Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $12+
ECCJ stands for European Cigar Cult Journal, which is a cigar magazine. Dion Giolito was asked to make this cigar for the celebration of the magazine's 15th anniversary. I have never read or seen the magazine, but I hear you can read it in both English and German, that’s pretty cool.
The hardest part of this cigar mission was figuring out how to pronounce the name of the cigar. Actually wait … no, that’s not true. The hardest part of this mission was finding my Batman slippers, huh? … It’s all about comfort when you head into these tough missions people! (shut up, don’t judge) But seriously is it Illusion? Illusio-nay? Is it French? I don’t know.
Let’s talk flavors. It started off with a little sweet-spicy tingle and a soft finish. Then the flavors pick up with some woodsy notes mixed with that same soft sweet-spice it started with. The blend was perfect; no flavor was dominant, it was all very well balanced. And best of all, (for me at least), it's not a spice bomb. My only little problem was, I kept thinking it could have been a little bit more “fuller” in flavor because at times it was too light, even for a medium body smoker like myself.
At the end of the day, I truly believe we smoke for flavor and aroma. Yes, we need a good burn, ash, etc because they all play big role in getting the best out of your cigar. And don’t get it twisted, this cigar definitely has all those great qualities we look for, but it definitely shines in the aroma aspect. I can honestly say I enjoyed the aroma of this cigar a tiny bit more than the actual flavor.
I thought this cigar was okay. I would much rather smoke the original Illusione, especially the CG:4. Yum, Yum, Yum! It’s one of my favorite non-Cuban cigars and I always pick it up when I make a visit to the shop. Honestly, it’s in my ‘Top 5 Non-Cubans’, that’s how much I love Illusione cigars. Can’t say I love the creator’s haircut & sideburns though, scary.
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