Brand: Ezra Zion Country: Nicaragua
Size: Prensado Pequeño 4.44 x 44 Wrapper: Corojo
Price: $9.50 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
The Ezra Zion brand is one which I had been dying to try for quite some time. A lot of that had to do with the awesome labels they’ve designed for their cigars. I’d like to meet the guy or gal responsible and shake their hand. I’m not sure what I would do after that. Maybe just walk away awkwardly?
What We Liked:
The reason it took me so long to get around to trying the brand is that there weren’t any shops in the Nashville area that carried it. That changed when Woody’s Smokes and Brews began to carry their sticks. When I went to pick a few up, the Tantrum was the first to catch my eye, due to it’s small size and box pressed-ness. It also didn’t hurt that it was the cheapest of the Ezra Zion lineup available on that day. With how small they are, I’m a little surprised they don’t package them in cool little tins, similar to the Drew Estate Papas Fritas. I’m sure the creator of these labels could come up with a pretty rad tin design.
What We Didn’t Like:
My problems with the Tantrum began immediately, when the wrapper tore as I removed the secondary band on the foot. I didn’t think of this as a bad omen at the time, just as a slightly overzealous glue job. From there, things didn’t get a whole lot better.
The first couple puffs delivered an incredibly spicy pepper bomb. This is the spice equivalent to fat guy in a little coat. The spice is the fat guy in this analogy, ok? I thought he would be more chill, but apparently he’s overcompensating for his small stature by bringing a powerful kick.
The pepper doesn’t die down, but a roasted wood and hay flavor are introduced rather quickly after lighting. As I reached the halfway point, I’m becoming more and more concerned, as the pepper is building in strength and it was already powerful. I’m thankful that I brought a Coke out with me to help bring some sweetness to the dry, earthy and spicy situation taking over my palate.
Fortunately, by the final third the pepper has died down a bit. It’s far less sharp and harsh, making me no longer regret my decision to light the Tantrum up. I’m still not in love, but at least it approaches moderately enjoyable by the end.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I never feel good when I dislike a cigar this much. I’ve heard such great things about this stick, but just didn’t find anything about it that agreed with my palate. I still have an Ezra Zion Reagon as well as an Eminence waiting in my humidor, so I’m hopeful that those will be much more in my preferred flavor profile. As it stands, I can only recommend the Tantrum if you’re all about woody and spicy pepper bombs.