By now the Ezra Zion lines are pretty familiar to cigar smokers all around. A fabulous boutique company, distributed by Emilio Cigars, Ezra Zion continues to assert its presence in the cigar business with great anticipation of future releases.
The Tantrum is a Prensado Pequeño, a smaller vitola which can be classified as a petit corona. The Tantrum sports a Nicaraguan Crillo wrapper, binder and fillers from Nicaragua.
Construction & Pre-light; 20/20
The cigar is a nice looking little stick. No veins present, with some noticeable wrapper seams. It feels packed well from foot to cap. It also has a nice sheen to it, feeling smooth yet not oily. Pre-light sniff served up some wood notes, accompanied with some slight cocoa. The foot gave me cocoa, wood notes, and pepper. Straight cut to the cap and the dry draw was of wood, cocoa, and spice.
The Tantrum opened up with a strong accent on the pepper. I didn’t find it to be overpowering, but definitely a nice spicy beginning. A few puffs into the cigar lightened the pepper blast and offered nice wood notes, which were cedar-like. The pepper was still a good part of the flavor profile making this little smoke a firecracker, again it wasn’t overpowering, just a nice kick.
The second third saw some nice evolution in the profile. In addition to the cedar and pepper, cocoa began to make its appearance. This added a nice sweetness to the Tantrum. The addition of the cocoa gave the cigar a nice new creamy dynamic. The cedar and cocoa were on the forefront, and the pepper following close behind. The Tantrum stayed up in strength, even with the addition of the cocoa, but stayed tolerable, and even more flavorful.
The final third was a nice finish to the Tantrum. The main players were the cedar and pepper. It was a nice full strength finish that again, never became overpowering. Smoking it to the nub was a must, and it was flavorful to the very end.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was excellent. What should be noted here is the extraordinary amount of smoke that this little stick produced. It was never too much, but always ample. 20/20
The burn was good. In each of the Tantrums I smoked though, somewhere in the second third I experienced some slight tunneling, and some waviness. Nothing that a little shot from the lighter here and there didn’t correct, but you know me, The Greek doesn’t lie. 15/20/strong>
The ash was very strong in the first half of the cigar, and straight as they come. When the burn aspects began to present, of course the ash was affected but never too adversely. 18/20
It’s no secret that the folks over at Ezra Zion know their way around a cigar, and also are very engaging and extremely friendly. These factors, I think, make their brand that much more enticing. In a digital world, customer appreciation, and engagement bring more attention to you and what you’re offering. From a flavor standpoint, a customer standpoint, and just an all around people perspective, this brand has it all and then some. The Tantrum is a great addition to the line, offering a nice strong journey and enjoyment of pepper, cedar, and cocoa throughout this little firecracker. I should also note that production will be limited, so get your hands on them while you can. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all!! -Evan
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