Review: Illusione Epernay Reddit CoTM (Dec 2012)

This is my review of the Illusione Epernay Le Monde (6.25 x 52) which was Reddit /r/cigars December cigar of the month.​  This cigar was generously bombed to me from LostAbbott while I was visting Seattle for an NFL football game. 

Nose:

I picked up barnyard and cedar.  The nose was quite subtle.​

Construction:

The Epernay is solidly constructed.  Unfortunately in the travels back home the foot was damaged a bit in transport. The band is white with a dull gold edging.  ​

Flavor:

First

This was a pleasant combination of spice and chocolate.  Neither flavor was too strong or overpowered the other.  I picked up some coffee at the back of my throat on exhale.  A few minutes in and some sweet creaminess started to break through.  After about 20 minutes in just before it moves into the middle I'm already thinking I need to pick up a box of these.​

Middle

The middle starts out quite earthy.  The strength of this cigar is starting to take hold.  The spice comes back in the middle third but it's more of a background note than anything.  Overall I enjoyed the first third much more than the second third.  Not a lot of flavor complexity here.​

Final

​The last third is a combination of earth, spice and the coffee that barely present in the first third.  After about 10-15 minutes a nice rich tobacco sweetness.

Burn/Draw:

​A nice even burn from start to finish.  Draw hit that sweet spot.  Total smoking time was almost exactly 2 hours 15 minutes.

Value:

A single Illusione Epernay Le Monde ranges from $8 - $11, 5 packs around $55 and come in boxes of 50 for $362.  ​ At the lower end of the price point this represents a good value.

Final Word:

​The Illusione Epernay is not a 'blow you away' cigar but very tasty.  The highlights for me were the first and last thirds.  I'll be picking up a 10-pack of these on my next order and I'd definitely suggest you pick up a few to try yourself.

 

 
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