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Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

This is a discussion on Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review within the Non-Habanos Reviews forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; $9.50 - $12. Shape: Gordo / Box Press Size: 5 1/4 x 56 Strength: Medium -Full Country of Origin: Nicaragua ...

  
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    Full grown Puffer Fish 2COOL4U's Avatar


     

    Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    $9.50 - $12.
    Shape: Gordo / Box Press
    Size: 5 1/4 x 56
    Strength: Medium -Full
    Country of Origin: Nicaragua
    Wrapper Type: Nicaraguan Corojo
    Color: Colorado Maduro
    Binder / Filler: Nicaragua / Nicaragua
    Grade: Hand Rolled / Long Filler
    Blender: Dion Giolito


    Purchased at my local B&M, sitting for a months and I love the big ring sticks and why I picked it over the family of Epernay sizes offered .

    Prelight: Sweet hay, natural tobacco aroma, I am not normally a big box-pressed cigar guy, I know that making them is a challenge to not get them to soft or hard and this ones getting me nervous with it being sponging from top to bottom and some damage to the foot, not having a cellophane wrapper to protected it.

    1st 1/3
    Sweet cocoa, very light pepper, coffee, spice, especially on the finish with some mild honey notes on the front.

    Great draw to be expected with the loose construction, burn line a little wonky, no smokestack resting smoke similar to the Undercrown's with there heavy oils and putting off tons of static smoke.

    What set this cigar apart so far is the flavor balance, with no note dominating.
    I love the honey note on the finish, mixed with the spice and it still mixes in the sweet cocoa, light pepper and coffee.

    The spongy construction seems to not be taking away from the quality of the cigar and after a few more I'll learn what the consistency of it's normalcy is.

    2nd 1/3
    The after taste are meaty and very flavorful, the second third adds some cedar with the departure of the light pepper and the spice dying down but still there.

    The burn line in still a bit wonky but hasn't gotten worse, the smoke out put is huge, along with the great draw
    All the remaining notes are fusing into a creamery smoke well worth the price of admission

    Last 1/3
    RoMa Craft Tobac, Undercrown, My Uzi Weighs a Ton, Liga Privada #9 , Alec Bradley MAXX 'The Fix', Ashton VSG Enchantment, Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project Muy Bueso are some of my top picks but this stick is kicking there ass and fast becoming my new favorite.

    All the cigars mention can't compete with the Illusione Epernay Le Taureau ability to be excellent from the first light, where most cigars need to warm up into the 2nd 1/3 to shine.

    The Le Taureau is now drifting slightly towards full strength with the N buzz hitting me a bit but not where I go dizzy.
    Continues with the wonderful after taste and the notes bubbling to the top and letting the others move in gracefully.

    Burn line now very straight here in the last 1/3, I wouldn't say it is the most complex stick out there but a well balanced cigar.
    The soft construction feel didn't hamper the quality at all and in my opinion a cigar that should not be missed and box worthy even at it higher price point.

    Smoke time: 1hr 35min
    Score: 10 out of 10
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    I'm totally serious, dude B-daddy's Avatar


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Thanks. I like the other Epernay vitolas but never tried this one. Sounds like its right up my alley though. May have to give it a try.
    "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?" -- Steven Wright

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    Puffer Fish with many spikes pippin925's Avatar


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Another great review. Thanks for taking the time to post.
    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." T. Roosevelt

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    Full grown Puffer Fish DBragg's Avatar


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Ive been jonesing for something from the Epernay line for a while... You are just making it worse.
    Keep calm and burn one!

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    Full grown Puffer Fish 2COOL4U's Avatar


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Appreciate some rep point to kill the negative points I'm in....
    Thanks
    There are five things, above all else, that make life worth living: a good relationship with God, a good woman, good health, good friends, and a good cigar

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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Have a few of these in my humi, great smoke. I get a little bit of gingerbread from these.

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    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Great review. I have only smoked a couple Illusiones so far, but I have really enjoyed them. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite boutique companies.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    I'm really wondering what they put in the last 1/3 of their stick. Of the Epernays I've smoked, this and the La Monde are some of the best finishers (last 1/3) ever, NC or Habanso.

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    Bearded Creeper Tombstone's Avatar


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Sounds like a great cigar. I was gifted one this week and look forward to it even more now.

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    Young Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Illusione Epernay Le Taureau Review

    Looks like something I would love to try: Thanks for the review


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