Illusione Cigars
Illusione Mj12 Toro Gordo

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6.0
Gauge: 54

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cafe Colorado
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo
Blender/Creator: Dion Giolito
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. factory in Honduras
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Timber Valley Tobacco
Date Purchased: May 1, 2018
Price: 10.50
Date Smoked: December 1, 2020

Illusione Mj12 Toro Gordo

COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 255: 4.5-Mile Cigar
 ~88~, Café Colorado, Dion Giliotto, Grade One, Illusione, Mj12, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan, Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo, Original Documents, Toro Gordo Well, it was a Magical Mystery Tour (Cigar Walk) with this Mj12 in Toro Gordo by Illusione Cigars following the inspiration of Mr. A.J. Costa aka @MrAJCosta today.

The weather was cooperating this morning although as I typed this, the temperature outside was a frosty 21°F (-6.1°C) Brrrr… So I knew I’d be at a rapid walking pace until I got warmed up for this 4.5-Mile Cigar Walk to make up for all the rained out treks last week.

It appears that 2020 is my year to fully embrace the Illusione Brand and the line of cigars that Dion Giolito offers. Hmmm, I also have become enamored with Aganorsa Leaf Tobacco and their offerings too… I wonder if that’s a coincidence… or I wonder if some “other-worldly” influences are in effect?

I’m a fan! I love these cigars!

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 168: 4.5-Mile Cigar

COVID-19 Cigar Walk, Day 45: 4.5-Mile Cigar
Café Colorado, Dion Giliotto, Grade One, Illusione, Mj12, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan, Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo, Toro Gordo If I had my way, I’d be smoking an Illusione Mj12 every day! I love this cigar!

This firmly packed 6.0″ x 54 Toro was a beast of a cigar that lasted well into 4.5-Miles of my Cigar-Walk this morning. Everything about this experience was wonderful… perfect draw, nice feel in the hand while walking… and outstanding tobacco flavors that kept me company all the way. I knew I only had to bring this one cigar with me today.

I just purchased a few of these to have some in the TupperDor, but I think I better pursue a Box Purchase soon. These Illusione Mj12s are delicious!

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill
Stay Healthy
Stay Sane
Be Wise


Café Colorado, Grade One, Illusione, Mj12, Nicaraguan, Toro GordoWhat a marvelous cigar!

Today’s Illusione MJ12 cigar delivered creamy coffee and cocoa right from the first puff. After 20-minutes malt flavors join the party nearing the second third… #SakamotoHappy I think I’m down to my last two, so I better plan on restocking these soon.

As I’ve mentioned previously, this is a long smoke so be prepared to relax for a while and enjoy this. An hour and 20 minutes later (this is a slow and leisurely smoke) and I’m still luxuriating with this awesome cigar.

Now leave me alone.

What a treat it was smoking the Illusione MJ12 today.

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill


 Cafe Colorado, Grade One, Illusione, Mj12, Nicaraguan, Toro GordoIt’s only fitting that I should smoke this again on the 2-month anniversary of my last time smoking the “Auspicious” Illusione MJ12. From my last notes, I can’t wait to blaze this again.


In a Word


This is a large cigar, so be prepared to spend some time with her. I had planned to do some reading while I got reacquainted with the Illusione MJ12 today.

I settled in comfortably for a two-hour smoke that eventually didn’t disappoint. It took a bit for the MJ12 to heat up (mid-first-thrid) before I started to welcome flavors that I can only describe as “Malty-Chocolate-Tea”, and I’m diggin’ it.

By the halfway point… Ahhh, everything came together wonderfully and I was happy as a kid with a chocolate bar because that is what this is starting to remind me of. I want more!


I found her again… next time I won’t wait so long to enjoy this cigar.
Stay Smokey
Stay Chill


The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Cocoa
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Complex
Value: Excellent
Overall Rating (1-5): 4

The Cigar

Chocolate: 4
Coffee: 3
Cream: 3
Earthy: 3
Grass/Hay: 1
Leather: 3
Pepper: 1