Like most of you, Ezra Zion was a company I did not know much about, and in turn, never tried one of their cigars until now. This Jamais Vu was a gift from House of Emilio founder Gary Griffith and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Nicaraguan Puro that deserves every one of the awards that has been bestowed upon it.
The story behind the name, ‘Ezra Zion’ is one for the ages. The company has three founders of which two lost children at a very young age whose names were Ezra and Zion. The company is a fairly new boutique brand that is quickly making quite a name for itself. The passion behind these cigars speaks for itself.
This Nicaraguan Puro is produced in the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. in Nicaragua by the guys behind the Casa Fernandez. She is dressed in a stunning Cuban-seed Corojo ’99 wrapper that is accessorized by an elegant band that screams class. Her light brown leather wrapper envelopes a double binder of Cuban-seed Corojo ’99 and Cuban-seed Corojo ’98 harvested in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The Viso, Ligero and Medio Tiempo fillers are all Cuban-seed Corojo ’99 from a 2007 crop. This Exquisito Box press stands proudly at 6.25 x 52 with a triple cap.
I write this as I’m smoking it so the review is coming first hand from mouth to keyboard. Before firing her up I sensed notes of coffee, cocoa, deep earth, fruits and spices. The lighted aroma was very similar. She produced those same deep earthy flavors with fruits and spice mixed with a hint of floral notes. This Nicaraguan lady started to get a little spicier as I entered the first third of our rendezvous. I guess I have to remember what my mother always told me, ‘Never judge a book by its cover Ash’ because her outer cover led me to believe she was a coy young lady. Guess not, but I like spicy surprises every now and then to keep me on my toes. Who likes a boring date? I sensed more coffee on her breath after our next kiss. This girl is full of flavor.
She has a very nice long, lingering finish that held strong on my palate between smooches. I am sensing that this bombshell is going to maintain medium-bodied strength but full flavors throughout our evening together. She is even producing a nice burn line and long, tight charcoal ash. Her smoke output is also impressive. Wow, so far the perfect Latina – a classic Nicaraguan Puro.
Into the second third we go. I poured myself another dram of Bushmills Irish Whisky in honor of good ol’ St. Patrick. I now taste more of those floral notes I spoke about earlier. The flavors remain consistent to my initial senses of floral, earth, coffee, and spice.
Our night cap wasn’t as exciting as the opener but she remained true to form. Her burn line remained razor sharp, the smoke continued to cloud my cigar cave with palpable aromas, and her flavors continued as described above. Her strength remained at medium-bodied.
Overall, I really enjoyed this evening alone with Jamais Vu. She bedazzled the pants off me for sure and I am looking forward to another date with this fine tasting Latina. I can’t say enough about how tasty she was. This is definitely one of the best tasting cigars that I have had in a while. Her finish was absolutely memorable. Plus, she maintained her flavors, aroma and burn line beautifully and her spicy surprise really intrigued me. Nothing was overpowering or over-the-top , a perfect blend if you ask me.
As noted earlier, I paired this with a Bushmills Irish Whisky since it was St. Patrick’s day and I felt like paying homage to the Irish even though I am a full-blooded Italian. I also believe this cigar would pair perfectly with a cup of espresso or another rich coffee.
Made by Ezra Zion
Blend: Grade “A” Nicaraguan Tobaccos Aged 5 to 6 years
Wrapper: 1999 Cuban-seed 2007 crop Corojo
Binder #1: 1999 Cuban-seed 2007 crop Corojo
Binder #2: 1998 Cuban-seed 2006 crop Corojo
Filler: 1999 Cuban-seed 2007 crop – Medio Tiempo, Viso, Ligero
Strength: Medium – Full