Way back before I was a mod here, I won a box of the first edition of Zulu Zulu from a Robby Ras Christmas contest. And I was extremely pleased to find out that I really enjoyed that cigar. So, I was very excited to get to try the new Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition. Hopefully, it stands up to the bar set from year one.
George Rico STK Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition - White by Gran Habano Cigars
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: ~$9.00
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
This is a very veiny cigar. There are two large veins and a multitude of smaller veins, criss-crossing the wrapper. And there were a few bad seams, with a couple of spots that feel a little soft. Hate to start off with negatives, but there they are and hopefully they are negligible. The prelight is pretty normal. Cedar, tobacco, earth and a little spice, and the cold draw doesn't have much to talk about. Really just tastes like raw tobacco and a little bit of cedar. There is a little spice that shows up as an after note though.
The first third has a nice, creamy cedar note to start. And there actually aren’t a whole lot of flavors that I am picking up at this point, but I can feel something building. Then as I near the end of this third, it finally makes its appearance. A very nice mushroom note, that has a long finish and that “meaty” mushroom flavor. The burn was steady and mostly straight, with a nice ash and medium smoke production. So far just a low medium in body and strength, but it is just getting started.
The second third was really very similar. The meaty mushroom flavors dominated and a long creamy finish was always present. It was pretty much just like cream of mushroom soup flavor. Wavy but good burn, strong ash and decent smoke. Nothing to fault here. The strength also moved up into the upper part of medium, with a full amount of flavor from the mushroom notes.
Final third gets stronger in body and strength, and the mushroom starts to get overpowered by a woodiness. But it remains an earthy note, with a creamy finish that lingers and lingers. There is also a little spice note on the finish, that keeps things interesting. I found that I didn’t want to put this cigar down. Even as I got to the nub and my lips and fingers got hot, I kept puffing away. Always going back for more of the delicious flavors. The Mas Paz ended on the full side of medium, with a great burn and solid ash.
So. How did the Mas Paz stack up against the original? Not bad at all. They are definitely two different cigars, but both are nub-able every time. So much flavor was packed into this little corona gorda. And as always, anytime I can enjoyable nub a cigar, I know that it really was good. I think it would be worth grabbing half a box while these are around.
Rating: 90 AKA “Box Split"