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Monday, 11 June 2012

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Taking a quick look at the Montecristo Churchill Platinum reveals that it has been blessed with superb presentation. The Churchill comes in a platinum colored tube that exudes elegance. The cigar itself is adorned with a pair of decorative bands. Both platinum and gold in color, the bands display the Montecristo name, along with a Vintage 1999 label. As for the cigar itself, the San Andres wrapper is chocolate brown and has a moderate amount of oil. Only a few minor veins are visible, and the cigar appears to be smooth overall. It is also firm to the touch, so firm that I hope it doesn’t result in a tight draw. In terms of construction, the Montecristo Platinum gets a passing grade. Just before lighting, I give the Nirvana a quick whiff and taste. I get a lot of earthiness in return.

Once lit, the Montecristo Platinum exhibits an excellent burn. The draw is a bit tight in the beginning, but it does loosen up after a while. Solid light gray ash is produced. The burn is even from beginning to end with no need for touch-ups or re-lights. This is how a cigar should burn.

While I wouldn't necessarily call the Montecristo Platinum Churchill the most complex cigar in the world, it does offer enough flavor to keep me interested. It kicks off with the familiar earthiness that is accompanied by wood for the first third. This combination continues into the second third, where just a pinch of spice is introduced. The spice disappears once the final third is reached, giving way to nuts and an interesting salty taste. Medium to full-bodied seems to be an accurate description for the cigar’s strength.

Would I call the Montecristo Platinum a must-have? I don't know. I can say this, however, it is a quality stick. Superb construction, a good burn, and nice flavor transitions make the Platinum Churchill an enjoyable cigar. The cigar comes with a price tag of around $10 each. It also comes in boxes of 15. I wouldn't call it an everyday cigar, but Montecristo fans or those looking for something smooth might want to give the Platinum a shot. As is always the case with cigars, your mileage may vary.

The Montecristo Platinum Churchill earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.






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