May 26, 2014

Ezra Zion Honor Series FHK Character (Belicoso) (6 x 52)











Video review HERE.



Ezra Zion Cigars have been on my radar since I reviewed the Tantrum earlier this year. This cigar is part of their Honor Series. The letters FHK stand for "fathers of Hoover and Kelly", the two owners of Ezra Zion Cigars, Chris Kelly and Kyle Hoover.

This cigar is a belicoso which is also box pressed.




COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Nicaragua

FACTORY:
Nicaragua

WRAPPER:
San Andres Maduro

BINDER:
Indonesian

FILLER:
Brazilian
Nicaraguan


Available in the following vitolas:
"Inspired" 50 x 5.5
"Truth" Box Press 44 x 7.00
"Stature" 54 x 7.00
"Character" Belicoso 52 x 6.00 (reviewed today)


The cigar is a dark brown and well made. The gold and black band is quite beautiful. The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors at light up were a nutty cream with light sweetness, coffee, and white pepper. I expect the cigar to make some changes so I let it sit for a few minutes.



About 3/4 inch in the cigar has not changed much at all. The only change is the addition of light cocoa notes. The cigar is mild to medium in body. The white pepper is rated at a 6.5. The finish is one of roasted nuts and sweet cream with some lingering white pepper. 








Two inches in and there are still not many changes. There are, however, the addition of heavy earth tones. The cigar is still mild to medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. Those of you who enjoy a lighter cigar with earth tones should like this cigar.




At the midpoint the notes of cream and cocoa are sweeter. Their elevated sweetness was a nice change. The earth tones are still heavy and the roasted nuts and coffee are still in play. The finish is unchanged and the cigar is still mild to medium bodied.




The cigar ended with no changes. In a nutshell, this is a mild to medium cigar with lighter notes except for the earth tones. The sweetness of the cream and cocoa was elevated after the midpoint. The cigar consists of notes of cream, cocoa, roasted nuts, earth, and coffee, with white pepper. These are available in shops and run around $9-$10 each.
For my tastes this was a little too mild. Many of you may find this is a great cigar for you. I urge you to try them and let me know what you think.



Score: 87

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