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Illusione ECCJ

11 Comments 21 May 2009

Illusione ECCJ

Cigar Mission #36

My name is Agent 15, but you may also know me as The Boss. My mission was to review the Illusione ECCJ. As leader of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor. This is my mission, this is my report.

Target Vitals:

Wrapper: Nicaragua
Corona Gorda

Background Info:

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 magazines 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.

Guten Tag! To all my German people! I hope you liked my little German intro on the front page.

Mission Notes:

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), its 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 to 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 quality’s 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.

Final Statement:

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.

Special Shout Out: Thanks to my pinoy big bro @jcruz!

- A g e n t 15

Your Comments

11 Comments so far

  1. Agent 10 says:

    Great Review Boss!! I’ll have to see if I cant find one of these somewhere!

  2. Ich hab’ noch nicht eine dieser ,,ECCJs” geraucht, aber da die Vitola und Marke unter meinen lieblingen sind muss ich mir bald eine herfen.

    Schade, dass sie keine ,,spice bomb” ist, weil so’n Geschmacksprofil mir eigentlich gefaellt. Naja – bis jetzt ist jeder Illusione den ich geraucht habe total ausgezeichnet gewesen. Danke fuer’s Review!

  3. Bradinbuffalo says:

    Great review, I love these smokes, hopefully the Epernay will resemble this flavor profile with some age on em…

  4. OlivaSerieV says:

    Nice Review. I smoked one of the ECCJ’s myself and came to the same conclusion, that I enjoy the less expensive CG4 more.

  5. Agent 15 says:

    - Hayward: LOL, i dont know what you said, but im sure im going to love it! thanks for that lol

    - OSV: I Agree 100%. CG:4 > *

    - Brandin: I’m looking forward to the Epernay, I need to get my hands on them.

    Thanks Guys! I appreciate the comments/opinions/love and of course the German!

  6. Intelligence has intercepted and translated Hayward’s comment:

    I haven’t yet smoked an “ECCJ,” but being that the vitola and brand are among my favorites, I’ll herf one soon.

    Too bad it’s not a “spice bomb”, ’cause I like that flavor profile. In any case, every Illusione I’ve ever smoked has been outstanding. Thanks for the review!

  7. btmisles says:

    Nice work. I’ve only had a chance to smoke the 4/2g which I really liked. Havn’t been able to find many of them around and I am sure I missed the boat on the eccj.

  8. Mike - KnightRid says:

    Another one on my list to try! I really should open a good cigar shop around here so I could find this stuff :)

    Great review and I do not care for “spice bombs” either, so this would be right up my alley!


  9. Agent 15 says:

    Brian – If I ever come across any ECCJ i’ll let you know.

    Mike – I like your taste :)

    Thanks guys!

  10. Agent 3 says:

    Nice review man, I thought that was SPOT on.

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