Montecristo Platinum No. 3

The Platinum is a rich-looking smoke with a darker wrapper than its more famous cousins. The draw of this 5 ½” x 44 No. 3 is firm and takes a little extra work getting going. Once the flavors start to poke the taste-buds, toast and nutmeg duel it out while cocoa flitters here and there. Salt and pepper make an appearance, but never hinder the enjoyment of the primary flavors that sit heavily in the mouth. Mesquite builds in the final third just before the medium-bodied stick turns sour, a sourness that could be a result from the tight draw that comes perilously close to needing a re-light. The Platinum is a descent smoke that will surely improve with a larger size, but the No. 3 is not the best of the Montecristo line.

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