The Tantrum P.A. by the Ezra Zion Cigar Company, makers of the popular Jamais Vu and FHK, is the follow-up release to the limited edition, original Tantrum (my #1 cigar of 2013). The P.A. in the name stands for “Passive Aggressive” which the company says is in reference to the “strength-mild-strength dynamic when smoking the cigar.”
CIGAR STATS: Produced at the the TABSA factory and distributed by House of Emilio, the Tantrum P.A. comes dressed in a Cuban Seed Corojo ‘99 with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The Tantrum P.A. is available in one size, a 6½ x 44 box-pressed Lonsdale, and is presented in boxes of 28 with a total annual production of just 700 boxes and a suggested single-stick retail price of $9.95.
APPEARANCE: The Corojo wrapper that encases the Tantrum P.A. is medium brown with hints of red and some slight discoloration here and there. All of that may sound bad but it actually makes for a very sleek-looking cigar. The veins and oils are minimal and the head is topped off with a clean triple cap. And while the pack is a bit firm, it’s not rock hard.
THE SMOKE: Pepper, wood, and natural tobacco dominate the first third of the Tantrum P.A. The smoke is thick and heavy and there is a very faint underlying sweetness that gradually gets stronger as I approach the second third, which happens to be the mildest portion of the cigar. The final third kicks it back up a notch in the spice department, but not quite as strong as the first third, and the aforementioned sweetness mingles nicely with a touch of earthiness and some leather as the review draws to a close.
VERDICT: With the Tantrum P.A., Ezra Zion has another winner on their hands. The Tantrum P.A. is a medium-to-full bodied cigar with well-balanced flavors, excellent construction, and an abundance of meaty, aromatic smoke. For more information on the Tantrum P.A. or the entire line of Ezra Zion cigars, visit: www.ezrazion.com – Jason Zahner