’t a cigar I would come back to all that frequently. The cigar has a decent level of strength to it, so if you like fuller strength cigars and want to try candela, this would be a good option.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$1.68

Scoring System

Aaron
AveragePre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Illusione hl Candela
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Illusione hl Candela

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