I experienced my first Le Matin around three years ago and to this day it is still one of the best cigars I have smoked. I would put in in my Top 25 Cigars of all time, and it is in my Top Three Cigars from Illusione without a doubt. The Epernay line is a personal favorite of mine anyways, but the vitola offering and the press on this cigar separates it from others in the line without any competition. Most smokers I know are fans of the Epernay line, and it is a line that really changed things up for the American market. I believe Dion was able to create a cigar that was light and flavorful, but not only appeal to the smokers who like Connecticut Shade wrappers, but also the connoisseurs who seek something that has a little bit more.
Le Matin measures 6 1/2" with a 46 ring gauge and I would classify it as a Grand Corona. It is a Nicaraguan puro that is composed with no Ligero tobacco, and it features a Corojo '99 wrapper that is classified as Cafe Rosada. The blend is composed of Criollo and Corojo seed tobacco, and it is all AGANORSA tobacco. As mentioned earlier, the cigar is pressed and is very smooth while remaining silky in texture. The veins are to a minimum, and it is a beautiful cigar in all aspects. From beginning to end the cigar delivers flavors that are of honey, graham cracker, tobacco and sweet spices, and with that on the finish are some tobacco, nutty, cedar and cream qualities. It is a complex smoke and one that any aficionado would enjoy. The Epernay line has always done well in terms of ratings by many out there, and this is a classic example why. If you have never smoked this particular offering, I recommend that you pick some up as soon as possible.