Fume Dâ€™Amour, â€œSmoke of Love,â€ is the latest release from Dion Giolito and Illusione Cigars. Â This line was released at the 2014 IPCPR as a new core line to the brand. Â The cigar is made at the TABSA factory of Casa Fernandez fame. Â This is a change for Illusione which were formerly produced in Honduras. Â This cigar has been produced using only viso and seco leafs, a lower priming on the tobacco plant, and no ligero at all. Â This cigar is supposed to bring enough balance of strength while still producing ample flavors.
Vitolas: The Fume Dâ€™Amour comes in the following vitolas; Lagunas at 4 1/2 x 42, Clementes at 6 1/2 x 48, Viejos at 5 x 50, and Capristanos at 6 x 56. Â All vitolas but the Lagunas are available in 25ct boxes, the Lagunas comes in a 50ct cabinet. The cost per cigar ranges from $6.50-$10. Â For this review I smoked the Viejo size.
Blend: Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Appearance: Â The Fume Dâ€™Amour is a beautiful cigar that catches the eye for sure. Â The wrapper is a medium brown with just a hint of red. Â The cigar is very well constructed and rolled, no imperfections are noted at all. Â The band is a very traditional one featuring a cream colored oval with â€œFume Dâ€™Amourâ€ surrounded by red and gold.
Pre-Light: The Fume Dâ€™Amour had strong cedar notes on the wrapper and foot, the cold draw produced cedar as well but also had just a bit of earth and sweetness.
1st Third: The Fume Dâ€™Amour opens with a nice smooth coffee flavor, rich and deep. I also noticed a caramelized sugar sweetness with just a bit of black pepper. Â The retrohale of the Fume Dâ€™Amour produced a nice cedar note with some of the sweetness as well. Â Toward the end of the first third I notice the flavor profile becoming slightly salty, a salted caramel sweetness almost.
2nd Third: As I move into the second third I am still getting the salted caramel notes with some black pepper, the smoke has a creamy feel as well. Â The pepper begins to really fade out fast in the second third, a slight floral note begins to come into the mix.
Last Third: Â The last third was much the same as the second, more floral notes and less pepper. Â The flavors were well balanced with the strength making for an enjoyable finish to this cigar.
Construction: Â The construction on the Fume Dâ€™Amour was superb, there were no defects and the draw was great. Â This cigar smoked like an ultra premium cigar.
Burn: Â The burn of the Fume Dâ€™Amour was once again a reflection of the amazing construction, there no touch ups needed and the burn was straight throughout.
Final Assessment: Â The Fume Dâ€™ Amour provided a great smoking experience. Â This is a cigar that I would recomend to any newer smoker because it was smooth enough but also to the most serious cigar nerd due to the way the flavors hit the palate. Â This cigar was one that left me wanting more, I will be adding this cigar into my rotation and smoking several more!