Size : 4 11/25 x 44
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Mild initially but a little stronger in the end
The Ezra Zion Tantrum Is a rather interesting cigar to say the least. It was introduced in the first quarter of 2013 to great anticipation. It was the third blend to come from Ezra Zion and, according to the manufacturer, the name signifies a product that starts out mild but takes on a rather naughty turn towards the end. The one I smoked held up to it name but let’s work our way there.
Ezra Zion Tantrum First Impression
The Ezra Zion Tantrum blend came across as a very solid professional cigar. The box press shape added to its mystique. It had tight construction, smooth wrapper, with a nicely done black and silver band. It presents itself nicely. It just cries out “Classy”. The pre-light smell was a little earthy and the taste to the tongue was a hint of leather but you had to look hard to find it. I usually punch my cigars but the box press shape discouraged that. The cap was solid and handled the cut very well. The pre-light draw was smooth and easy and provided a slight leather and nut taste.
Upon lighting the initial taste was a slight hint of leather and some slight nutty flavor but not an abundance of either. Not incredibly exciting but, then again, not bad either. The draw left me with the impression is that the Ezra Zion Tantrum was going to be a medium body cigar without an abundance of flavor or excitement. A casual smoke.
About an inch in and there was very little change in from the initial taste. I found it to be a decent cigar at that point but not a great cigar. I was very impressed with how the ash was as solid as a rock for at least the first 1 to 2 inches into the smoke.
At about 1 ½” in it did begin to gain a little character. It was a little stronger with a little more leathery taste. As I continued to smoke it I found that it began to provide a slight burnt leather aftertaste which is distinctive but I’m not sure it is what I was looking for at the time.
One Third In
At the 1/3 point the wrapper began to split a little which is unusual because this particular cigar had been in my humidor for several days up to the point of lighting.
Just shy of the half way point the strength changes back to the initial somewhat lack luster taste. Interesting in its mood changes but a little disappointing. Not much there at this point regarding flavor though there was some nut taste starting to try to peek through. The cigar at this point really began to lose some of it tight box press configuration.
Two Thirds In
At the 2/3rd point is did begin to gain strength which did make it a little more interesting but the box shape had completely given way to a soft mushy feel.
With about 2 inches left the professional appearance and the solid feel had gone. It was mushy which didn’t affect the taste but it was disappointing. At this point there was a real gain in strength but more harshness than flavor. It finished out as a full body cigar.
Ezra Zion Tantrum Overall Impression
I would not say that this was an impressive cigar overall. I would say it was more disappointing than anything else. They aren’t cheap by any means and for a mid-range priced cigar I really expected more from it. Because of that I would have a rough time recommending it to anyone. It did very little to make me want to buy more of them.
I have read reviews on this cigar that mentioned cocoa and a sweet taste but I honestly did not find any of that in the one I smoked. The main thing it had going for it initially was its distinctive shape and its solid feel both of which left it around the half way point. It did exactly what the name Tantrum implied. It started out a mild body but in the last half it gained strength but it also gained harshness to the point to where it was full body in the end but it really wasn’t that enjoyable. I hate it because the initial appearance had me hoping for more.
For more information visit the Ezra Zion site.