Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

Ezra Zion Tantrum

Size: Box Pressed Petit Corona  4 11/25″ x 44

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Full

Price: $9.50

 

Grade: 9.0

Last year I was one of the first to review Ezra Zion’s Jamais Vu (formerly known as (Inception) and I said then that it was “a terrific launching point”.  Since then the Ezra Zion boys have been busy making a real foothold in the boutique cigar market by signing a distribution deal with Emilio Cigars and launching new lines including the Honor Series.  (My review of the Reagan is here.)

 

Their latest release is a limited run of 1500 boxes of a little powerhouse aptly named “Tantrum”.  The Tantrum is a 4 11/25″ x 44 box pressed Prensado Pequeño featuring Aganorsa tobaccos including aged ligero from 2005 and 2006.  The Tantrum is billed as “a little baby powerhouse”.

 

But enough about that, Let’s toast the foot!

Appearance (1.9):  First off I love the format and presentation of the cigar.  The box pressed Prensado Pequeno is unique, comfortable in the hand, and is right in my wheelhouse as I love the small format cigars.  The Ezra Zion band is probably my favorite of the new company bands I saw last year and there is a foot band with the name “Tantrum” on it and secondary script noting the limited edition nature of the cigar.

 

The Corojo wrapper is brown with a reddish hue, and has a  bit of an oily look to it. The box press wrapper shows a number of visible veins.  The scent off the foot is pungent and rich barnyard.  The pre light draw is of oaky aged tobacco.

Burn (1.7):  The Tantrum had a bit of tightness in the draw, which was probably a good thing considering the punch this little sucker packed.  The burn was uneven at times but featured a crisp burn line.  I knocked off the ash a bit earlier than the typical 1″ mark but I think it probably would have held on had I not knocked it off.

Flavor (2.7):  At first light there is a big punch of pepper/  The smoke is rich and creamy with a very full body.  As the Tantrum takes off the pepper steps back a little and the rich tobacco flavor takes over with subtle undertones of espresso and cream.

Smoking into the second this and this ligero rich little bomb adds several dimensions of complexity by bringing in hints of licorice and then oak and leather.  The smoke retains it’s rich, creamy, nature as the flavors continue to emerge.  Strength is definitely full as is body.

In the last third the Tantrum continues to evolve in flavor as earthy and sweet undertones emerge on the palate.  More notes of espresso emerge and the Tantrum burns cool to the nub.  This little sucker burns longer than I expect and maintains its delicious character throughout.

Overall (2.7): The Ezra Zion Tantrum is a bold project from a new company that has shown a real willingness to be ambitious.  From their humble beginnings as founders of Cigar Federation, to their distribution deal with Emilio Cigars (giving them a national platform) to their eagerness to work with some of the biggest cigar makers in the world (Quesada, Casa Fernandez) the guys behind Ezra Zion Cigars are definitely going places.

At a time where the common thread amongst most cigar makers is to go big, it’s refreshing to see a new company take a step in the other direction and bring big flavor in a small presentation.  Once again my hats are off to the Ezra Zion crew.  The Tantrum is a big win and I look forward to enjoying these again.