Illusione Rothchildes 4.5×50

Hey guys sorry for taking all day to write this blog, been a very long and crazy day! Also before I start, the blog is going to be posted every Friday. If you guys want more frequent blogs, please let me know and I will try my hardest to make it happen!

So todays blog we are featuring the Illusione Rothchildes. This sticks name pops up quite a bit on reddit and other forums whenever people are asking for a decent budget stick and so it was time to give it a try. It cost $5.50 at the local B&M and it is a San Andreas wrapper with a Nicaraguan filler and binder. My initial thoughts on this particular cigar was that the construction was very nice! Minimal veins from the wrapper if any at all and the smell of it was nice and earthy. It was a wonderful day outside too, unlike today unfortunately.

First third – So right off the bat, leather was the very first note picked up from this cigar and boy was it prominent. The leather was so strong that it had tasted as if I walked into a leather store and just inhaled thru the mouth like a vacuum. As the cigar started to burn, floral notes and white pepper started to become more noticeable. The closer to the second third I started to pick up another flavor that I couldn’t quite put my finger on…

Second third – Cedar! It was cedar that I was tasting and boy was it good. Cedar is such a nice smell and taste, it just comes off as clean and crisp. The cedar had a slight char flavor too it which was nice as well! The white pepper definitely started to become more of a spicier black pepper. Still had notes of leather but not as strong anymore. The black pepper became a bit too harsh for me so I decided to go grab a 21st Amendment Brewery IPA which helped bring back some of the floral notes that I was enjoying in the first third as the IPA itself has a really nice crisp floral and hoppy flavor to it.

Final third – I want to say that I really enjoyed the final third, but unfortunately as the beer ran dry, the flavor went back to an overwhelming black pepper again which is not a favorite flavor of mine. About halfway through the final third it was smashed into the ash tray never to be smoked again.

I have to say, the aroma of the cigar was quite nice. The smoke itself was kind of harsh on the back of my throat but it could have been me smoking it to fast.. The cut was just a straight guillotine cut again which gave it a nice open draw. Nicotine content felt rather high in this cigar, kind of gave me a bit of a head change (I’m sure the beer helped that, lol). All in all I give it a 3.75/5 leaves, well priced and a decent enough cigar. Until next time!

– Zack

First blog – Kristoff Kristania Maduro 5.5×60

Hey guys, Zack here! Please excuse any grammatical errors and run on sentences; I am not an English professor. So a little background on me, I have had depression and anxiety for the large majority of my life and I still do. I was turned towards cigars by my fiancĂ©e’s dad about a year ago. I have to say, as an avid gamer, I used to use the alternate reality’s of games as an escape from my problems but once the monitor was off, they just came back to me. Cigars have been almost therapeutic for me though because I am able to really think about things that are bothering me and I can also focus on the outside surroundings and the cigar itself.

Anything I say in these blogs I want you all to take it with a grain of salt. I am still learning a lot every day when it comes to cigars. There are so many different brands that are good and bad. Also there can be very complex cigars like the one I am going to review or they can be very one-dimensional like other cigars that I have had. But just because a cigar can be one-dimensional, does not mean that it is bad!

Just as most people do I will break the cigar down into thirds -first, second and third. I want this blog to be about more than just cigars though, I will be sharing my initial thoughts and ending thoughts along with the atmosphere in which I smoked the stoagie and any pairings I had with it. On to the cigar…

Initial thoughts were that it was constructed very well! Wrapped nicely and no visible, large veins in the outer wrapper. The head of the cigar has a nice sweetness to it but also earthy so I relate it to that of a raisin. The band of the cigar has a nice minimalistic and dark color to it which I also enjoyed.

Cold draw and First third were very nice if I might say so myself. So the cold draw was very open which could also be because of my cut which was an straight cut with a guillotine cutter. The cold draw flavor was almost grape like but leaning more towards wine. The first third when I lit it, wasn’t the most complex third but still more complex than the final third. I kept getting a molasses/raisin flavor and some spicy qualities at first which I attributed to white pepper. The longer I worked on the first third, it became more clear that I was tasting cardamom and clove kind of like a nice chai tea.

The cigar got really fun during its second third. The first part of the second was a nice bitterness like espresso but also more cardamom heavy. As I got further into, I started to notice a dark chocolate flavor and then that turned into a black cherry flavor. I was drinking a diet cola with this cigar which changed that cherry/dark chocolate flavor into those tasty maraschino chocolate covered cherries. It was very tantalizing to my tastebuds as I haven’t been able to usually discern flavors like this before!

The final third is going to be a short description because then it becomes one-dimensional for me. All I got from it was strong black pepper and a hint of that chocolate covered cherries. Way more pepper though and it became overwhelming to my senses and not as enjoyable to continue smoking so I had to put it out halfway thru the last third.

Overall, the cigar was really nice. It was priced at about $7 at my local B&M which I believe to be a fair price for the cigar. The nicotine strength kind of snook up on me and knocked me over a bit towards the final third but it wasn’t terrible. The weather was a nice high 70’s to low 80’s with a wonderful breeze. I give this stick a 4/5 leaves.

Apologies for the long first read, I will try to formulate my thoughts about cigars a bit better in the future and I hope you were able to take something away from this blog!

– Zack