Ezra Zion CigarsThe Ezra Zion Cigar Company was founded in 2012 by Kyle Hoover & Chris Kelly, two friends whose shared passion for premium handmade cigars inspired them to create Cigar Federation, a social networking site for "brothers of the leaf," and some of the best Nicaraguan cigars you can buy. Based in Texas, the Ezra Zion name comes from something else the two young partners share; the names of the two children that Chris and Kyle lost, respectively, and are now remembered through the success of these critically-acclaimed boutique cigars. Their experience with Cigar Federation gave them an up-close and personal view of what cigar smokers want in their cigars. So, with the help of some incredibly talented Central American tobacco blenders, and distribution through House of Emilio, Ezra Zion has produced such regular production lines as Eminence, Jamais Vu, FHK, Tantrum, and All My Exes.
Ezra Zion EminenceEzra Zion Eminence cigars were the company's first venture into a non-puro blend. Using Grade AA Nicaraguan tobaccos aged 5-7 years as the core filler & binder blend, the kicker for this selection is a long-aged Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. The result is a flavor profile that's been described as having dark, leathery, brown sugar and molasses notes with hints of cream and a subtle peppery finish.
Ezra Zion "Honor Series" FHKThe "FHK" brand letters stand for "Fathers of Hoover and Kelly." This "tribute" selection was so-named after Kyle and Chris discovered that their forefathers were war heroes, ministers, statesman, and entrepreneurs in their own rite. As the second release in their Honor Series, Chris Kelly notes that they had two goals in mind for the FHK: "We wanted to use unique tobaccos from several different countries, and we wanted to offer a lower price-point than our other lines." The blend consists of Brazilian and Nicaraguan long-fillers, Indonesian binder, and a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. As for its taste, Kyle Hoover says: "It reminds me of a creamy, dark, malty micro-brew, and continually intrigues me every time I smoke it."