ILLUSIONE OneOff Cigar Review | LeeMack912 Episode
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Originally launched in the early 2000s by Andrea Molinari, who operated the Cigair lounge and restaurant in Milan, Italy. OneOff was born out of an attempt to get a cigar brand of his own made in Cuba. After exhausting seemingly every possible avenue, Molinari eventually turned his attention elsewhere, eventually connecting with the Plasencia family to create his cigar at the Segovia Cigars S.A. factory—now known as Plasencia Cigars S.A.—in Nicaragua.
From its launch until 2004, U.S. distribution of the line was handled by Felipe Gregorio Cigars Inc., until it was transferred to Paul Giacalone in 2004. Eventually, the line would end up in the hands of Cuban Crafters, the Miami-based retailer also known for its humidors and cutters, before being acquired by its current owner, Dion Giolito of Illusione.
Giolito purchased the line from Cuban Crafters in 2017, though he also tried to acquire the trademark in 2011 before ultimately abandoning that particular effort.
While the relaunched OneOff line will still be made at Nicaragua, it now comes out of the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory, using all Nicaragua-grown tobacco from AGANORSA. Giolito knew Molinari “on occasion” and said he understood his vision for the cigar, which formed the basis for the relaunch of the brand. “I took that same ideology, or the spirit of what he wanted to create,” said Giolito, adding that he was able to add his fingerprint to the relaunched brand based on the tobaccos available to him.
It is returning in eight sizes, seven of which began shipping in early June as part of a pre-pack offer of three boxes of each of the eight sizes, meaning the initial total production would number 120,000 cigars, though it is ultimately a regular production offering.
OneOff Canonazo (6 1/8 x 52) — $16.95 (Boxes of 10, $169.50)
OneOff Cartuchos (3 7/8 x 52) — $11.95 (Boxes of 10, $119.50)
OneOff Corona (5 1/2 x 42) — $12.95 (Boxes of 10, $129.50)
OneOff Corona Gorda (5 3/8 x 46) — $14.95 (Boxes of 10, $149.50)
OneOff Julieta (7 x 47) — $17.95 (Boxes of 10, $179.50)
OneOff Pyramides (6 1/8 x 52) — $16.95 (Boxes of 10, $169.50)
OneOff Robusto (4 7/8 x 50) — $14.95 (Boxes of 10, $149.50)
OneOff +53 Super Robusto (5 3/4 x 48) — $30 (Boxes of 10, $300)
At the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Giolito said that +53 Super Robusto is “a little different” than the others, though declined to go into any specifics. Shipping for that size is slated to begin in August.
Cigar Reviewed: OneOff Corona Gorda
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
Length: 5 3/8 Inches
Ring Gauge: 46
Vitola: Corona Gorda
MSRP: $14.95 (Boxes of 10, $149.50)
Release Date: June 2018
Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production