Wrapper: Corojo ‘99
Binder: Top Secret (Call your local Mossad contact to get this info)
Filler: Nicaraguan Medio Tiempo, Esteli/Jalapa Ligero
Size: 4.75 x 52 Short Toro
Price: $10.00 (Sold Out)
Humidor Aging Time: 2-1/2 months
Today we take a look at Brass Knuckles by Ezra Zion Cigars.
Why am I reviewing a cigar that only a small group of smokers got the chance to buy?
Because it is there.
Thanks to Kyle and Chris.
Total Production: 840 cigars
From the Ezra Zion web site:
“We had to up the “cool factor” on Brass Knuckles…because this blend demanded it!
“Brass Knuckles is a showcase of the best Medio Tiempo and Esteli & Jalapa Ligeros that we’ve ever smoked! EVER!
“Strength and flavors are strong and very rich! Carmel, heavy cream, and honey greet the palate from the first light…balanced by a rush of cayenne pepper and espresso. The retrohale will bring a tear to your eye!
“As Brass Knuckles progresses, cedar and leather muscle their way into the mix. Ongoing flashes of maple syrup, cashews, and anise make this blend uber complex!
“If I were a cigar reviewer, this would easily be a 95+ Rated cigar! We think Brass Knuckles is one of the best cigars we’ve ever done!”
The wrapper is an oily, gorgeous, sage brush brown. Slightly mottled. Perfect tight seams. An impeccable triple cap. Solid stick with no soft spots. A few veins that only add to its attractiveness.
Both cigars are supposed to be 4-7/8” long but both are only 4-1/2” long.
And of course the brass knuckle cigar band is pretty damn cool. I gotta go on Amazon and buy me a pair of real ones. You just never know…
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I can smell gorgeous floral notes of rose and hyacinth. There are also touches of spice, cedar, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, sweet honey, and an incredible creaminess.
From the clipped cap and the foot, I smell strong red pepper that makes me sneeze twice in a row. Wow. Also, strong wood aromas, potent coffee, some cocoa, nuts, and cedar.
(I’m still sneezing.)
The cold draw presents flavors of malt, honey, cedar, coffee, floral, and Ritz crackers.
Right of the bat, my palate is fending off a cornucopia of flavors: Red hot peppers, coffee, honey, black licorice, creaminess, cedar, and pistachio nuts.
Very good start.
I bought some Ghost Pepper hot sauce on Amazon. Got here today. Have an Egg McMuffin device to make my own sandwiches. I put a single drop on the egg (Per the bottle’s instructions) and nearly blew my toupee off. It took about 10 minutes before I had to rush to the bathroom. Very tasty though. I love hot.
Oh baby. Some sweet, gooey caramel shows itself. Damnation! With 3/8” burned, the Brass Knuckles by Ezra Zion Cigars is already extremely is complex.
These youngsters, Kyle and Chris, just keep getting better at what they do. I wonder if they know Robert Johnson?
Strength is a nice medium body. Way better on this poor soul than yesterday’s review cigar. That was almost torture.
The char line is behaving nicely.
This is a slow leisurely smoke. It doesn’t hurry. I like that.
The great thing about being retired is that my job is to write reviews. So instead of dressing like the engineer I was, I sit here in a T Shirt, boxers, and slippers. (Look away if this offends you.) That is until the entire ash falls off on to my bare leg and burns a hole straight through and ends up on the carpet.
Clearly, there is plutonium in the blend. I’m sure a Band Aid will work just fine.
Flavors are so complex now that I’m having issues with delineating them to you. It is the perfect morph of layer upon layer.
Smoke time is 25 minutes.
Here they are: Very spicy red pepper, creaminess, coffee, roasted nuts, caramel, floral notes, chocolate, black licorice, cedar, butter crackers, agave syrup, and smoked oak.
The Brass Knuckles by Ezra Zion Cigars is one of those rare cigars that the bigger the puff, the more of an onslaught of flavor occurs. Manly puffs.
Flavor composition revolves like a carousel. The list above is just a sample. The next big puffs rearrange the order of that list.
I don’t believe I’ve had a cigar blend like this. Really. There are a lot of unique blends out there but nothing like this. Its level of keeping one interested and focused is intense.
So much going on. Thank goodness I was able to…or should I say forced to…take a 6 week break in cigar smoking because…well…you know…my taste buds are really sharp now.
The cigar blend explodes at the halfway point. Strength is now medium/full.
It “Floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee.” Thank you Mr. Ali for allowing me to paraphrase your famous quote.
Smoke time is 40 minutes.
The Brass Knuckles by Ezra Zion Cigars has a very smoky quality now. There is a touch of hickory.
I really dig this cigar blend. But let’s be honest. Name an EZ blend you don’t like.
This blend is so complex that every palate will pick up something different.
The strength pulls back from medium/full and is now a solid medium body.
It’s a bummer that most smokers never got a chance to try this cigar. The Brass Knuckles by Ezra Zion Cigars is a special treat. And I’m grateful I had the chance to enjoy it.
Construction was top notch. The burn line only had a couple issues. A really well made cigar.
Just imagine what these two men will be producing 5 years from now.
Final smoke time is 55 minutes.
I moved the “Cautionary Tale” rant to the Bespoke Basilica A review.
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