Illusione’s Allegria might have been the most quirky, unconventionally designed cigar in Illusione’s portfolio had it not been preceded by the equally quirky OneOff cigar of 2018 (which also ranked among our Top 10). This is due to the cigars’ origins, with Italian entrepreneur Andrea Molinari debuting the OneOff in 2001 and following up the line with Allegria in 2004. The brand earned itself a cult following, being an early inspiration for Illusione’s own cult-like approach. Translating to Joy or Cheerfulness from Italian, Allegria is described as a darker, higher-priming take on the OneOff blend. The cigars make use of similar Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 tobaccos from Nicaragua—as well as the same Corojo ’99 wrapper—but the leaves are selected from higher on the plant, making for a heartier take on a familiar recipe. This objective was pulled off in spectacular fashion, being dark and punchy in profile without overwhelming on the palate. The Allegria centers around root-like spices, with notable flavors of allspice and clove. Such flavors could easily cause palate fatigue, but the Allegria backs them with sugary espresso, leather, and a salty dough-like note that adds depth and keeps you coming back for more.
Illusione Allegria Breakdown
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Factory: Aganorsa Leaf (Nicaragua)
Production: Regular Production
Price: $9.20–$11.25 (MSRP)