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George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White Corona Gorda by Gran Habano Cigars

Back in 2015, Gran Habano cigars released its second installment of its Zulu Zulu series called the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition. The Zulu Zulu was introduced back in 2011. It originally started as cigars that were a part of Rico’s personal collection. Eventually Rico released two blends and tied it into a cause to benefit the charity Invisible Cause. For the 2011 project, Rico enlisted an artist known as “The Kid” to do the art work for the packaging. With the 2015 Mas Paz Edition, it introduces a new artist, new artwork, and a new charity while keeping the blends the same. The blends in the Mas Paz Edition are officially known as the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White and George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition Black. Today we take a look at the Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White blend in the Corona Gorda format. Overall, I found this to be a solid release by Gran Habano.

The new charitable cause is to benefit La Casa de la Madre y el Niño, an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. For the Mas Paz project, Rico enlisted Federico Frum, a Colombian-born street artist that goes by the name, “Mas Paz”. Frum was himself adopted from La Casa de la Madre y el Niño when he was only a year old. Frum is described as a strong advocate for youth programs. From designed the artwork for the packaging of both the Mas Paz White and Mas Paz Black.

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Packaging of the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White; Photo Credit: Gran Habano Cigars

Without further ado, let’s break down the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White Corona Gorda and see what this cigar brings to the table.

Blend Profile

The Zulu Zulu was originally released in a Nicaraguan Habano (Zulu Zulu Red) and a Connecticut Shade (Zulu Zulu Blue) blend. The Zulu Zulu Mas Paz is essentially a new run of these blends with the new packaging.  The Zulu Zulu Mas Paz White is the Nicaraguan Habano wrapped blend while the Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Black is the Connecticut Shade wrapped blend. Both the Black and White blends were produced in the U.S. at Rico’s G.R. Tabacaleras factory.

For completeness, we list both blends.

George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White

Wrapper: Nicaraugan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: United States (G.R. Tabacalaeras)

George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition – Black

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: United States (G.R. Tabacalaeras)

Vitolas Available

Both the Ecuadorian Habano (Black) and Nicaraguan Habano (White) blends are available in the following sizes:

Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46
Rolo: 6 x 54
Lancero: 7 1/2 x 40

Each of the three sizes are offered in 20 count boxes and feature Mas Paz’s artwork.

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Open box of the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White (Lancero Shown); Photo Credit: Gran Habano Cigars

Appearance

The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper of the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White has a strong rosado tint to it. Upon closer examination, some darker marbling can be seen on the surface. The wrapper itself has some oil on the surface. There are also visible veins and visible wrapper seams on the surface of a cigar. Affixed to the cap is a small pig-tail.

The cigar itself is covered in a wax paper-like wrap that features a black and white mosaic design by Maz Paz. This matches the artwork on the boxes. When the paper wrap is removed, it reveals a very simple white colored band. This band features the text “ZULU ZULU by George Rico” in black font.

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George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White Corona Gorda – paper covering removed

 

Preparation for the Cigar Experience

As opposed to pulling the pig-tail off the cap of the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda, I went with a straight cut and removed the entire cap. Once the cap was successfully removed, I moved on to the pre-light draw experience. I found the dry draw to deliver a mix of slightly sweet cinnamon, floral, and some earth notes. Overall I considered this to be a very good pre-light draw. At this point, I was ready to light up the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda and see what the smoking stage would have in store.

Flavor Profile

The Mas Paz White Corona Gorda started out with notes of natural tobacco and cinnamon. These flavors became the primary notes early on. I also got a slight floral note in the background along with a subtle pepper note. Meanwhile the retro-hale produced a mix of baker’s spice and pepper.

During the first half, I found the flavor profile of the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda to stay consistent. In the forefront, the natural tobacco and cinnamon varied in intensity. I did find the natural tobacco also had a lingering effect on the after-draw.

Later in the second third of the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda, I found the natural tobacco note take control as the primary note. The cinnamon flavor receded and became a close secondary note. At the same time, the I found the pepper increased – also becoming a close secondary note. This profile remained with the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda right until the end. The resulting nub was firm to the touch and cool in temperature.

Burn and Draw

Overall from a burn standpoint, the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda scored quite well. The burn path remained straight from start to finish. The burn line had a slight curvature from time to time, but I didn’t find this to be a cigar that required an excessive amount of touch-ups. The resulting ash was a very light gray with some darker speckling in it. The ash itself was tight and firm. As for the combustion, the burn rate and burn temperature were both ideal.

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Burn of the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White (Photo Credit: Gran Habano Cigars)

There was a touch of resistance on the draw – which is something I like. Overall I found the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda to be a low maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.

Strength and Body

From a strength perspective, I found the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda pretty much fell right in the middle of the spectrum. I assessed this cigar as being a medium strength cigar from start to finish. As for the flavors, there was some weight on the palate. Overall I assessed the Mas Paz White Corona Gorda as being medium to full-bodied from start to finish. When looking past strength versus body, I gave the body the edge from start to finish.

Final Thoughts

Flavor-wise, I found the George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition White Corona Gorda to be quite enjoyable. If there is on negative on this cigar, it isn’t going to be a cigar that is going to offer significant change-ups from start to finish. However, the flavors delivered kept things interesting from start to finish. This is a cigar that I would recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast. It is also a cigar that I’d recommend to a novice looking to graduate to something on the “medium-full” side. As for myself, it’s one I’d smoke again, and worthy of picking up a five pack.

Summary

Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Low
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Excellent
Assessment: 3.0-The Fiver
Score: 88

References

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