Illusione Epernay La Elegance
Illusione Epernay cigars are made from a blend that debuted in 2008 via the European Cigar Cult Journal 15th Ltd. release. From this blend, Epernay has been made into four unique sizes with perfectly-aged Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo tobaccos exquisitely wrapped in a superior-grade Nicaraguan Café Rosado wrapper. The smoke is medium-bodied, very complex, and perfectly balanced, treating the palate to hints of coffee, honey, and floral notes. A masterpiece of a cigar! Order some now.
Kept these at 72% RH for a few weeks and now the draw is rather tight and the wrapper is unraveling at the head. Outstanding tobacco, if you can manage to figure out the proper storing conditions.
I ve been looking long and hard for a full-bodied Connecticut, and I think I ve finally found something close to it. This stogie showed strong vanilla aromatics upon lightning, with understated vanilla oak on the palate, and some bitternes on the midpalate akin to a wet Connecticut. Toward the end of the first third the strength kicked up a notch becoming medium-to-full, the bitternes vanished and cedar came out strongly on the retrohale; it then turned into a full stick past the midpoint. Showed long vanilla wood on the aftertaste. Nicotine level was medium+ overall. Burned cool to the nub, for about 50 minutes, and went out when left unattended for more than a minute. Paired nicely with a saison-sour microbrew; I can see how it would also go well with a wheat bear or with Champagne. I ll dry box my next stogie overnight -- it looks like it can handle it. A little pricey, but hey, it s still cheaper than a Davidoff! 93 points