Illusione eccj

It has been a shitty week, REAL shitty, so I was more then happy to sit down and smoke a couple cigars to prepare for today’s review. When things suck, sit down with a good smoke. At least you can escape for that nice little slice of time.

What does ECCJ stand for? It means “European Cigar Cult Journal” and is very limited in production. A quick Google search will get you more info. This cigar was given to me by my pal Matt, whom you’ve seen me review a few cigars with. We intended on reviewing this together in a video, but distance (he moved to NY) and time have put a damper on that idea. After about 7 months in the humidor, he gave me the green light to go ahead and smoke the eccj’s on my own. As always, I paired this cigar with PUR filtered water.


Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder/Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5 5/8 x 46

Price: Around $9.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a nice dark appearance with minimal flaws. The wrapper and foot gave off a sweet cedary odor. Overall it was very well packed and firm, and slightly more loose towards the foot. Despite this, the pre-light draw was free with slight resistance. Like the smell of the cigar, the pre-light draw had a sweet cedary note with a fine natural tobacco taste.

The burn requires a couple minor adjustments, and the ash held for an inch.




First third: There is a nice “Nic-Zing” right from the start. What I mean is a flavor or smoke feel common in tobacco from Nicaragua. When passing smoke though the nose, a nice smooth yet zingy pepper was undeniable. There were slight earthy notes way in the background. Probably the most noticeable flavor was cedar. The smoke feel became thick with a nice lingering aftertaste that coated the mouth.


The second third crept up slightly in body, lingering between medium and full bodied. While the woody/cedar flavor was still in front, it took on a sweet note. The sweetness combined with the thick smoke feel reminded me of caramel. That peppery zing was always present, but really smoothed out to a sweet spicy note.


The last third crept into the full bodied range. The core flavors were caramel and cedar. That nice sweet peppery spice was still there when exhaling through the nose. The smoke feel grew even thicker and lingered long after the draw was expelled. Everything was rich and full flavored. Really nice.



Wow this was a really good medium to full bodied cigar. It is unfortunate that they are so limited in production. My only complaint is the price. But in this case, I think you get your monies worth with this slow burner. A great way to end a shitty week!

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