June 13, 2015

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA (6 1/2 x 44)

Video review HERE.

The Ezra Zion Cigar Company launched a line extension to its Tantrum line at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.  The Ezra Zion Tantrum P.A. is a lonsdale format.  While this cigar is a different size, it is also a different blend.

The “P.A.” stands for “Passive Aggressive” and as described by Ezra Zion co-founder Kyle Hoover "the cigar has more strength in the early stages, then it mellows in the second third before ramping up on the final third".

Ezra Zion says they did not have the tobaccos from the original Ezra Zion Tantrum to create another cigar, but they looked for tobaccos that would deliver a cigar that incorporates some of the profiles of the original. 

Ezra Zion is considering making the Tantrum series an annual release, but a final decision hasn’t been made.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitolas Available:

The Ezra Zion Tantrum P.A. will be available in one size – a 6 1/2 x 44 lonsdale.  
A total of 600 boxes were made.

I reviewed the original Tantrum last year and it was one of the best cigars I reviewed in 2014. Since this is a different blend I am curious as to whether this cigar will be as good as the original.

The cigar is very well made and beautiful to look at. It is box pressed.

The gauge of the cigar is the same as the original Tantrum; 44, and they stretched the length to a lonsdale at 6 1/2 inches.

Here is a shot of the foot:

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good with just a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were orange citrus and graham crackers with nice sweetness, along with some brown sugar and dry wood. There was white pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

About 1 1/2 inches in the citrus notes are overshadowed by the heavy graham cracker and cinnamon. The dry wood is also very prominent. The cigar is very meaty, almost like a good steak. The cigar is a tad over medium bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with some dry wood and a little lingering white pepper.

Into the second third the cigar is a sweet cedar, brown sugar, and cinnamon with quite a bit of influence from the dry wood and there is now light coffee at the base. The strength does not appear to have changed much but it possibly went down just a tad. The finish is about the same.

The cigar ended at a definite medium to full bodied. It really amped up! The flavors are a sweet cedar, cinnamon, and brown sugar with dry wood. The light coffee is still at the base. The pepper seems to be wanting to transition to a black pepper. The finish is about the same. The strength of the cigar is the big news here at the end. This cigar is not, after having it, the same as the original Tantrum. However, it is very good. The flavors are somewhat similar and do remind me of the original, which I liked a little better. But, this is a good cigar in it's own right and lovers of the original will like this one as well.

Score: 92

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