The Illusione Cigars f9 is an extremely beautiful cigar. Its dark and oily wrapper is as smooth as they come and once you lay your eyes on one of these, you won't be able to leave it alone. Well, that's ok really since this cigar is ment to be smoked!
The f9 is also as close to a Cuban cigar as a non-Cuban can be. It has a similar range of full flavors and a medium to full body. From the very beginning, once you light the f9 up, you are faced by a strong tobacco flavor. The heavenly tobacco flavor is the very soul of this cigar. It turns your tongue and rattles your brain as you let the smoke play in your mouth and nose.
As the flavors develope, distinct features of spices and leather can be found . Towards the end, all these flavors revolve closely around the core tobacco flavor creating slight hints of sweetness and licorice even. The finish is a lingering taste of sweet tobacco.
After all this hype about the flavors, I think it is quite meaningless to mention, that the draw and burn were close to perfect and that the f9 created a beautiful light grey ash and white smoke.
By all these features the f9 earns a spot in my top ten as the highest ranked non-Cuban cigar to date.
Aroma 9/10 (8,9,9)
TOTAL POINTS 91/100