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Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Platinum Habana No. 2

26 Jun 2007

Montecristo is easily the most storied name in all of cigars. From the Cuban original to the ever-expanding list of Montecristo lines produced by Altadis in the Dominican Republic, just about every time you turn around another “Monte” is available.

Montecristo Platinum Habana No. 2Back in 2002, Altadis introduced the Montecristo Platinum as a fuller-flavored alternative to the standard Dominican version. Since then the band of the Platinum has changed – it now resembles the other Montecristo bands, only with a shiny silver color that doesn’t photograph well – but the Mexican wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican/Nicaraguan/Peruvian filler has remained the same.

The Mexican Cubano wrapper on this six and 1/8 inch by 52 ring gauge belicoso is oily, veinless, and milk chocolate in color (with the exception of one prominent vein). The cigar is silky although a bit soft to the touch, and pre-light it has a fantastically rich bouquet of flavor.

After clipping the head and lighting up, I immediately noticed that the draw is unfortunately on the tight side. However, as the cigar progressed, I found the rest of the construction to be good – with a solid ash and a burn that started out slightly uneven but quickly straightened out.

When it comes to flavor, there is no mistaking the fact that chocolate is the overwhelming flavor in this cigar. In addition, there is a subtle yet constant spice note along with a bit of leather and nuts.
That medium- to full-bodied palate of flavors held consistent until the final third when the spice increased and hints of berry and licorice joined the flavor adventure.

Overall I was pleased with the Montecristo Platinum. Until only recently, it was the Montecristo line I was least familiar with, but a handful of smokes over a few months has made for a pleasant getting-to-know-you period.

At $8 or more each, these aren’t everyday cigars. But with rich, complex flavors, solid construction, and good looks, the Montecristo Platinum Habana No. 2 earns a strong four out of five stogies.

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Patrick S

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One Response to “Stogie Reviews: Montecristo Platinum Habana No. 2”

  1. El Hefe Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 5:15 am #

    You can pick up a 5 pack of these (robusto) at JRs for $21 bucks!