George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White
The Zulu Zulu Mas Paz by Gran Habano was released in 2015 and is the second edition in the Zulu Zulu project. The cigar packaging features artwork from Mas Paz, a Columbian born street artist. A portion of the cigar sales benefit La Casa de la Madre y el Niño, the orphanage Mas Paz was adopted from.
Produced in Miami, the Zulu Zulu Mas Paz comes in two wrapper options: Ecuadorian Connecticut known as the Black Edition and Nicaraguan Habano known as the White Edition. Available vitolas include: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 by 46), Rolo (6 by 54), and Lancero (7 1/4 by 40).
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Size: 5 5/8 by 46
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
The Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White wears a medium brown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper that is has a heavy oily sheen to it. There are a couple of prominent veins on the leaf, bumps, a fine tooth, and dark color imperfections. I do not encounter any soft spots as I inspect the cigar as it is firmly filled from head to foot.
Both on the wrapper and foot of the cigar, there is a woodsy flavor and a light spice. The wrapper is a bit more cedar and the foot more generic. The cigar comes to an end with a pigtailed cap. After a clean cut, a perfect draw opens up and allows cold draw flavors of rich cedar and potpourri spices.
The cigar opens with a mixture of leather, wood and an orange tang. There are some light spices at play including a touch of salt and a bit of pepper that lingers on the finish. The flavors are in between mild and medium. The Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White burns well as a dark gray ash forms.
Pulling into the second third of the Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White, the leather and orange tang hold strong, while the woodsy flavor from earlier is more of a charred wood. The flavors have definitely picked up, along with the pepper spice. More in the medium range and steadily increasing. I am also feeling a bit of a nicotine kick.
A sweetness has entered the profile like a caramelized sugar. It may be the charred wood that may be giving it the caramelized flavor. The core flavors of leather and orange haven’t backed off even as I close out the cigar.
I really liked everything about this cigar. From the size to the flavors, the Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White Corona Gorda has a lot going for it. A steadily progressing flavor profile showed off a unique leather and orange combo, a medium pepper spice, and some sweetness near the end. While the ash wasn’t overly pretty, the cigar burned just about perfect for over an hour. This is a cigar I highly recommend you go out and find.