The Ezra Zion Tantrum was pre-released to select retailers in April and will be officially launched at IPCPR this year. Tantrum is presented in boxes of 28. The total annual production is 1500 boxes and is considered a limited edition.

Since this isn’t fully released, I will re-review the Tantrum after IPCPR.

Lets go!

Ezra Zion Tantrum

Vitola: Presado Pequeno

Size: 4 x 44 Box Press

Wrapper:  Vintage Nicaraguan 99 Corojo Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan 98 Criollo

Filler: 5-7 Year Aged Nicaraguan Ligero

Beverage: Sweet Tea

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Three

Smoking Time: 30 Minutes

Price Point: $9.5

Cigar Provided By: Chris Kelly of Ezra Zion

Overall Thoughts: Good cigar, for me the size and keeps it out of the great category. I think Charlie and I from Halfwheel agree on this point. I love the inside of the band which asks people to tweet in a very simple way. The flavor of the cigar is good with a very woody sweetness, a chili flake pepper up front which extends into the middle, and then mellows into a nice creamy oak. The end changed drastically in flavor and turned into a raw cocoa, which was slightly bitter. The smoke production on the Tantrum was amazing, which can be attributed to the soft box press. The construction was not what I have come to expect from Ezra Zion. The box press was very soft, typical of this size cigar. The closer I got to the end the softer the Tantrum got. The overall size of the cigar is too small IMHO. I think if you bump the Tantrum up to a corona gorda (5.25 x 46) with a regular roll vs. a box press, the cigar becomes even better.

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Comment by Catfishbluezz on July 2, 2013 at 12:45pm

I am waiting to review these for another couple months.  I have had many experiences where cigars change in the first 6 months off the rolling table.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on July 2, 2013 at 12:45pm

They are selling like wildfire at my shop though, people love these things.


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on July 2, 2013 at 2:05pm

Really? I have never seen cigar construction get better with time. Do you have a specific example? How many do you think they have sold?


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Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on July 2, 2013 at 3:16pm

Since I am sharing a booth with the Ezra guys (House of Emilio) I will just say that I will steal as many of these cigars as I can when they are not looking. Just sayin...yea...that good.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on July 2, 2013 at 3:23pm
Not construction mainly, but flavor absolutely. In my experience, it takes 6 months from the table. I can think of plenty of examples I've had over the years that improved dramatically after 6 months down if they were fresh.

As far as construction goes, I haven't had that issue with the ones I had. Haven't seem anyone complain either. Every time I'm in my shop, someone is smoking one and raving about it honestly.

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Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on July 2, 2013 at 3:28pm

I would agree. I have had plenty of cigars that get "better with age." - matter of fact...several cases lately. In this case...any changes will be pretty subtle. Great out of the gate.


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on July 2, 2013 at 3:30pm

Agree that flavors will marry and get better, but I was referring to the construction.


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Comment by Kyle Hoover on July 2, 2013 at 3:32pm

Logan, you might have got one of the samples we brought back with us from Nica when we finalized the blend. Because we were on a schedule, we didn't have time to allow them to go through the 24 hour box press period. They were in the press for about 45 mins. We gave Halfwheel some of the same batch of Pre-Release samples and got the same feedback on the softness of the cigar. Boxed pressed cigars are rolled slightly loose (soft) to allow for the pressing process. Otherwise it will pinch off the cigar from giving you any smoke. It will be P.U.B.A.R. (Plugged Up Beyond All Recognition). 

The main production isn't spongy. I chain smoke the TANTRUM on a daily basis & the pet-peeve of all my life is a spongy cigar! :)  Also, haven't had any complaints from retailers/customers about construction issues. Actually quite the opposite. Three 93 ratings in the past week isn't too bad.


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Comment by Kyle Hoover on July 2, 2013 at 3:33pm

Nomad! You can have as many Tantrums as you want brotha! See you at the show!


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on July 2, 2013 at 3:37pm

Send me the bum cigars and send Rob the good ones. I see how this works now :)

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