Review of Illusione Fume D'Amour Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
The Illusione Fume D'Amour Clementes (6½ x 48) was ranked the Number 3 cigar in world for 2014 by Cigar Aficionado. In addition, the Juniperos vitola (7½ x 40) was rated 91 in the November/December 2019 issue of the magazine. These cigars are Nicaraguan puros and do not contain any ligero tobacco. This review covers the Clementes cigar, which is priced just under $11 per single, and as low as $9.50 (on average) if purchased in a 5-pack.
The Fume D'Amour (Smoke of Love) Clementes cigar began with a very pleasant and naturally sweet tobacco flavor, with a nice nutty taste joining in after the first few puffs. The cigar was medium bodied, but moved up near the top of that range after 20 minutes or so, when the cigar also became more mellow and less sweet. After another 20 minutes at around the 40-minute mark, the cigar's flavors began to fade and become less enjoyable. After another 20 minutes, the taste was becoming bland, as the flavor gradually deteriorated even further during the final 20 minutes.
It took me 80 minutes to smoke the Fume D'Amour Clementes cigar down to 2¾ inches remaining, when the cigar went out by itself (for the third time). The cigar had a very good draw and even burn, but barely held a medium-to-long ash, which dropped off by itself. Although the cigar did not require any touch-up lights, a couple of relights were needed at about the 40 and 60-minute marks.I enjoyed the first half of the Illusione Fume D'Amour Clementes, but the cigar started to become less enjoyable beyond that point. What began as a 4-point cigar during the first 40 minutes eventually declined to 3.5 points during the next 20 minutes, then down to 3 points during the final 20 minutes. For the entire 80-minute smoke, I rate the cigar with 3.5 points on a 5-point scale.