Epernay is a line of Illusione cigars by Dion Giolito that are made with Nicaraguan tobaccos. The filler
is a blend of Corojo and Criollo tobacco, and the wrapper
is a Cafe Rosado leaf. The Le Ferm size
that I sampled for this review measures 5¼ inches in length with a ring gauge
of 48. The "Epernay" line of cigars was named after a town located in the Champagne region of France. An Epernay cigar in the Le Matin (6 1/2 x 46) size was rated #7 by Cigar Aficionado
Illusione Epernay is a medium bodied cigar that began with the taste of subtle spice, which gradually evolved into a very pleasant smooth and creamy smoke during the first 15 minutes. After an additional 15 minutes, the notes of spice had faded a bit, and the smoke became even more creamy and buttery. At the 45-minute mark, I thought that I detected a hint of caramel. The cigar was very well balanced and enjoyable all the way down to the last puff.
Draw and Construction
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The Illusione Epernay Le Ferm was well made and had a good draw, but the cigar needed a couple of touch-up lights to keep the burn even. No relights were needed, and the cigar held a medium-to-long ash. It took me a full hour to smoke the cigar down to 1½ inch remaining, which was a pretty good length of time for a cigar of its size.
The price of a single Illusione Epernay Le Ferm cigar was $8.50 (plus tax) at my local tobacconist. Boxes of 50 cigars are available online in the range of $390 to $425, but 5-packs and 10-packs were also advertised for approximately $40 and $80, respectively. I would not recommend buying an entire box of these cigars without trying a few first. Although Epernay cigars are good tasting and well made, they are a bit pricey to smoke on a regular basis. However, you may want to give one a try with your next bottle of French Champagne.