As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I unveil #3 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #2!
#3 Ezra Zion Tantrum
In 2012, the team behind Cigar Federation decided to enter into the premium cigar world and created Ezra Zion Cigars. (DISCLAIMER: While ownership has not changed, management of this site has. The Ezra Zion Cigars team is not involved in day-to-day operations of this site, has no editorial power on this site's content, and have no impact - either way - on our rankings nor reviews) The brand surprised many in 2012 as it received much critical acclaim for its two releases - Reagan and Inception, now Jamais Vu - both of which were on the medium side. In early 2013, the brand announced they had set out to produce a small cigar with bold flavor and released the #3 cigar on our list - the Ezra Zion Tantrum.
Blended at Tabacalera Tropical, the Tantrum includes 5-7 year aged Nicaraguan Ligero filler, with a Nicaraguan 98 Criollo all inside a Vintage Nicaragua 99 Corojo Rosado wrapper. The vitola is a 4.44x44 "Prensado Pequeno" that Kyle tells us is because one partner of the Ezra Zion team has "OCD" and "wanted even numbers" so "when you look on the box you see all 4s"! The Tantrum is scheduled to be an annual Limited Edition with only 1500 boxes of 28 produced.
"I thought the rugged look of the wrapper was a nice juxtaposition to the elegant bands. It was like a UFC fighter wearing a suit."
"The wrapper smelled like a cinnamon graham cracker while the foot smelled of unsweetened cocoa powder."
"This 4.4x44 powerhouse packs a lot of punch with a chocolate-chile flavor that I found really enjoyable."
You can read Logan's Pre-Release review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum here.
You can read Robby's Pre-Release review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum here.
You can read Dustin's review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum here.
You can read Matt's short review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum in his Week In Review from 9/17/13 here.
You can read Covering Your Ash's review of the Ezra Zion Tantrum here.
You can see Ezra Zion Cigars on CigarChat here.
You can see the Ezra Zion Tantrum discussed on Half Ashed here.
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