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Illusione Nostros

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

The Nostros is a collaboration between Illusione and Drew Estates. You may know Drew Estates as the maker of the infused Acid cigars. This time around, they went with a more traditional blend with no additives. I am a fan of most of the Illusione lines, so I thought this would definitely be worth trying. I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Corojo 99

Binder: Connecticut Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper looked nice, with barely any flaws and small veins. The smell of the wrapper was cedar and sweet earthiness. Overall the cigar was well packed, with a few soft and hard spots here and there. The pre-light draw had a slight resistance, which was just about perfect. The taste of the pre-light draw was interesting and unique. It was woody with almost a fruity type flavor combined with natural tobacco.

The burn required a few minor corrections, and the ash held for just about an inch.



The first third was easy and had a nice peppery punch. Wood was the dominant flavor, and slight sweet and earthy notes lingered in the background.


The second third seemed to open up a bit and felt richer (for lack of a better word). That nice pepper was still there and noticeable when passing smoke through the nose. An chocolaty type of sweetness was very noticeable, but wood was still the most dominant flavor.


The pepper mellowed out a little in the last third and became more of a sweet spice. The overall flavor profile was sweet and mocha-ish. Woodiness was up next, and occasionally earthy notes would appear. The smoke coated the inside of the mouth and lingered for a nice aftertaste. Throughout this cigar, smoke volume had been plentiful.



This was a good medium bodied cigar. It didn’t wow me, and the $8.00 price tag is a little steep. But in the end it was an enjoyable, slow burning, and relaxing. I think it is worth picking up a five pack and judging for yourself. Not a bad cigar.

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