Illusione Epernay (box press)

I stopped by the Tobacco Patch on Saturday night to have a cigar with the gang. Temperature couldn’t have been more than 32º with an occasional Arctic blast out of the north – it was frickin freezin! The only saving grace for me was that occasionally I would jet into the store and warm up my feet and hands. (Yes, we’re nuts!)

Anyway, I bought this Illusione Epernay last week over at JnJ Cigars in Seattle. I was actually looking for something else, but this caught my eye. The beautiful dark brown wrapper, its Churchill size, its box pressed shape and its simple label all contributed to me picking this stick off the shelf. I couldn’t resist, it called my name. Well, sort of…

So Saturday night while I was down at the Patch I had my opportunity to try it out. BTW, my lovely and very intelligent wife didn’t join me – she said it was “too cold”. An understatement, I might add. Interesting little fact, years ago we used to have an outdoor patio heater that we used to keep us warm specifically on nights like this. Wonder whatever happened to it?

So what did I think? I liked it. Medium to full-bodied flavor, smooth, not necessarily a rich smooth taste, but overall it was very enjoyable. I might add that it had a terrific finish – my favorite part was the last 20 minutes. Delicious!

What didn’t I like about it? It may have been the cold, but I had to re-lite this sucker about 10 times. Might have been due to the amount of moisture in the air along with that killer cold breeze.

My Rating: 8.2

Sunday was a total change, partly sunny and temp up near 50 or so. That night we lit up the fireplace out on our back deck and fired up the patio heater.. It was so nice compared to the night before. I brought out a couple of Oliva cigars and my favorite rum (Zacapa) and we kicked back and took it easy. I actually had a pretty busy weekend, so this was a well deserved break for my sweetie and I.

A note for next week’s review – I plan on reviewing the El Triunfador Lancero (SODO Blend). This was the other cigar that I picked up at JnJ’s . Can’t wait to try it out!

Side note:
Have you seen the new restaurant that’s going in next to Hector’s in downtown Kirkland? Name on the sign says “Milagro Cantina”. I took a peak in the window yesterday – WOW! Pretty impressive. Looks like it might open this week. I’ll keep you posted. I’m sure we’ll go there for drinks or dinner pretty quick.


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