Illusione Cigars
Illusione ~hl~ Holy Lance Lancero Candela

Vitola: Lancero
Length: 7.5
Gauge: 40

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Candela
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaragua
Blender/Creator: Dion Giolito
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L.
Country: Honduras
Purchase Source: Illusione Cigar Company
Date Purchased: September 28, 2019
Price: Replacement Gift
Date Smoked: February 4, 2020

Illusione ~hl~ Holy Lance Lancero Candela

Candela, Candela Lancero, Claro, Dion Giolito, HL, Holy Lance, Illusione, Lancero, Nicaraguan Claro A snip and a straight cut of the pig tailed triple cap of the Illusione ~hl~ Holy Lance Lancero Candela got me going this morning.

Since I’ve dedicated this St Patrick’s week to smoking candela wrapped cigars, I’m about to come to the conclusion that there’s a slight sweetness in this cigar that I’ve been tasting. Though not over powering… there seems to always be a breath of sweetness with the first few puffs and up to the halfway point. Today is no different.

First flavors at the beginning are slightly sweet earthy tobacco, oak, and black pepper. The retrohale offers these flavors with a nice well-rounded black pepper spice that makes for a lasting finish.

At the second third, black pepper flavors take over making way for a fuller bodied smoke. This is not you typical candela… uniquely; I think this is typical for pretty much anything Dion blends…. “Not Typical”

At the final third, black pepper and leather take over along with the strength ramping up. The spice on the retrohale now tastes like that of white pepper.

Overall, this was a great lengthy smoke lasting two-hours now and I’m just now approaching the nub.

I purchased a few of these to smoke throughout the year with enough to bring back for next year’s Lancero February and this should be a staple for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

On the second day of Lancero February, I’ll be smoking for the first time today the Illusione ~hl~ Holy Lance Lancero Candela.

Once lit, I quickly receive slightly sweet earthy tobacco with a touch of black pepper on my first few puffs. The retrohale is smooth and only “slightly” grassy; not enough to distract from typical Illusione flavors that I’ve come to enjoy and look forward to.

This is an elegant Smoking cigar! I am enjoying a leisurely time experiencing this excellent cigar.

Almost to the halfway point, the core earthy tobacco flavor is still keeping me company with the black pepper flavors ramping up in a delicious way. The retrohale is an accurate reflection of these flavors with very little spice if any at all.

I’m digging this cigar in a huge way. I’m pretty sure I’ll be smoking more of these before Lancero February 2021.

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

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