Draw was good, a little loose for my liking, but solid throughout.
Overall, the Illusione Epernay 10th Anniversary d’Aosta was a really nice cigar with some great flavors. There was transitioning taking place and the cigar had depth and was definitely complex. I liked that it was a smooth smoke, solid medium from start to finish and it was all about balance and flavors being delivered. The second third really showed the strength of the blend and was the best part of the cigar. In terms of an Epernay release, while this may honor the brand’s tenth anniversary, I don’t find it to be the best Epernay I have smoked. I think the line excels in Le Taureau and La Matin, it is not dependent on the ring gauge to succeed, but rather being pressed. I think the Epernay line does well when pressed, but at the same time smokes well in a smaller and larger ring gauge offering. I think this cigar will benefit from aging, and that is what I appreciate about Epernay. You can smoke them now or age them and get a great smoking experience.