Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ezra Zion Tantrum box press Prensado Penqueno

I'll sum this cigar up right here, then tell you about the rest as we go, this cigar was delicious!

Quick Details

  • Cigar Size: 4.4 x 44
  • Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper:  Vintage Nicaraguan 99 Corojo Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaraguan 98 Criollo
  • Filler: 5 to 7 year aged Nicaraguan Lligero
Ezra Zion Tantrum Box Press Prensado Pequeno 44x4.4
Construction of the Tantrum was superb. Feeling down the body, it was firm, in fact very firm, with no soft areas. The maduro colored wrapper contained only the finest of veins and was rolled on with nearly invisible seams. Cold aromas from the body and foot were that of toasted tobacco and once the end was clipped the free cold draw had the same rich flavor notes. 

I toasted the foot with the first match and then lit it up with the second. The first two draws had a good dose of full bodied bold black pepper but it quickly left and never came back as the strength settled down into the medium range. What I found most interesting about this cigar was that I couldn't pin down a flavor in the first third. Don't get me wrong the cigar was delicious, but I just couldn't come up with a reference other than it was slightly sweet. 

By the cigar's mid point more recognizable flavor mix appeared. There was a complex, shifting mix of sugar, brown sugar, earth, oak and charred oak. The burn was a bit wavy in the first half but never enough to correct. In the final third the strength increased and the flavor shifting settled down giving me a tasty full bodied finish of brown sugar mixed with earth.

Overall I loved this cigar. Both the strength and the flavor mix was near perfect for my palate. My suggestion, give this cigar a try and see what flavors develop for you!

Rated: 94.5

This Ezra Zion Tantrum box press Prensado Penqueno is another sample provided by Ken from the Ezra Zion Cigar Company, which by the way is one of the lines included in the House of Emilio best of the boutiques.  I am pleased the Ezra Zion Cigar Company asked me to review their products and would like to thank them for the opportunity to enjoy their fine cigars.

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