5/23/18

Gran Habano Cigars S.T.K. Zulu Zulu "Mas Paz" Black in Corona Gorda - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz


"Shortly before last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, George Rico announced his latest project-- ZULU ZULU Mas Paz Edition. It was an extension to Gran Habano’s S.T.K. line of cigars made in Miami. ... Mas Paz gets its name from the Colombian street artist Federico Frum, who goes by the name Mas Paz. The packaging for the release was designed by Mas Paz and a portion of the sales will be donated to La Casa de la Madre y el Niño, an orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia." -www.Halfwheel.com

I reviewed the Zulu Zulu white HERE.
(There's also some more backstory there.)

Gran Habano Zulu Zulu Black
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
FORMAT: Corona Gorda
ORIGIN: G.R. Tabacalaeras, USA

Wait, so you're telling me the "White" blend is stronger than the "Black" one? Does Louis Farrakhan know about this horseshit??? Sour notes lurch ahead of their sweet overtone brethren but do, themselves, have some sweetness. Very bright tones laced with light herbal and floral notes which rather uniquely fill the bitter note realm. Undertones are a separate bitter which is lightly toasted and a vegetal savory aspect. Pepper-spices are hither & thither, ebbing & flowing. Mellow all-round. Other than that light toasting, the notes are rather raw. Even with the rawness and sour lead, there is no bite and scant acidity. Saltiness attaches to grain in the 3/3. Mild-medium at its flavor apex.

Nicely and interestingly balanced. Though I wouldn't claim this GH to be complex, nor would I claim it to be attempting that. Some light nuances stave off boredom. Unfortunately, the thing is about as deep as... something not so deep? It's a bit early in the day for analogies, Gentlepersons. In fact, it's as early as... ah, fuck it.
  • Spices (cardamon, allspice)
  • Citrus (orange & lemon pith)
  • Herbal (lemongrass, cilantro, white tea leaves)
  • Floral (chamomile)
  • Pepper (white)
  • Butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Grain (cereal -- Corn Flakes?) 
  • Earth (hay, dirt)
I already dealt-some with the body, I'll add here the keywords of: soft, smooth, cool. Finish is virtually nonexistent as one might expect from what one's read thus far. Some slight tanginess. It does finish quite clean, tho. To the extent that twixt puffs, it a lot like not smoking a cigar at all. The strength of this Zulu Zulu cannot go to the beach for fear of having sand kicked in its face. Makes for a pretty chill experience, though. Mild bodied & mild strength'd, to put it all or both plainly. It's a tick like an aperitif for another smoke.

Combustion is very cool for as fast as it is. Needs to be puffed oft. A bit of a wavy line happens if you let it overly cool/rest. As far as construction, the thing is rolled rather softly, but not as softly as the White. No isolated hard/soft spots.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59


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