In many circles, wrapper from the San Andreas Valley in Mexico is considered to be the best leaf for flavor when put through the maduro fermentation process.
The natural properties of this cover leaf produce an earthy-sweet aroma when smoldering and adds a spicy nutty dimension to the illusione blend, rather than covering up the blend complexity with a dominant maduro-style flavor.
- Strength: Medium
- Body: Full
- Tobacco origin: Nicaragua/Mexico
- Size: 6 x 54
- Shape: Toro Gordo
- Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro Wrapper
- Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo/Corojo
- Filler: Nocaraguan Corojo
- Cut: V-Cut (Cross)
- Cigars Reviewed: 1
Appearance: Dark brown, slightly oily wrapper with some blotchiness; touch and feel is somewhat rough with small, yet highly prevalent veins.
The wrapper has a very pleasant aroma with a combination of sweet floral hay, leather, and dark chocolate.
Draw: Mere effortless
This cigar starts somewhat harsh just off the initial lite layered in spicy black pepper and leather. The pull and smoke at the start is very easy and fully rounded. Rich dark coffee notes and toasted espresso immediately overwhelm the first inch of this stick. Overall the beginning is richly balanced, yet somewhat over powering by the peppery spice.
Just past the first inch mark this cigar immediately begins to mellow out with less peppery undertones and leathery spice; becoming more full with roasted dark chocolate and sweet leathery hay.
The draw and burn at this point is still effortless and slightly uneven, yet manageable. The ash is somewhat lacking in consistency and slightly flaky, but the draw remains relatively cool.
Into the last third just before the band, the spice begins to ramp up just slightly; introducing dry woodsy hay. The dark chocolate and cocoa are still extremely prevalent , yet more pronounced and very well balanced to an extremely flavorful finish.