In 2017, Dion Giolito acquired two cigar brands, OneOff and Allegria. Both of these were brands created by Andre Molinari, a tobacconist who ran a La Casa del Habano in Milan, Italy. While the acquisition of OneOff was quite public, the Allegria acquisition flew under the radar until Giolito was ready to release it. At this year’s Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show; Allegria was not on display and wasn’t really talked about much, but word was the cigar would be heading to retailers this summer. This week Cigar Aficionado reported that Allegria was ready to ship.
Allegria is a Nicaraguan puro that showcases the Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 tobaccos from the Aganorsa farms. The cigar is available in five sizes: Corona, Robusto, Lonsdale, Churchill, and Gordo. Each of the five sizes is presented in 25-count boxes.
OneOff was first released by Molinari in 2001, and the Allegria line would follow in 2004. Eventually, Plasencia stopped making the cigars and Molinari would sell the brand to Cuban Crafters – which in turn was where Giolito acquired the brand.
At a glance, here is a look at the Illusione Allegria:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Agricola Ganadera Norteña S.A.
Robusto: 5 x 52
Corona: 5 1/8 x 42
Gordo: 6 x 56
Londsale: 6 1/4 x 44
Churchill: 6 3/4 x 48