Team Cigar Review: Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns

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Cigar Details: Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns

  • Vitola: Diadema
  • Length: 6.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: TABSA
  • Blender: Dion Giolito
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: October 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns is light brown with some darker lines where the wrapper is covering veins. The seams are smooth but fairly easily visible due to the color variation of the wrapper. The 109 style head is finished well. The brand is the traditional design for the line being silver on white designating the company and line with a black EL on the back. The aroma from the wrapper is leather and light hay and with the foot opening being quite small, I couldn’t pick up anything different there. The pre-light draw brings a smooth cedar with faint spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns is a great Diadema and I love the 109 finish to the cigar. The cigar has a silky wrapper and is firm throughout. It has small to medium sized veins and a lovely Colorado wrapper. I would classify it as light brown marbling with some reddish hue. The aroma is of soft spices, hay, tobacco, wood and earth.

Pre-light Experience

The Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns has a Salomone shape and a 109 style cap. The foot appears to have a different shade of wrapper applied to the first inch or so. Nosing the cigar, I pick up aromas of cedar, light barnyard and faint spices. From the foot, there is more sweetness along with barnyard.

Pre-light Experience

The Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns is a proper Diademas shaped cigar. The wrapper has a natural oily sheen brown with some splashes of darker brown marks. Bunch and roll is even, veins well pressed, seams tight and tapered head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper gives cedar and hay. Nosing the foot tells faint sharper cedar and red pepper spice. Cold draw tells cedar, hay and subtle dried nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with candied cinnamon, similar to hard red candy or even Red Hots, and some light wood. At a quarter inch in, the cinnamon mellows a bit as the wood becomes a bit fuller and they are both even. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood has the lead as the cinnamon is now quite light in the background with some light mushroom mustiness joining in at the same fullness level. The retrohale carries an even mix of wood, cinnamon and mushroom mustiness. At an inch and three quarters, the mushroom mustiness has increased to be just behind the wood and the cinnamon is still light in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering these kettle corn flavors that are paired with sweet peppery spice notes. I am getting some butter qualities as well and the finish is of tobacco and buttered and peppered pork medallions. It is medium-full in strength and body, but the flavors are around the medium level. It has this whole light heavyweight quality.

First Third

I don’t like to use this description but truly the flavor profile starts as Cuban-esque, with baking spices and bread. There is lingering cedar and spices on the post draw. As the cigar settles, post draw earth and cedar settle in. Some medium minus pepper joins the post draw as the cigar progresses. Spices and pepper intensity fall as the bread takes over the center of the profile, and retrohale. The retrohale also takes on a cedar finish. Honey sweetness joins the middle of the profile by the halfway point. Some mild citrus also joins the post draw.

First Third

The initial half inch exhibits soft/white flavors. Biscuits and buttered bread galore with some trailing barnyard funk and dried nuts. Past that mark, spice and earth joins with sharper cedar and minerals. Retrohaling highlights the red pepper spice, nuts and cherries. The finish is medium in length with semi-mouthful of tannins and lasting cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood becomes more defined as cedar while the mushroom mustiness remains right behind, and the cinnamon is now a general baking spice and still light in the background. At a quarter inch in, the cedar and mushroom mustiness are even as the baking spice has left the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness has lost the mushroom note. The retrohale is a general wood note and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile has remained pretty much the same although a slight earthiness has joined in, Strength remains at slightly below medium.

Second Third

Getting into the second third, I find some transitioning taking place and I am getting those sweet tobacco and subtle earth notes. There are some spices present and the finish has some wood, honey and pork medallion notes. It has some nice complexity and depth, and this is a fun cigar. Like before, it has this unique strength, body and flavor profile relationship and I am getting a medium-full strength level, medium-full to full body level and medium flavor profile.

Second Third

Bread carries the profile into the second third, with baking spices, cedar and honey to finish each draw. Cedar and spices lingering significantly between draws. Mild cocoa joins the middle of the profile as it settles in. By the end of the second third, some post draw earthiness begins to settle in.

Second Third

The second third is where it’s at. The profile now gives fuller and bolder flavors. Both the minerals and spice levels get an uptick, while not sacrificing the softer/whiter notes. Flavors of biscuits, buttered, bread, barnyard funk, nuts, sharper cedar, red pepper spice, minerals and tannins are all still intact. The strength also moves to a medium full, while body maintains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the musty cedar continues on as the earthiness has been replaced by a light vegetal note in the background. At a half inch in, the cigar has warmed up a bit, bringing a toasted note to the cedar while the vegetal note has become even with it and the mustiness. The retrohale carries toasted cedar and mustiness. At an inch in, the toasted cedar and mustiness are up front with the vegetal note now being light in the background. The cigar finishes out with the same toasted and musty cedar profile with light vegetal note in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that is similar to the second third and it has a nice complexity and level of depth. The sweet tobacco notes are pairing well with those subtle earth and spice notes, and the finish of wood, honey and pork qualities is lovely. Like before, the body, strength and flavors are the same levels and it’s a cool ending.

Final Third

The earth from the end of the second third moves to the front of the profile here. Bread notes take over the retrohale, as the earth fades. Mild earthiness returns to the post draw as the cigar settles in.

Final Third

The last third throws off the balance a bit as I’m feeling the strength more as well as the minerals and spice levels are starting to overshadow the soft/white notes. I’m not entirely surprised as most new Singularé have a tendency to perform this way within the last third.

Burn

The burn line was wavy throughout, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was very good on this cigar from start to finish. Well made Diadema that produced a nice charcoal ash that held on fairly well.

Burn

The burn starts out straight and becomes slightly wavy after 1-1/2 inches, eventually self correcting. The burn is fairly straight through the middle and final thirds. The cigar goes out in the last third requiring a re-light.

Burn

Overall, a great burn performance less the flaky ashes present. Cool burning temperature, even burn and never a need to use my lighter past the initial light.

Draw

The draw was a bit snug through the first third and then a few quick hits with the draw tool brought it to where I wanted it. It tightened up a bit in the final third.

Overall

The cigar began with a great profile of candied cinnamon and light wood. After the first inch, the profile was wood, mushroom mustiness and light cinnamon. The second third saw the wood become more defined as cedar and the cinnamon transition to baking spice. After that, the spice left and the musty cedar was the core the rest of the way until the final third when a vegetal note joined in. Construction was very good and strength was slightly below medium until the final third when it bumped up a notch. The Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns began great as I’m a big fan of cinnamon, but as it became lighter, the profile dropped down a level of enjoyment for me. It was pretty average after that and with a long smoking time, became a bit mundane. This is not my favorite in the Singulare line and I would prefer the previous or original releases if I was making a pick. I would like to smoke this again to see how the consistency is across multiples in hopes of the first third’s profile lasting longer. If you’re a fan of Illusione or the Singulare line in particular, this is definitely a cigar to try out to see how it ranks for you.

Draw

Draw was great on this cigar from start to finish. It smoked cool and had a great level of resistance from beginning to end.

Overall

I liked the Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns and I thought it was a solid release for Illusione and the Singularé line. There have been some great and poor releases with Singularé and I believe this will be well received. Especially with age! I thought it had a complex flavor profile and there was some transitioning throughout. The pork medallions notes were great and a nice finish when the honey notes emerged. The Diadema itself was constructed wonderfully and the 109 cap was an awesome touch. I don’t think it compares with the ~eccj~ 25th release, but I believe it superior to the Epernay 10th Anniversary d’Aosta. I appreciate that Dion can have a cigar that does not score great for me and it is still superior to a clear majority of the other cigars released to market.

Draw

The draw is quite resistant about 3-1/2 to 4 notches towards tight. Once the cigar gets settled into the first third, the draw opens up significantly to 2-1/2 to 3 notches.

Overall

The Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns is an enjoyable cigar. There is a depth of complex and nuanced flavor present for the first and second thirds. The last third is still enjoyable but it is a step down from the dessert profile offered before that point. I would happily smoke this cigar again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, striking the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

As I’ve mentioned in the past, a good Diademas shaped cigar must be transitional, create a build up and have the cigar smoking experience be engaging. This cigar size is special so it should be a treat to smoke. In the case of the Illusione Singularé 2019 Seven Horns, it has the baseline of what a Diademas ought to be. The cigar starts off with namely soft/white flavors, soon building up to plenty of spice and minerality, but never abandoning the soft/white flavors. This is all packaged by a building strength from medium to medium plus. Even with all this said, the cigar is not prime time yet. Just like a young Cab or Bordeaux, it needs time to meld and further work out the rougher edges. By that time, it will be prime time.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.56

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.27

Cost/Point

$2.06

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$2.34

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.42

Cost/Point

$2.02

Scoring System

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