May 03, 2015

Ezra Zion Honor Series Reagan 40th (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

The Ezra Zion Honor Series is devoted to Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Some of the vitolas are the traditional round shape and the "40th" is box pressed. It is also the size I am reviewing today.

Grade "A" Nicaraguan Tobaccos Aged 5 to 6 Years

WRAPPER: 2006 Cuban Seed Sun Grown Habano
BINDER: 2006 Cuban Seed
FILLER: 2007 Cuban Seed Seco, Viso, and Ligero

"President" 54 x 6.75
"40th" Box Press 52 x 6.00
"The Great Communicator" 50 x 5.50
"Peace by Strength" Box Press 48 x 7.00
"Wall Down" 46 x 6.00

The cigar is beautiful. The box press shows up nicely in the picture below.

The wrapper is a dark brown. The cigar is dense also. Here is a shot of the foot.

The cigar is beautiful. The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were semi-sweet boysenberry, dry wood, and earth with some black coffee notes at the base. There was white pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

About one inch in the flavors are about like they were at the beginning but now there is the addition of sweet cedar. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a toasted cream. There is a small amount of lingering white pepper. The burn is pretty much even.

About 2 inches in the flavors are changing quite a bit. I have lost the boysenberry but the sweet cedar has some buttery notes with brown sugar. The earthiness is fading away. The dry wood is still there but subtle. The cigar is medium bodied and moving up. The finish is now a straight sweet cream. 

With about 2 inches remaining the cigar is medium to full bodied. There is strong presence of sweet cedar, brown sugar, dry wood, and coffee, in equal amounts. Everything else is about the same. There is a touch of  brown sugar creeping over to the sweet cream finish. The lingering white pepper has intensified somewhat on the finish.

The cigar ended the same as the previous segment. The dry wood made a jump in the final segment. There was still a touch of buttery notes that hung around but never achieved significant richness. I wish it had the richness in the buttery notes. This is a very good cigar and Ezra Zion fans will probably like it. Another House of Emilio brand available in shops that carry House of Emilio.

Score: 91

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