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The People’s Review: This review is an Illusione!

Posted by thepeoplechamp82 on July 20, 2010

Greetings B/SOTLs The Champ is back again with another review for your reading pleasure!  This week’s review is a cigar I picked up at W. Curtis Drapers recently that I wanted to try: The Illusione Epernay.  Today I’m reviewing the Le Ferm size, which is a toro size.  Some background on this cigar (according to “This blend originally debuted in 2008 through the ECCJ 15th Limited release.”  Check out the specs on this Nicaraguan puro:

Vitola: 5 1/4″ x 48
Binder: Combination of Nicaraguan Criollo & Corojo
Filler: Same as the Binder
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cafe Rosado coverleaf
Strength: Medium

Ok enough talking…let’s get smoking!

Construction and Pre-light

This cigar has a very smooth wrapper with a couple of veins running up the cigar.  I don’t anticipate any burn issues even with the veins present.  The cigar is packed very well upon inspection and there are no soft spots so no worries about tunneling.  Give the cap a snip and test the draw and the draw is good with a little bit of resistance.  The cold draw flavors are a mix of sweetness with some earthy notes.  I can’t wait to get this lit up!


Right off the bat I’m getting a nice mixture of subtle earth tones with honey and chocolate plus a very good amount of spice as well.  The spice is noticeable on the retrohale along with the sweet honey flavor.  Nice balance of flavors on the finish; almost resembles a graham cracker with a sort of peppery kick.  I’m getting a very pleasant Potpourri-like aroma which would explain the floral earth tones I’m tasting in the smoke.  So far, the cigar is medium-to-full flavored and medium strength.  Construction is fairly good so far: semi-even burn with a greyish white solid ash holding pretty well.  Just a side note: you gotta love random people walking by rapping loudly or little girls cussing about something…only in SE DC!!  But as always I digress so let’s make the transition!

Halfway Point

Moving onto the halfway point and the spice as faded.  Now I’m getting some hints of coffee mixed with some floral notes (very nice!).  I lost some of the honey flavor on the pallet but can still catch it on the retrohale.  Ahh snap here comes the entertainment rolling by: the neighborhood drunk and his “special” girlfriend just walked by cussing each other out!  They’re always good for a laugh LOL but back to the matter at hand…still working with a good draw yet the ash is a bit flaky and crooked but not affecting the smoke.  Now I’m getting a mix of coffee and honey-infused bourbon along with the floral notes.  So far, this cigar is very pleasant and enjoyable…let’s see if it can finish strong!

Final Stretch

Coming down to the end here and the coffee notes are really starting to kick up a notch while the floral notes are moving towards the back of the pallet.  Construction continues to work in my favor with a nice solid ash and a perfect burn with no flaky ash!  Starting to notice a bit of a toasty flavor kicking in that I didn’t experience before (mixing in very well).  Getting a minimal amount of spice on the retrohale mixing in with the coffee, floral and burnt notes and the strength remained medium throughout and also was a very smooth smoke.

Verdict = WIN!! I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar all the mixture of sweet flavors mixing in with some slight bold yet smooth flavors makes for an enjoyable experience smoking this cigar.  Big shoutout and thanks to Dion Giolito for creating this blend and many of the Illusione blends that are so enjoyable and affordable!  You can follow Dion on Twitter (if you aren’t already) @Vudu9.

That’s it that’s all thanks again for visiting and remember to keep lighting up those fine cigars and let the smoke take you away!  CHEERS AND ENJOY!

-D.C.’s People’s Champ

14 Responses to “The People’s Review: This review is an Illusione!”

  1. tonycasas said

    This is a hell of a cigar, and one I smoke any chance I get. I really like the “petit” but the “ferme” comes in a close second.

  2. rcaddell23 said

    Nice job bro!!!

    One of my favorite smokes Dion makes. Though I can’t wait to try the new box pressed le matin.

    Keep em’ coming Champ!

  3. CigarsThomas said

    I’ve yet to smoke a Illusione that I didn’t like…….possibly one of my top 5 cigars out is the Epernay Le Monde.

    Good Review……..still waiting for that company camera!

  4. tavale7 said

    Awesome review, one of my favorite smokes, now I gotta go get one! (And f’n LOL at random people walking by rapping loudly and little girls cussing.)

  5. HabanoHam said

    Great Review Brother! I wonder what Champagnes would pair well with this stick? I was already sold when you mentioned the graham cracker finish, I need to catch up and try one soon. You sure you aren’t smoking in Detroit? I hear and see some of the same things when I smoke at different locations in the city lol

    • thepeoplechamp82 said

      Thanks for the feedback!! Not sure about champaigns (sp) but I think either white port or bourbon with some honey flavor would pair well. And lolol Detroit and SE DC sound similar!

  6. JoseFloresJr said

    Nice review man, not surprising something Dion makes is great. Gotta add this to the list of sticks to try.

    Haha “the neighborhood drunk and his “special” girlfriend” What I love about your guys site, everything is real and entertaining just as if you are talking to a fellow cigar smoker, it’s not so serious and business like all the time.

    Keep up the great work guys.

  7. Solid review homie. I have an Epernay in the humidor that I’m itchin to get into.

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  9. ZRJohn said

    Good post!!

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