Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 – First Impressions


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Origin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown Criollo
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, Honduran
Source : handed to me at CigarFest 2010 (1 2 3 4)

Welcome to another adventure into the world of smoking cigars, with your host, Mike, taking on the Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010.

Today we have a cigar that is available in only one size, a robusto, ringing in at (5.25 X 50). This cigar is available in tins of 10 and only 1,000 tins are available in the United States.

Pre-Light

Taking a gander at the wrapper on this Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 and the word that comes to mind is, rustic. Now some cigars do not look very nice with a rustic wrapper but the folks at Zino have pulled this off very nicely by including such ornate bands that make a beauty of a cigar.

Wrapper scent is a bit of cocoa and a sweet fruity smell.

Cold draw is wonderful. I just love a looser draw that promises to give me a bunch of smoke without plugging up.

First Third

First couple of puffs on my Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 and I am getting a bunch of overlapping flavors. I am having a hard time picking them apart but I am definitely getting some pepper along with a wonderful sweetness. I would say it is a little bolder than a caramel sweetness but nothing that will overwhelm you.

So far so good. Heading out of the first third and we are still getting that bold sweetness along with a bit of pepper and some woody notes. Cigar is very creamy also. Body of the cigar is medium to high-medium for me right now and that has me a bit concerned about how the cigar will end for me. We shall see.

Second Third

Heading into the second third of my Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 and the body is still hanging around a medium with a lot of flavor. I wish I would have more of these to really try and pick apart the different flavors but hopefully this first impressions will give you enough information to set you on the right path to purchasing or not.

Getting mostly the woodiness with a bit of pepper and that sweetness just hanging in there. Seems like it may go away in the final third, but we shall see.

Body is in the full category for me right now, but it is not overbearing. I am not feeling anything from nicotine which in my book, is great.

Final Third

Finishing out my Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 and the cigar is in the full range but not overpowering for me, yet.

Not pulling out the toothpick for this one since it is getting some nicotine to it and is getting bitter and harsh.

Really the major flavor in the final third has to be the woodiness at the beginning but then it just seemed to switch to power and lost all the flavor.

Wrap-Up

I would definitely say to snag a box of 10 on these Zino Platinum Scepter Master Edition 2010 cigars. I really think it was a wonderful smoke for the first two thirds and maybe with some age it may well mellow out in the final third to make it an all around great smoke.

Take into consideration that I smoke my cigars down to where they burn my fingers normally, so if you don’t smoke them that far you would probably be very thrilled with this one

Let me also admit that I only had 1 lunch before smoking this, so that may have been why I felt the nicotine.

Last but not least, this was a fast smoke. I finished it in about an hour.

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