Size: 7 x 46
Price: $12.85 MSRP ($12.00 from Small Batch Cigar. $10.80 after Katman10 Discount)
Today we take a look at the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix.
The cigar was released in December, 2013. Rose Croix means “Pink Rose.”
Only 15 count 900 boxes were released.
From Illusione’s web site:
“Singularé’ is an annual, Limited Edition cigar that changes in both size and blend each year. Each year, Dion Giolito scours bales of tobacco along with the farmers each year and picks a particular leaf component to blend around. These tobaccos are often times very rare and can only make a small run given the particular farm, lot and priming selected. Depending on yield, the yearly release can bring anywhere from around 500 to 1500 boxes to market.”
There have been four releases of the Singularé: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
I hear you moaning and groaning over the price. It isn’t cheap. But even cheap Uncle Katman always springs for one out of the park 5 pack each month. This month, it was the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix. And here your benevolent reviewer is literally wasting one in order to give you a heads up about whether this cigar is worth $12.(Or $10.80 from SBC)
Shame, shame, shame. It is quite the burden to be able to read minds.
The cigar’s wrapper is gorgeous. A marbled brown with an oily and toothy texture. The triple cap is perfection. Seams are tight but vary from one stick to another. Lots of small veins. And a departure from the norm on the cigar band: White background with almost chrome lettering. The stick is extremely heavy in the hand so it must be jam packed, mama.
There is a black “EL” on one side of the band indicating it is an Edición Limited.
I clip the cap and find aromas of fruity goodness, spice, ginger, black cherry, cinnamon, and sweet cedar. I really sniff the hell out of the shaft and foot and discover a hint of cocoa. The spiciness is very apparent as it makes me sneeze and my eyes water.
Time to light up.
The first puffs are sweet with a bang of spiciness. The draw is spectacular as the room fills with smoke. The rich earthiness is a major flavor unto itself. A slight hint of creaminess is just below the surface.
In other words, this cigar starts off with a bang. None of that waiting until the last third to find the sweet spot baloney.
More flavors exhibit themselves: Ginger, the spiciness is now most definitely red pepper, and leather.
The strength is medium/full right out of the gate. But the cigar provides a very smooth access point for the quickly moving strength.
I find it very disturbing when I cannot get the right photos. No sunlight. Too much sunlight. And the bane of my existence in one cigar: White cigar band with bright silver lettering. Just totally washes out. Maybe for my 70th birthday someone will buy me a decent camera. Even smart phones take better photos. Sorry, Jews whine. But I’m done now.
The spice is so potent that it nearly steals away the other flavors. This is a bombardment of pepper.
Cocoa begins to show itself in a broader stroke. It brings out the creaminess. The fruitiness is not only black cherry but peaches as well. Dried peaches. And after burning only 1” of the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix, it becomes an official flavor bomb. That’s what I expect from a $12 cigar. No fucking around.
The char line is a bit wavy but that is because I didn’t give it enough humidor time. Patience is not my virtue. But the extensive dry boxing, the age of the cigar, and the nature of the tobacco make it ready to smoke in less than a week. More time is good too. But if you have no patience like me, I always like to smoke one cigar in that first week. It tells me everything.
The cigar hits the complexity mark now. Graham cracker and sweet butter enter stage right. This is an outstanding cigar. I have a Top 25 List and I may have to dislodge one of the cigars so as to replace it with the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix.
The strength backs down. It is now classic medium instead of medium/full.
Dion Giolito picked the perfect size for this blend. It is just oozing flavor. As I close in on the second third, I cannot find a single criticism of the blend or construction.
Finally, I get the perfect sun/shade ratio for my cigar photos.
This cigar is so good, that The Collective from Cigar Federation may just lose its top ranking in my Top 25 cigar list. This is the best cigar I’ve smoked in ages.
I don’t know how many 5 packs or boxes of 15 Small Batch still carries, but I would put this at the top of your list when you decide to spend a bunch of money on a 5 pack. This is THE cigar.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, spice, black cherry, cocoa, graham cracker, sweetness, dried peaches, sweet cedar, sweet butter, leather, and ginger.
A spectacular cigar. Manny Mota!
It has the strongest flavor profile since The Collective. And remember, this is after only 48 hours of dry boxing and a few days in the humidor.
I am nearing the halfway point. I want this cigar to burn for another 2 hours. But I have invested an hour and will probably only get another hour at the most from it. Thank goodness, the cigar is jam packed and burns slowly.
The price? Worth every dime. I might beg the old woman to let me buy another 5 pack before they are gone. This is the best investment you will make in a cigar this year.
I am dead center at the halfway mark. Flavors, and their order, have not changed an iota. It is perfect the way it is.
I can only imagine what the last third will be like.
Remember, if you choose to buy this cigar, use the coupon code Katman10 for your 10% discount. It lets Small Batch Cigar know that one of my readers bought it.
Cocoa becomes much stronger now. Time for a Diet Coke.
And don’t forget the two contests I am running courtesy of Stogie Boys. The door to entering the contests is on my home page.
The last third begins. The stick is very mellow even though the strength is medium/full. It is so smooth.
I take a swig of my Diet Coke and my palate is awash with the flavors of a chocolate soda. I can taste the vanilla ice cream.
In fact, vanilla, is a new flavor.
Mint piles on the rest of the flavors. Now we have a mint julep.
The nicotine becomes stronger. My motor skills will suffer for it.
It tastes nothing like the rest of Giolito’s blends. This is not the Illusione you are used to.
The last bit of the cigar turns to full bodied. But the nicotine turns out not to be as bad as I expected.
I’d be hard pressed to afford a more expensive cigar but if it were to cost a couple bucks more, it would still be worth it. This is an experience. Not just a cigar to while away your time.
I know the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix is expensive. But it is a brilliant blend.
Note: Tomorrow, I will be reviewing a more affordable cigar: Caldwell Cigar Co. Murcias
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