The “Original Documents” (the original releases from Illusione) are a great balance of superb flavors and construction. Everything from this line, including the Illusione ~88~, was rated 90 and above in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. Illusione approached the palate with notes of leather, black cherry, earth and finishes with its signature olfactory floral sweetness. This is a cigar that you need in your daily rotation.
Candela 88 starts very spicy but soon settles down with mellow-medium bodied smoke that is exceptional smooth and loaded with cocoa, cedar, caramel, and a special honey-like flavor imparted from the rare top-shelf Candela leaf. Beneath the leaf is a core of vintage Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99 long filler and binder tobaccos that have been expertly aged to temper the tones.