Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa) Criollo ’98, Nicaraguan (Estelí) Corojo ‘99
Size: 5.5 x 54 “Double Robusto”
Price: $13.00 MSRP
Today we take a look at the Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki.
30,000 cigars were released in the fall of 2014.
The cigars were manufactured at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
Anunnaki refers to a group of gods in ancient Mesopotamia.
From the Illusione 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.”
An interesting point is that there was no 2011 blend. It was later released in 2012 and called the 2011. A second 2012 blend was released and it was called the 2012 version. Both versions seemed to be the same in blend but, obviously, were not. And both were at the $11.00 price range. And both were 6 x 52.
The very first Singularé was born in 2010. And there has been one ever since. Each year changing.
I got my 2014 version at Cigar Federation for $12.35 and then with my membership 10% off = $11.12. Big savings.
Someone snapped the whip at the factory because only two rollers put out this blend.
And the Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 wrapper is the same used as the Epernay line.
Naturally, Anunnaki refers to a coffee clatch of gods from ancient Mesopotamia.
The Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki looks like a stick of dynamite. It has an oily sheen on that tawny light brown wrapper. Seams are visible and loads of veins. Rustic looking. The triple cap is expertly applied. The stick is smooth in some areas and toothy in others. The wrapper is very thin, delicate, and fragile.
I clip the cap and find aromas of lemon citrus, cinnamon, sweetness, and nicely done floral notes. Some vegetal and herbal notes creep in.
Time to light up.
Lovely flavors of cream, coffee, floral notes, honey, orange citrus, cedar and leather.
And the light switch is flipped and big dose of pepper smacks me in the puss. The draw is perfect as smoke fills the room.
The creaminess and orange remind me of an Orange Creamsicle. Remembering running into the shade after purchasing it from the ice cream truck in the heat of summer so the whole thing didn’t implode on you?
I get my first wrapper crack near the foot.
Roasted nuts appear. There is a savory factor to counter balance the sweetness.
The Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki is a smooth roller coaster ride.
The black pepper clears my sinuses.
Here are the flavors at the 1” mark: Creaminess, pepper, coffee, orange citrus, honey, floral notes, cedar, leather, earthy tobacco, and some smokiness to complete the savory thing.
Another crack forms between the cap and foot. I’m getting bummed out here.
I really don’t know what damage is done in shipping. Any time I open a package of cigars, they are literally frozen. That can’t be good. Shippers are not insulating the packing good enough. Those inflated bubbles are useless. Some stores are smart and used crumpled brown wrapping paper. I have much less trouble with those cigars.
The Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki is impressive. Any time a cigar blend flies out of the starting gate like this, one knows it will be a winner. And to be quite honest, that’s what I expect from a double digit $$ cigar.
I schmear some cigar glue on the offending crack in the wrapper hoping to stop its spread because it has begun to travel.
I bought two for review. The first one I smoked completely came apart in the first 10 minutes. I let this cigar sit for several days hoping that would help. I’ve never really read anything that instructs you what to do after receiving frozen cigars in the mail.
The Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki is screaming laughter at this point. Flavors are just perfect. I know I get a lot of ribbing because I fawn over cigars. I’ve tried to cease and desist using the term flavor bomb lately. But the truth is I have a finely developed palate and can taste things other palates don’t. And what’s wrong with showing favorable emotion when any really good cigar comes across my palate? Why does a review have to be dry? I’ve smoked cigars for 47 years. The kids criticizing me have been smoking for what? 5-10 years? I get to read the cigar forums and what the kids have to say about me. I’m a joke because of my enthusiasm. And my ability to root out exotic flavors. Who cares. Maybe after they’ve smoked cigars for nearly 50 years, they will have a palate like mine.
That damn crack is traveling and not a thing I can do.
The second third begins.
The strength moves to medium/full.
It dawned on me that as I ready myself for a new start in the world of playing music, I no longer have a tuner. They have gone from analog to digital. So yesterday, I picked up something pretty cool. Snark. You clip it to the headstock of your bass or guitar and the vibrations pick up how far out of tune you might be. The display can be turned any which way so the audience need not see it. Very cool.
Here are the flavors, including some new ones: Spice, creaminess, coffee, orange citrus, ginger, floral notes, herbal notes, leather, cedar, honey, smokiness, earthiness, and some exotic spice.
A dynamite cigar.
The price point. $13.00. Wow. Is there no end to this? Yeah, I got a discount making the cigar $11.00. This is a really good blend that puts a really big smile on my puss. But it ain’t worth $13. This is in the category of rare and hard to find cigars. This blend should be in the $9 range…at the most.
For $13, I want a blow job from Dion Giolito as well. (Not really).
The char line goes AWOL on me. Mainly due to it is now burning through the cracked wrapper. Fortunately, it hasn’t traveled any further.
I don’t care what anyone says. This is a flavor bomb kitchen sink blend.
I reach the halfway point.
The orange citrus and creaminess are really hitting it off. They have fallen in love with each other. There is fruitiness but the orange element is so strong that it overwhelms the frailty of the other component. I’ll get it.
The cigar band is a real bitch to photograph with its white background and chrome lettering. So I’m not taking as many photos as I usually do. It’s taking me a dozen photos to come up with one good one. I’m too old for this shit.
I’ve burned through all the cracks and we are just peachy now.
The last third begins.
Nuttiness shows itself. It enhances the smokiness of the blend.
Once I remove the cigar band, I’m afraid the crack will go hog wild.
The orange citrus is now a little on the heavy side. The pepper is gone. The cigar would be better served if the spiciness lasted throughout the entire smoke.
Well, here you go. Two Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki. And both had severe wrapper issues. The last review that had this problem was the LFD 707 back on Feb. 23.
I have great readers. A cigar/wine store is sending me 17 cigars just because. They are called Tulsa Hills Cigar Cellar & Market. And they don’t have an online store. Just being kind and generous readers. They arrive today.
On top of that, I’m being sent a sampler of Southern Classic Cigars. They only have a Face Book account at the moment.
And lastly, Prime Cigar Company in Milwaukee is sending me some great cigars for review. Thanks Johnny.
I reviewed the Illusione Singularé 2013 Rose Croix back on Aug. 6 of 2014 and not a single wrapper issue. Which brings up the question if the cold had anything to do with my problems today. August is a warm and humid time of the year in Wisconsin.
The last few days have been a balmy 30°. This morning, it is 3°. And my balls have retracted.
The Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki is a good cigar despite the construction issues.
It will probably do well with a couple months of humidor time.
The cigar finishes at medium/full and very smooth. No harshness or bitterness. And flavorful to the end.
Eddie Ortega has a new release called Wings for Warriors. Eddie just contacted me and told me he is sending me a sampler that goes for $29.99 on his web site. Shipping is cheap. There are five sizes:
Squid (Navy) – 6 x 52 Beli
Soldier of the Sea (Marines) – 6 x 50
Muddy Boot (Army) – 6 x 60
Fly Boy (Air Force) – 7 x 49
Coastie (Coast Guard) – 5 x 46
From the Ortega Premium Cigars web site:
“This is a 5 Cigar Sampler with 1 each of the 5 cigars in the collection of the Ortega Wings For Warriors 50 BACK program. When you purchase any of the cigars in the Brotherhood collection, Ortega Cigars donates 50% of the proceeds to the Wings For Warriors foundation. Wings for Warriors is a volunteer driven non-profit organization designed to help ensure that our combat wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans returning home, or transitioning into the realm of their disabilities are getting the adequate healthcare and financial benefits that they deserve, and should expect from their local communities this type of support and outreach. We owe them that!
“The Wings For Warriors collection are hand crafted in Santiago, Dominican Republic. They have been blended using only the finest long filler tobaccos grown in South and Central American order to achieve a perfectly blended smoke. The blends are all medium to full bodied and should appeal to a wide variety of smokers.
“Please visit and support Wings For Warriors.”
5 Ortega cigars for $30? Better step on it.
While I liked the Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki, I can’t recommend it due to the price point of $13. If you can snag it for $11, then go for it. Yeah, $2 is a big deal. Cigar Federation still has them for $12.35.
Small Batch Cigar has them in 5 packs and boxes for $9.72 with the coupon code that gets you 10% off. For less than $10, I can recommend the Illusione Singularé 2014 Anunnaki.
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