One of the announcements made by Illusione Cigars at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show was a line extension to the Illusione Cruzado line. The Illusione Cruzado adds a toro-sized vitola measuring 6 1/4 x 52. This becomes the seventh vitola released in this format. This cigar has now begun to surface at some retailers nationwide.
The packaging of the Illusione Cruzado Marelas Supremas cigar is interesting. It sort of is reminicent to the Bolivar Gold Medal and E.P. Carrillo Medalla D’Oro. Like those cigars the Marelas Supremas has gold foil on the top half of that cigar with the band just below the foil (the foil is a little longer on the Marelas Supremas). While this is not the first Cruzado to use gold foil, it is the first one to have the foil in this style.
At a glance, here is a look at the Illusione Cruzado line:
The Illusione Cruzado line is a Nicaraguan puro. It is similar to the Illusione core line (Original Documents). A key difference is the Illusione core line goes heavier on the Corojo while the Cruzado goes heavier on the Criollo. The Cruzado also uses a Criollo wrapper. Within the blend, there is also a component of Corojo 2006. Finally for the Cruzado, the ligero that was in the Illusione core blend was replaced by viso leaves.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Rosado
The vitola of the Illusione Cruzado Marelas Supremas is considered to be a “Toro 109”. The cigars are packaged 20 per box.
Marelas Supremas: 6 1/4 x 52
Avalitos: 4 x 46
Dantes: 4 x 48
Marelas: 5 5/8 x 46 (perfecto – discontinuad)
Domenicos: 5 5/8 x 56
Marios: 7 x 47
Domenicos Extra: 6 x 56