Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
Size: 6.5 x 44 “Lonsdale-Box Pressed”
Price: $9.95 ($7.95 at Cigar Federation this month, 15% off = $6.75)
Today we take a look at the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA.
The PA means “Passive Aggressive.”
In 2013, the release of the Tantrum came in one size: 4 11/25 x 44 and was $9.50.
Only 600 boxes of 28 were released for the PA. And they were released late summer.
The wrapper is a milk chocolate brown. It has some oils and small toothy sections. The weather turned dastardly cold here in Wisconsin. So I’m having issues with my wrappers. The humidity is 70% spot on but the cigar can repel the cold only so much.
I had to glue a loose piece of wrapper before I started the review as is obvious in the first photo.
Other than that, the Tantrum PA is a gorgeous cigar. A beautiful small box press. Very close to sharp corners. Near invisible seams. Only a few veins.
And a perfect rounded triple cap. There is a main cigar band a footer with the blend written on it. The stick is solid.
I clip the cap and find aromas of hay, cocoa, spice, sweetness, nutmeg, and wood.
Time to light up.
The draw is excellent. The first puffs are very woody. Added to that is cocoa. With a touch of creaminess. Spice is slowly building. Starting off as black pepper, it soon transforms into a raging red pepper.
This review follows a failed one only an hour ago. I was reviewing the Rodrigo Habano Clasico and the wrapper just completely disassembled on me. It was my only stick. I keep all the cigars for review in one humidor. And I am vigilant about maintaining the correct humidity. It usually ranges between 68%-70%. But the Rodrigo came apart like a stripper on a good night. This wasn’t just the cold. It came to me with insufficient humidity.
Every single review I’ve written in the last few weeks came from that single humidor and not a single one had the problems the Rodrigo did.
I had to stop reviewing it 20 minutes in as I watched, and heard, the wrapper dismantling. Kind of pisses me off.
I make no bones about my love for Ezra Zion blends. I think they are masterful; especially The Collective and the Jamais Vu. This month, Cigar Federation is giving a whopping discount of 35% and free shipping on The Collective. If I had dough, I’d be all over that.
The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is doing a slow roll. Flavors are building with great subtlety. This isn’t a flavor bomb like The Collective. Flavors are much more nuanced with slight character varietals.
This is a completely different blend from The Collective and the Jamais Vu. The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is a stew of subtleties. It takes an experienced palate to appreciate the understated flavors. This is not a bold cigar. It is smooth and has the essence of fine French cuisine. Elements are delicate and fragile. With a long finish that really allows you to appreciate what you have in your hand. (No. The other hand.)
The strength is classic medium body.
The spice is dissipating.
Here are the flavors only half an inch from the second third: Caramel, creaminess, hot chocolate, cinnamon, raisins, wood, peat, and a savory smoky meatiness.
The second third begins.
The spiciness returns and becomes quite strong. It is black pepper.
I had a preconception going in. Based on the wrapper vs. tobacco ratio, I expected a very intense flavor experience. Instead, I got a very smooth, relaxing experience. Lots of nice subtle flavors that are at low intensity. Again, I would advise this cigar be smoked by those with experienced palates. While the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is extremely flavorful, it is executing this through nuance and strength of character.
The price point. You gotta be kiddin. While most of the Ezra Zion line has $8.00-$11.00 price points, this stick for $8 is a steal. Ezra Zion stands alone. Like the cheese. The only boutique blend in this price range that I think is worth every dime is the Paul Stulac line. Most of Paul’s cigars are in the $10-$12 range. If I had to choose on my desert island cigar, it would be a tussle between Ezra Zion and Paul Stulac.
So yes, the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is worth every dime of the $8 price tag. Ezra Zion cigars should be smoked in an isolation booth. Alone and without distraction. I would never sit and smoke with friends with any of this line. You are going to miss half the goodies the Ezra Zion provides.
The char line has been pretty good to this point. Now it begins to get wavy. I give it a minor touch up.
The halfway point arrives. Flavor Bomb 2.0.
I like this a lot. The first half is a warm up. A teaser. Now the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA puts its head down, makes sure its helmet is on tight, and puts the pedal to the metal.
Big bold flavors of milk chocolate, cream, caramel, spice, fruit, nuts, toastiness, wood, cinnamon, smoky meat, leather, cedar, and a mixture of dried fruits. Desert fruits.
Phasers are set to kill.
Flavors are dripping down my leg. And creating a puddle on the floor beneath my feet.
Once again, Ezra Zion does not disappoint.
The line consists of: The Collective, Jamais Vu, Tantrum, Tantrum PA, FHK, Honor Series, and Eminence. I still have the FHK and Honor Series to review. Will have to wait until my sponsors pull through for me so I can buy them. Cigar Federation has them all. Including some samplers.
It turns out that the Honor Series is also called the Reagan after our president. I struggle to find exactly why, in some places, the Reagan is left out on the footer band and others find it there in bold font.
If you go to the Ezra Zion web site, there are photos of 5 blends. And the Honor Series is devoid of the word Reagan. For some reason, the Tantrum PA is not shown.
If I were a cigar insider, I’d merely email Gary Griffith or anyone in the House of Emilio group and ask them. But sadly, I’m not. I had to forfeit being a cigar insider for my honesty, having a big mouth, and raunchy rock n roll stories for that privilege.
You’ve probably noticed that when given a cigar to review by a manufacturer or online store, I leave my long ago and far away rock star stories out of the reviews. Respect, baby, respect.
Cigar Federation is a great place to find the best boutique blends online. I admire their skill and ability to pick the right lines to make available to their members and non-members alike.
I’ve now invested an hour of smoke time on the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA.
If I am lucky, it will go another hour. I know. I rant about getting bored with two hour cigars. But all bets are off with this magnificent line of cigars.
The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA is on cruise control now. All flavors intact and all with the same intensity.
The last third begins.
The cigar is sailing. I have now invested an hour and 45 minutes in this smoke.
I’d love to have several boxes of the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA and the other blends in my humidor. If I had nothing but Ezra Zion cigars, I would be a happy man.
Construction is superb. Only one minor char line touch up required. No wrapper issues except for the effects of the cold, and a cap that withstood my chomping. Only near the end, did it need a small clip so it is pretty for the photos.
The flavor list one last time for the Ezra Zion Tantrum PA: milk chocolate, cream, caramel, fruit, nuts, toastiness, wood, cinnamon, smoky meat, leather, cedar, and a mixture of dried fruits, and spice.
I should add that because of the delicious flavors, I grabbed a Diet Coke so I could have a pseudo Egg Cream experience.
The Ezra Zion Tantrum PA finishes beautifully. Not a hint of harshness or heat. No nicotine. Maintains the medium body throughout, and nothing bitter.
If you go to Cigar Federation to snag some of these marvelous cigars; regardless of the blend, make sure you tell them the Katman sent you.
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