Illusione Cigars
Illusione Cigares Prive San Andres Maduro BP Toro

Vitola: Toro (BP)
Length: 5.5
Gauge: 56

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo
Filler: Nicaragua
Blender/Creator: Dion Giolito
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source:
Date Purchased: May 29, 2020
Price: $6.00
Date Smoked: July 23, 2020
Quantity: 3

Illusione Cigares Prive San Andres Maduro BP Toro

COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 123: 2.5-Mile Cigar
Truth be told, I had smoked the Illusione Ultra OP No. 9 (Toro) the other day and really enjoyed it… so much so that I had convinced myself that these two; the Cigares Prive San Andres Maduro and the Ultra OP and another (the Cigares Prive Corojo blend) were similar in their collective smoking experiences, so I had to smoke this to vet my thinking.

As the Ultra OP was deeper and richer in tobacco flavors than both the two Cigares Prives (Corojo and Maduro), I wanted to see how the Cigares Prive Maduro stacked up… and I was very happy I tried it. As you would expect, the Maduro blend was just as much of an uptick in body and flavor as the Ultra was to the Cigares Prive line.

Bottom-Line… I like all three of these and I’ll be sure to be smoking more of them!

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 90: 2.5-Mile Cigar
Box-Pressed, BP Toro, Cigares Privé, Dion Giolito, Illusione Cigars, Illusione Cigars Privé, Maduro, Nicaragua, San Andres Today was my first time with this Illusione cigar today and I’m glad I was able to make it happen.

Lately, I’ve been becoming more and more enamored with Illusione cigars; the Corojo version of the Cigares Prive series was Love at first puff, so I thought I’d try this San Andres Maduro version and Voilà! Another winner.

This is on the milder side of Maduro cigars as I was discussing with Jeff Martinez at Sellwood Cigar but with the same mouth-feel and smoking experience as it’s Corojo sister… I’m in and I’m a fan… give me more!

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

The Experience

Ash: Consistent
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Wood
Strength: Mild/Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Complex
Value: Good
Overall Rating (1-5): 4

The Cigar

Chocolate: 1
Coffee: 1
Cream: 1
Earthy: 1
Grass/Hay: 1
Leather: 1
Pepper: 1