A wonderful evening with Ezra Zion
Dustin introduced me with the owners of Ezra Zion Alan and Chris, thanks Dustin. I was in touch with Chris how to get some more Inception cigars. Then I was informed that they are coming to Nicaragua for a business trip. This is how my friendship started with Ezra Zion. Finally I invited them to my house yesterday and I am glad they were able to come and join me for few smokes.
I know many cigar maskers but Alan, Kyle and Chris are very different. I had a good feeling when we exchanged few emails. They are not only making a cigar- they have a statement with the name Ezra Zion which is very close to my certain believe. It was very interesting to discover that we share a lot of common political views and values. Though we were supposed to talk a lot about cigar but we end up talking more about Foreign Affairs (which is one of my favorite subjects).
However, we also discussed a lot of Ezra Zion cigar, their goal and vision about their product. Whenever I smoke a new cigar, I also want to understand and learn about the background information. Otherwise it is not fun for me to smoke a new cigar. The great thing about Ezra Zion is simple- they market whatever they enjoy smoking. I learned about their business ethics and their production process. Indeed, Ezra Zion is not only a cigar maker; these guys are also trying to make a statement with a target to fulfill the taste buds of a small group of smokers. I was honored to smoke one of their upcoming prototype blend and waiting to smoke another.
I can see that they have a similar strategy as Bill Paley of La Palina. They started the venture with an expensive cigar with quality and confidence just the way La Palina introduced their 1896 Robusto Limited Edition in 2011. After learning about their business model, I am very encouraged to see some more exceptional blends from Ezra Zion.
On a side note, Alan, Kyle and Chris are wonderful guys. If you have a chance say hello to them. They are not like many cigar makers who simply came to this business to make money. Lately, I was losing my hope with Nicaraguan cigars and end up smoking very limited Nicaraguan puros. All I can feel is Ezra Zion will not go with the traditional flow rather than come up with some really good Nicaraguan cigars. They were also very kind and gifted me some Ezra Zion Inception and Reagan cigars.
It was a great evening with some great people. I am very glad that I was able to meet these genuine and sincere BOTLs.