Cigar Review in 300 Words or Less – Ezra Zion Honor Series Reagan 40th

 

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The Ezra Zion Reagan (first in their Honor Series), is a great semi-occasional cigar when you’re thinking about impressing some friends, but don’t want to break the bank. At upwards of $10, this good sized cigar (6 x 52) is not the best value for an “everyday smoke,”  but it’s a great for celebrating a special moment.

From the outset, everything about this cigar is appealing. The smooth wrapper resembles dark chocolate with a bit of sheen. The veins are not pronounced, and the seamless cap is perfectly applied. The cigar feels well-packed when squeezed. The main band bears the Ezra Zion logo, while a second band at the foot bears the words “Reagan Honor Series” in embossed gold.

The pre-light aroma from the wrapper is of aged tobacco and oak while the foot has an aroma of deliciously sweet chocolate accentuated with dark cocoa.  The initial draws were flavorful; chocolate, pepper, coffee. The burn line remained near perfect throughout, with solid light gray ash firmly holding. A good amount of smoke with each draw. The Nicaraguan qualities of this medium-full level strength cigar emerge early on, and remain for the duration. Overall, a very satisfying smoke.

(Many thanks to John D’Oliver of House of Emilo, who introduced me to Ezra Zion Cigars at an event at That Cigar Place in Houston, and recommended the Honor Series Reagan 40th cigar)

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