Cigar Review: Montecristo Platinum

  • Made by: Montecristo
  • Wrapper: Mexican Cubano
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Length: 6.1”

The Montecristo brand was born in Cuba in 1935. Its origins stem from the popular tradition in the old Cuban cigar factories where stories were recited to the rollers to help pass the long work days. One of the more popular stories during that time was The Count of Montecristo – so popular that it became a brand all its own. In 1995, during the peak of the cigar boom, the non-Cuban version was introduced to the US and has been pretty much a best-seller ever since.

Altadis introduced the Montecristo Platinum as a fuller-flavored alternative to its other, standard Dominican version. It came in a platinum-colored metal tube and is fashioned with a signature Zino Platinum logo embossment and a gold plated band. I found the wrapper to be oily and smooth to the touch with a milk chocolate color. It’s a bit soft to the touch so the tighter draw surprises me when I light it.

After a while the cigar opens up though. Chocolate was the overwhelming flavor in this cigar but there are also subtle and constant spice notes. I also find notes of leather and nuts. When it comes to the final third of the cigar, the flavor profile changes. The spices increase and the notes change to berry and licorice.

It was a consistent smoke with adequate smoke which I enjoyed very much. It began as a medium bodied smoke and progressed into a full bodied one. I would recommend it to those who are looking for  a solid tasting cigar that, while sneaking up on you with spices, avoids kicking you in the taste buds with it.


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