In 2008, Illusione released an exclusive cigar to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the European Cigar Cult Journal magazine, which has since been changed to Cigar Journal. Known as the ~eccj~, the 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda was made up of a Nicaraguan corojo rosado wrapper covering Nicaraguan tobacco in the bi-nder and filler. Only 4,500 cigars were released and they were sold exclusively through New Havana Cigars.
That blend went on to become the Illusione Epernay.
Early last year, Illusione’s Dion Giolito told us that there would be another release to commemorate Cigar Journal’s 20th anniversary and the ~eccj~ 20th was shown off for the first time at the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show. The new version is a 6 1/4 x 48 cigar that is made up of a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos composed of Nicaraguan Criollo 98 and Corojo 99 tobaccos.