Cigar Review: Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010

This past week Jerry Cruz from hit NYC. Prior to hitting Cigar Inn for a night of fun with other local cigar enthusiasts we stopped over at Davidoff on Madison to say hello to General Manager Michael Herklots and to take advantage of Spiff Wednesday where if you spend $25.00 or more you get a free shoe shine and manicure. We got there a little early so we hit the humidor and I picked up yet another Zino Platinum 2010 which I used for today’s review. It is the 5th cigar I have smoked in this series.

According to the press release from Zino Platinum back in February, The celebrity of Zino Platinum continues to build as it presents another work of art, the Master Edition 2010. The Master Edition 2010 continues the annual success story of Limited Editions with unique multi-national blends keen to Aficionados. Displaying outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail, Zino Platinum is confident to release yet another exceptional Master Edition cigar.

The Master Edition 2010 will be launched at Select Merchants and will hit retail shelves by mid March 2010. Only 1,200 tins will be available for the entire United States.

Cigar: Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto Grande)
Wrapper: Sun Grown Criollo from Ecuador
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: San Vicente Ligero from the Dominican Republic, Peruvian Seco, Jalapa Especial Ligero from Nicaragua and Honduran Jamastran Seco
Strength: Medium
Twitter: @ZinoPlatinum

Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010

Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010

Appearance and Construction: Not what I was expecting from a cigar of this magnitude. The Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010 almost looks a little lopsided. The wrapper was loaded with veins and the role of the cigar was almost porous with slight gaps between the seams. The cap was pretty sloppy as well which had me scratching my head. The silver and black band is classy with the secondary band letting you know this was a limited edition for 2010. The cigar had a nice weight to it with no soft spots and the foot revealed a nice bunching so there was hope for this cigars.

Flavor & Notes : Prior to lighting up this cigar the prelight notes offered a nuttiness with a slight metallic tinge. The foot offered up some sweet maple syrup notes. I sparked the cigar with Davidoff matches which are sulfur free and I was impressed during the first third. The notes of dried apricots and nuts were easily identifiable with the occasional tease of cinnamon. The second third the notes of nuts remained and were joined by some wood and leather. The cigar concluded with wood notes and a touch of nuts and dried apricots.

Smoking Characteristics: The cigar smoked like a dream. The burn line was crisp and razor straight for the duration of the smoke. There was a light gray ash that did not hold as strong as I would like but it had a minimal amount of flake. Sadly I wound up with a lap full of ash at an inch or less most of the cigar. There was a fair amount of smoked produced even when resting.  The draw was impeccable.

Conclusion: One of the better Zino Platinum’s I have smoked, especially the 1st and final 3rd of the cigar. Sadly the price will keep me from buying these again now that the review is out of the way. If you like Zino cigars it is worth smoking to say you have but I won’t go out of my way to pick another one up.

Price: $15.00
Score: 87