Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Size: 6 x 52
Humidor Time: 3 Weeks
Number of cigars smoked prior to review: 1
Today we take a look at the Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co.
Thanks to a reader for the sticks.
From the Ezra Zion Cigar Co. web site:
“Punkin’ Pie is the first project we’ve done with Noel Rojas in his new NOA factory in Esteli!
“We’ve worked with Noel on All My EX’s, Makin’ Bacon, All My EX’s Maduro. He’s got some sort of magic working when it comes to procuring AMAZING tobacco. And it got even better in his new factory operation…the construction of the cigars is even more impeccable!
“Punkin’ Pie is draped in a flawless Habano wrapper. The foot is shaggy so that the robust wrapper flavors wake up the palate on the first light of the cigar.
“On the first puff a big leathery blast coupled with whipped cream wash over the palate. Pumpkin pie spice (of course) follows strong on the finish bringing a perfect balance. Retrohale is a warming mix of Ceylon cinnamon and clove.
“As Punkin’ Pie progresses a note of hazelnut starts to appear. The sweetness of the finish intensifies with a vanilla bean ice cream flavor.
“The last third of the cigar is magical. A crescendo of flavors delights the taste buds. Cedar wood, caramel, maple syrup, and almonds.
“Punkin’ Pie is a 6×52 Toro that is medium strength and full bodied. The perfect cigar after a huge holiday meal!
“We consider this among the best work we’ve done with Noels Rojas. If you like All My Ex’s and Makin’ Bacon, you’ll absolutely LOVE Punkin’ Pie!
“Total Production: 850”
Once again, the boys at Ezra Zion took care of the review for me.
Note: I gave the Makin’ Bacon a rating of 96. All My Exe’s made No.5 in my Top 25 Cigars of 2015.
I took my photos in bright sunlight which really highlight just how orange this wrapper is. It is gorgeous.
It is oily, sandpaper toothy, and has a medium brown/orange/gingerbread/brindle hued wrapper.
Seams are flawless. Little veins. No redwood trees.
You have to hold it and see it close up to appreciate how perfectly constructed it is. The triple cap is amazing workmanship.
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I smell spice, molasses, cedar, black licorice, honey, and dark chocolate.
From the clipped cap and the foot, I smell red hot pepper, honey, chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, cedar, and nuts.
The cold draw presents flavors of barnyard, red pepper, chocolate, honey, fresh exotic fruit, cedar, espresso, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, and malt.
They weren’t kidding. Right off the bat, a slew of flavors assaults my palate: Strong red pepper (3 Sneezerinos follow), chocolate, malt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and lush creaminess.
My sinuses are draining from the spiciness. Nice to breathe.
Nice amount of tobacco packed into this stick but doesn’t get in the way of a perfect draw.
Strength is a potent medium body.
Malts kick in. The red pepper is quickly becoming much stronger giving off the essence of jalapeno.
I hate clove so I ignore its influence. More flavors: sweet raw hazelnut, vanilla bean, and a meaty element.
Ceylon cinnamon is very different than the usual crap you buy that usually comes from Viet Nam. If you Google it, you will see lots of bad stuff in the cheap cinnamon. The cinnamon from Ceylon ain’t cheap but it is sooo much better tasting and better for you.
So far, construction is perfect as is the burn line. Razor sharp.
The creaminess is like homemade whipped cream.
It appears that I am, indeed, mimicking Ezra Zion’s own review.
Damn. The EZ boys did it again. The Punkin’ Pie is another great blend. Yesterday, I reviewed the Padron Family Series #45 and it wishes it tasted like this cigar…and at less than 1/3 the price.
The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. is killin’ it.
The honey mixes with the newly acquired maple syrup (as advertised) and makes this a sweet treat.
The malts, creaminess, nuts, and chocolate make it an ice cream sundae.
Complexity settled in almost instantly…a couple minutes in at the most. Transitions are traversing at light speed like the acid flashbacks I had in my 30’s.
Strength remains at medium body.
I get a blast of assorted nuts after a sip of water: Hazelnuts, black walnuts, raw almonds (Marzipan), Brazil nuts, and cashews. Wow. No shit.
Again, proving my argument that a cigar with a pedigree means nothing compared to the new young upstarts knocking over the apple carts to bring new and exciting blends to its customers. And at reasonable price points.
This is why I prefer to review boutique brands and blends rather than catalog cigars. We’ve all smoked the drek and it’s the same crap over and over again. Sure, a few are good stuff but most of it is…”been there, done that” style of blending. Stick with what you know. Don’t take chances.
The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. has me so happy that I put in the DVD of “Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Greek Theater” and rock in my seat like Ray Charles. Can’t stop that foot from tapping in rhythm playing the bass lines in my brain. Ha cha cha.
We bypassed Sweet Spot 1.0 and moved right into Sweet Spot 2.5.
The malts and creaminess and all the aforementioned flavors are on after burner. Streaking across my palate like an F-22 Raptor.
I don’t taste maple syrup yet. I look forward to that as I’ve not eaten breakfast and a nice stack of flapjacks sounds really good.
One review after another, lately, has had me raving like a crazy man. I’ve only had one cigar in the last month as good as the Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. and I ain’t saying what it is.
The pumpkin pie spice and the creaminess have me laughing out loud. It’s that good.
While the PP is not a heavy cigar, it is smoking slowly.
The spiciness has pulled back some. I can feel my hands now.
Sammy smells the fragrant aroma and asks me “What is that you’re smoking, ol’ master of my existence?”
I smoked one a few days after I got the sticks. Nada. Patience is a virtue I’ve not yet learned. So, only a couple weeks later and Shazam!
The PP has achieved everything boy scouts try to achieve:
Trustworthiness, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
I love reverent cigar blends.
Smoke time is 55 minutes.
I am a maniac when it comes to Ezra Zion blends. They push all my buttons like no other blend. Totally consistent, complex, flavorful, and they wear nice uniforms.
And then here it is…early…maple syrup. My Lord. It totally gives the blend a whole new twist. It opens the passageways to the synapses in my brain making them snap open and shut at Quick Draw McGraw speed.
The blend is inching towards medium/full.
The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co., at $8.00, is what I remember the best cigars cost a few years ago. Something this good could have cost a whole lot more. But the boys ain’t greedy. This could have been a $12+ stick and no one would blink. I like that.
I started my review late today. Had a doc appointment. Seems that a chimp at the Chicago Zoo needs a brain transplant. So I volunteered. They are doing tests on me now to make sure the chimp doesn’t reject my brain. What will I use, you ask? 3lbs of chopped liver. Won’t make any difference in the way I think.
The finish is a mile long. The depth of character is astounding. Man, I hope Kyle and Chris bring this blend back before next Thanksgiving. If you do see it early, pounce on them. Buy all you can and then go ahead and buy me a bundle of 50. Thank you.
The char line is amazing. Not a single touch up. Construction is impeccable.
I will list the flavors in the last third once again…maybe in a different order? Who knows? This thing is transitioning flavors faster than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
I respect that Kyle and Chris don’t curse like me…or at all for that matter.
But I gotta say it: Holy Fuck!
My precious. My precious.
Smoke time is one hour 20 minutes.
Take your time, big boy…take your time.
No question to it. The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. will make my top 25 list.
In my view, EZ slaughters the competition.
Here is my theory…Kyle and Chris are not of this planet. They are aliens from the planet V774104…only 9.5 billion light years from our sun. The scientists discovered the planet has the same soil as Nicaragua. The boys traveled here via a faster-than-light pod.
Now you know.
OK. The promised flavor profile: Creaminess, malt, pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, red pepper, vanilla, maple syrup, and nuts.
Strength bypasses medium/full and hits full.
Spices explode like a starburst. (I seem to be wrapped up in the Cosmos in this review).
The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. is nearly a perfect blend. I really have zero criticisms. Only high praise.
I could suck on this cigar all day long. If I knew then what I know now, I would have bought 50 of these little bastardos when they came out. Or at least gotten Bryan Kinnaman to buy them for me. He is a wealthy self-made man who specializes in heirloom tomato futures.
After a couple weeks of sub-arctic weather, it will be a nice day topping out at 9°. Balmy. Flip flop weather.
Unexpected new flavors: buttery graham cracker crust and apples.
I realize I’m making some of you crazy writing about a cigar you can’t buy. Sorry. But you never know when the boys bring back blends that were thought to be abandoned in the ethos. If no one reviews the limited blends, were they really here?
The apple flavor is getting stronger. A combo of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp.
The Punkin’ Pie by Ezra Zion Cigar Co. finishes beautifully. Almost no nicotine. Complexity, transitions, finish, and depth of character off the charts.
Write to Ezra Zion and tell them if they don’t bring back the Punkin’ Pie, you will come to live with them in Texas on their 50,000 acre horse and pig ranch.
Final smoke time is 2 hours 5 minutes.
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