The Ezra Zion FHK, released in January of this year, is part of the company’s Honor Series. The initials stand for “Fathers of Hoover and Kelly,” after the owners, Kyle Hoover and Chris Kelly. This is our fourth review of an Ezra Zion cigar. The first one, Jamais Vu (then called Inception) was our #1 cigar of 2012 and the second one, Tantrum, was our #1 cigar of 2013. So it is with great anticipation that we review the Ezra Zion FHK.
CIGAR STATS: The FHK, rolled at the Plasencia factory in Nicaragua, comes cloaked in a gorgeous San Andres Maduro that hides an Indonesian binder with filler leaves from Nicaragua and Brazil. It is available in the following four vitolas: Inspired (5.5 x 50, $9), Character (6 x 52 Belicoso, $10), Truth (7 x 44, $9), and Stature (7 x 54, $10). I have smoked the Truth and the Inspired and this review deals with the latter.
APPEARANCE: The wrapper is dark brown and toothy. The veins are minimal and the triple cap is near seamless. Being the digitally-progressive company that they are, the inside of the main band displays the company’s website.
THE SMOKE: The FHK opens with coffee, chocolate, and wood. The second third retains the coffee and wood while also adding some pepper and earthy tones. The final third welcomes the chocolate back into the fold with a hint more of the pepper, but it’s the earthy tones that dominate the remainder of the cigar. The draw, burn, and ash were all spot-on.
VERDICT: The Ezra Zion FHK is a smooth, mild-to-medium smoke with a decent amount of character. It wont overpower you but it will definitely keep you interested. For more information on the FHK or the entire line of Ezra Zion cigars, visit www.ezrazion.com – Jason Zahner