Since they arrived at retail cigar stores in 2006, Illusione cigars have become one the most sought-after boutique/small batch cigars, and have received more 90+ rating scores than most mainstream cigar brands. Illusione was created by Dion Giolito, a Nevada native who started on the retail side of the business. A fondness for pre-1979 Joya de Nicaragua cigars is what inspired Giolito to create a brand of his own. He not only had a refined palate, he had an uncanny insight for tobacco and a natural knack for blending. So, using those pre-Sandinista era Joyas as his models, Illusione was born. The brand was first sold only in the Reno area, but rave reviews and rapidly-growing interest took the brand to national distribution.
The Illusione, Fume d'Amour and Haut 10 selections are made at the TABSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, while the Epernay is made at Raices Cubanas. Moreover, Illusione cigars have appeared in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 list on a practically annual basis, not to mention the myriad kudos they constantly receive in other publications and cigar blogs.
One of the key characteristics of Illusione cigars is their ability to issue an abundance of flavor without the "full-bodied" classification. Giolito personally prefers cigars in the mild to medium-bodied range, yet insists that his blends offer plenty of flavor and complexity – and that's an understatement. If you haven't had the pleasure of smoking an Illusione cigar, you're in for a phenomenal treat. Choose the blend that's right for you and discover this boutique cigar brand that's wowed cigar smokers across the board and around the world.