Later this summer, Illusione will pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of its Epernay with a new cigar.
The appropriately named Illusione Epernay 10th Anniversary, a 6 x 50 vitola, that is made at the same factory as the Epernay line but does not use the exact same blend. Dion Giolito, Illusione’s owner, declined to disclose the details of the blend or what it makes it different.
Illusione released the Epernay in 2009, an extension of the company’s ~eccj~ cigar which was released the year prior. Giolito said at the time that he wanted to create a lighter version of ~eccj~ that would be ideal to pair with Champagne. Epernay is the primary region in France for producing Champagne.
While most of Illusione’s lines are now made in Nicaragua, Giolito has kept Epernay’s production at Raíces Cubanas in Honduras, the same place that produced the original ~eccj~ and the Epernay line.
Giolito has not finalized pricing or production numbers, but the cigar will be packaged in 10-count boxes. It is expected to be shown at the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show later this month and begin shipping in August.