Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua Corojo & Criollo
Size: 5 X 50 “Robusto”
Today we take a look at the new Ezra Zion All My Ex’s.
From the Ezra Zion press release:
“We are constantly trying to challenge ourselves in our blending. The next cigar has to be better than the last.” said co-owner Kyle Hoover. “All My EX’s is a blend that we’ve been working on for over a year to perfect.”
All My EX’s is produced in Tabacalera Aromas de Jalapa factory, owned by close friend Noel Rojas.
“When I tried the Ezra Zion All My EX’s blend I told Chris and Kyle, ‘This is the best cigar I’ve ever made in this factory’.” noted Rojas.
“All My EX’s is a medium-strength, full bodied cigar. Flavors include creamed coffee, earth, leather, nuanced with baking spices, cashews, and bitter-sweet chocolate.
“It is the company’s first release featuring an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper. Fillers are Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo.
“All My EX’s is presented in raw wood cabinet style boxes of 25 cigars. It features the new Ezra Zion 2015 “Republic of Texas” logo on both the box and the band. Total production is 800 boxes.
“All My EX’s comes in 3 sizes: 5×50 Robusto, 6×52 Toro, and a 7×42 Lancero. MSRP is $8.95 for Toro and Lancero and $8.50 for Robusto.
“This is ‘next level’ Ezra Zion. We are having fun making great cigars. I think it comes out in this blend. So many people are trying to figure out how to innovate in this industry. We finally realized that the greatest innovation we can do is to remember why we got into this business in the first place. It’s because we love cigars! They are there with us at the best moments of our lives.” added co-owner Chris Kelly.”
This is a limited production cigar.
Very nice looking stick. In fact, the entire Ezra Zion line prides itself in good looking cigars. Tight seams, few veins, nicely applied triple cap.
The semi-oily wrapper is a medium, russet brown color. The stick is packed to the hilt. And very smooth to the touch.
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I smell sweet honeysuckle floral notes, cherries, spice, earthiness, dark cocoa, coffee, and leather.
From the clipped cap and foot, I smell freshly mown grass, leather, earthiness, spice, and barnyard.
The cold draw presents sweetness, chocolate, spice, and earthy tobacco.
I made the Ezra Zion “The Collective” my No. 1 choice in my Top 25 of 2013-2014. The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s seems to be following in its footsteps with a terrific beginning of the cigar adventure.
Strength is a strong medium body.
The char line is dead nuts.
I’m a huge Ezra Zion fan. They are one of the best boutique manufacturers on the planet. They just keep knocking it out of the park with each blend. (This is where Chris Kelly and Kyle Hoover go, “Pshaw.”) While Noel Rojas nods his head.
I would love this cigar in a Toro. The Collective is a 6.25 x 52 and is dynamite. So size is not an issue for these blends. Of course, you will have to ask Mr. Kelly’s, Mr. Hoover’s, and Mr. Rojas’ wife if size does matter. They may have a different opinion. You never know.
I get a really odd flavor: steak sauce and caramelized onions. That is new coming from me. There is even a bit of steak in there. Now that’s meaty. Like me.
It is definitely A.1. Steak Sauce because I can taste: raisins, salt, brown sugar, orange puree, dried garlic, and dried mushroom. Crazy, huh?
Smoke time is 22 minutes.
Strength hits full body. But the blend remains super smooth.
The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s is a very savory cigar. And gets better with each puff.
I can’t believe it but I do believe they have topped themselves with this blend. Wow.
The spiciness is right there upfront where I like it.
The fruitiness of orange and raisins works beautifully with the savory qualities.
I don’t know when the sweet spot hit but it wasn’t long after the start of the cigar.
I got this stick in my Cigar Federation July Cigar of the Month Club selections.
I found a good deal.
Summit Cigars. Found them by accident. They have a 6 pack sampler of all three sizes for $47.52. And your first order includes free shipping. According to their web site, they have only 6 sampler packs left. Strange…I bought mine a few days ago and paid $44.88. So it went up by almost $3 in that time. Still, a good deal. You save a few bucks especially with the free shipping.
Cigar Federation is another great place to score. Especially, if you are a member and get your 10% off along with their reasonable shipping.
Nothing ticks me off more than buying a 5 pack from some online store and they charge you $9 or $10 to ship them. Shipping fees are key to a successful online store.
The cigar is exuberantly zesty. Must be the combo of spiciness and garlic.
The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s becomes very toasty now. With a touch of nuttiness.
Mesquite jumps aboard. No one is left behind.
This is a helluva cigar experience. I woke up in a funk this morning. The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s de-funked me.
A little too much glue on the cigar band ruining a perfect presentation.
Smoke time has been 40 minutes.
I’m totally shocked that a boutique blend that gunny sacks this much flavor is less than $9. Shocked.
There hasn’t been a single change in the flavor profile. But due to its complexity, transitions occur as to which flavor stands out the most at any given time.
The finish is very long…and coats my teeth.
The top half of the cigar was a little more packed than the bottom half. Just enough that the burn time slows down considerably.
I’m not going to list the flavors again because you will just laugh at me. And I’m a very sensitive, delicate flower whose feelings get hurt easily. But I will say that the flavor profile list is a mile long.
I’m bummed that this is a limited run. These cigars are going to disappear very quickly. And if you are a budget conscious cigar buyer, it’s all about timing. I really don’t think, once word gets out, that the Ezra Zion All My Ex’s will be around for much more than a month or so.
A sip of water and I get a Hippie rush. I see colors and hallucinate.
There isn’t a single cigar on the market like this one.
Nicotine rears its ugly puss. Very gentle, mind you, but there it is.
The sweetness factors move to the front of the line. The steak sauce is on the wane.
So here they are dear readers: Sweetness, raisins, brown sugar, red pepper, oak, mesquite, smoky, orange puree, toasty, nutty, leather, mushroom, and that rich earthiness.
I like the fact that I don’t taste any creaminess. So much is going on that is subtle and nuanced, creaminess will usually drown out those flavors.
Also, the cocoa and coffee were just flashes in the pan.
I like Nic cigars but they are so predictable. Kelly and Hoover found a way to use a lot of Nic material and avoid the stereotypes. Kudos fellas.
The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s is a very flavorful cigar. I guess I’m repeating myself.
I’m very curious how the other reviewers describe this cigar. I believe I have a superb palate from almost 5 decades of cigar smoking. But still, every palate is different.
The smoothness makes no retreat. The blend is very full bodied. Very complex. Perfectly balanced. And a very long, tasty finish.
Final smoke time is around one hour 15 minutes.
Now I’m going to put the arm on the dear fellas at Ezra Zion for some samples as a reward. That dough I spent on the 6 pack was my entire budget for the month. Saving every shekel for my healthcare.
I’ve only had the Ezra Zion All My Ex’s for a few weeks. Imagine what a few months will do.
Grab as many as you can before they are gone.
Fantabulous, marvelous, wonderful, sensational, outstanding, superb, super, excellent, first-rate, first-class, dazzling, out of this world, and breathtaking.
Anyway, I think you get the gist.
The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s will make my Top 25 Cigars of 2015. Without question. Hoover and Kelly can do no wrong in my book.
The Ezra Zion All My Ex’s is a truly satisfying cigar experience. The price is right.
No construction issues.
No harshness or heat.
I’m going to veer from my mission statement of not rating cigars because I think it is a subjective call. So I rate the Ezra Zion All My Ex’s a 96.
Kyle Hoover read my review and this was his response:
“Spot on bro. It’s a very very complex cigar. Like you said in the review… too many different things going on to list them. And even if you did, people would think you were crazy :)”
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