5 years ago in Aug 2012, a small boutique company no one had ever heard of set up their tiny booth in the "new brands" section at the IPCPR trade show. Armed with only one cigar named "Inception" we set out with no experience, no slick sales-pitch and just let the tobacco do the talking.
5 years later...here we are! Still breaking all the rules...Making cigars our way...Finding and using the best rare tobaccos...Creating unique and experiential packaging...And treating our customers, the #EzraZionNation, like FAMILY!
The 5 Year Anniversary brings together our favorite cigar elements over the last 5 years. Our favorite looking cigar? The Exquisito box press (featured on Inception and Eminence). Coolest looking cigar feature? The broom foot (featured on Burnt Ends). Favorite filler? Medio Tiempo (featured in Brass Knuckles and Jamais Vu). Favorite packaging feature? The wax seal (featured on Blessed Leaf Doxology).
The band on the 5 Year Anniversary features a die cut "5" symbolizing that for 5 years we've cut our own path as a cigar company and never followed the crowd.
The 5 Year Anniversary is wrapped in a vintage Ecuadoran Habano Rosado leaf. Fillers are from all over the world. We had our "tobacco spies" investigating tobaccos for us in Peru, Indonesia, all over Nica, and Cuba (yes, Cuba. Draw your own conclusions. We have no further comment on that).
The 5 Year Anniversary is a 6.5x52 prensado Churchill. Full bodied and Med/Full strength.
First light is freaking rapturous! A creamy wave washes over the palate instantly coating the tongue with flavors of burnt sugar, caramel, and licorice. A bold leather brings perfect body to the blend. The retrohale is warm with hints of wasabi--tamed beautifully by the years of aging.
Suddenly, the burn reaches the wrapper leaf and everything intensifies! Flavors become even more rich and full. Espresso, mesquite wood, and raw cacao nibs are added to the mix. The retrohale grows in strength adding an element of black pepper.
As it progresses, the 5 Year Anniversary gets even better. The blend becomes more "round" and elegant. Bourbon flavor--complete with charred oak barrel--emerges. The finish brings notes of vanilla and reminds me of sugar cookies. Phenomenal!
The last third begins with the addition of brown sugar and cayenne pepper. The burn is cool and straight. It's euphoric right down to the nub!
If you only buy one cigar this year it needs to be the 5 Year Anniversary! We spared no expense on this project to make the best Ezra Zion yet. You better hurry because if our past few releases are any indication...these will be SOLD OUT fast!
On a personal note, we want to thank you all for your support of Ezra Zion. We can only do what we do because of you. We love you all and are so thankful for you!
Total Production: 725 // Shipping begins 8-16