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Cigar Review: Illusione Fume D’Amour

Fume D’Amour, “Smoke of Love,” is the latest release from Dion Giolito and Illusione Cigars.  This line was released at the 2014 IPCPR as a new core line to the brand.  The cigar is made at the TABSA factory of Casa Fernandez fame.  This is a change for Illusione which were formerly produced in Honduras.  This cigar has been produced using only viso and seco leafs, a lower priming on the tobacco plant, and no ligero at all.  This cigar is supposed to bring enough balance of strength while still producing ample flavors.

The Fume D’Amour


Vitolas: The Fume D’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.  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.  For this review I smoked the Viejo size.

Blend: Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Appearance:  The Fume D’Amour is a beautiful cigar that catches the eye for sure.  The wrapper is a medium brown with just a hint of red.  The cigar is very well constructed and rolled, no imperfections are noted at all.  The band is a very traditional one featuring a cream colored oval with “Fume D’Amour” surrounded by red and gold.

Pre-Light: The Fume D’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 D’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.  The retrohale of the Fume D’Amour produced a nice cedar note with some of the sweetness as well.  Toward the end of the first third I notice the flavor profile becoming slightly salty, a salted caramel sweetness almost.

Great burn in the first third


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.  The pepper begins to really fade out fast in the second third, a slight floral note begins to come into the mix.

Last Third:  The last third was much the same as the second, more floral notes and less pepper.  The flavors were well balanced with the strength making for an enjoyable finish to this cigar.

Construction:  The construction on the Fume D’Amour was superb, there were no defects and the draw was great.  This cigar smoked like an ultra premium cigar.

Burn:  The burn of the Fume D’Amour was once again a reflection of the amazing construction, there no touch ups needed and the burn was straight throughout.

Great cigar through the end


Final Assessment:  The Fume D’ Amour provided a great smoking experience.  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.  This cigar was one that left me wanting more, I will be adding this cigar into my rotation and smoking several more!

-Brandon K.


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  1. Peter Brown

    The draw, burn and construction are excellent of this cigar. I just loved it.

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