Cigar Federation  The Collective by Ezra Zion Cigar company

Wrapper: San Andrés Café Claro (Mexican)
Double Binder: Nicaraguan (Criollo and Corojo)
Filler: Nicaraguan featuring Medio Tiempo
Prensado box-press: 6 1/4 x 52
Price: $10.99 (Sold in boxes of five and ten)

This cigar was assessed in depth on Cigar Coop.

As we exclusively broke news on a couple of weeks ago, Cigar Federation is releasing their first cigar called “The Collective”. The cigar was blended by Ezra Zion Cigar Company at the Casa Fernandez factory in Miami. The project marks what could be considered to be Ezra Zion’s first retail-exclusive cigar.

The blend is perhaps most interesting. For starters, the San Andrés Café Claro is a wrapper that Ezra Zion has said has not never been used before on a cigar. The Collective also features a double binder. Finally, the cigar incorporates medio tiempo primings in the tobacco. Medio tiempo is a high priming leaf that is found on only a small amount of cigar crops. It is a leaf that gets the most sunlight and nutrients, so it tends to produce a fuller strength, fuller-bodied cigar.

THe Collective is going to start off with a mix of red pepper, sweet cedar, earth, and some chocolate. A tea note is going to emerge replacing the chocolate note – and it is the tea and red pepper notes that will dominant. There also is an underlying sweetness along the way. There is a slight creamy note on the finish.

This is definitely a cigar you want to retro-hale as you also pick up the red pepper.

The flavors are medium to full-bodied. The strengths starts out medium to full, but I think increases by the second half. In the end the second half of this cigar is going to have some kick as this is full strength.

Unique flavors to match a unique blend. I kind of wish this cigar had one more month of age on it. I think it will really develop into something nice.