Montecristo Platinum No. 2

Montecristo Platinum Habana No. 2
6-1/8 x 52
Date: 08-06-08
Smoke Time: 76 minutes
Wrapper: Mexican Habana 2000
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru

Disclaimer: This cigar was a gift from Altadis USA.


A well-constructed torpedo with no soft spots or bumps.  There were no major veins but there was a small blemish about a third of the way up from the foot.  The application of the cap appeared a little rough.  Prelight aroma was cedar and leather with a touch of nutmeg.  Prelight flavors were dried apricots with a touch of hay.

The draw was a touch tight for me, but I was still able to get plenty of smoke from the cigar.  It started on the mild side with hay flavors and a vegetal undertone.  There was also a slight astringent quality to the flavor that I experienced in my sinuses.  The burn became slightly uneven in the middle of the first third.  The ash was white and some dark striations, and was very solid.

The burn issue from the first third got a little worse, so I had to make a correction with my torch.  There were still vegetal undertones, and a pleasant leathery flavor came to the forefront.  The near ammonia-like astringency subsided in the middle of this third.  As the second third finished, the vegetal characteristics evolved into a buttery creaminess.



The flavors have finally blended together in a somewhat harmonious manner.  It is on the medium side of mild with leathery flavors at the forefront with the buttery creaminess and a slight floral hint in the background.


Though not a close fit to my usual preferred flavor profile, this was a mild-medium some with some okay flavors.  If the whole cigar had the profile of the last third, it would certainly move up a notch or two in my book.  I am thinking that more time to age would help the cigar immensely with the marriage of flavors in the first two thirds and with the reduction of the astringent-like flavors.


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