Cigar: MonteCristo Platinum Series
Line: Platinum Series
Size: Churchill (7×50)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
The cigar is wrapped in a lovely light brown Mexican tobacco leaf. It has very few veins and a slight sheen to it. There is a slightly soft spot towards the middle of the stick but other than that it is well filled and well rolled.
Flavor & Cold Draw
The Platinum Series gives off the distinct smell of rich cocoa bean and tobacco. The cold draw leaves a unique but pleasant tanginess on the tongue, something I have never tasted before. Once lit, the flavor is that of tobacco, cocoa and toasted nuts. It is a bit stronger than most Montecristos but I wouldn’t necessarily call it medium bodied. The flavor is gentle and mild with no spice or peppery notes. There is a hint of creaminess towards the last 3rd with a bit more emphasis on the cocoa taste and a hint of fruit and sweetness.
Burn & Smoking Characteristics
The burn is perfectly even and slow. The entire stick takes about 95 minutes, and I tend to be a fast smoker. The ash hangs on for a good 1 ½ in to 2 inches before the initial ash. The draw is easy and produces lots of flavorful smoke.
Even though I prefer a stronger cigar, I did appreciate the construction and complexity of the Montecristo Platinum Series. I paired it with a glass of Keel and Curley’s Peach wine which brought out the underlying sweetness of the cigar. I would rate it an 8 and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice mild to medium cigar.