Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 150 x 24 mm
Ring : 61
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru
Binder : USA Connecticut
Price : $90+ for a case of 3
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It's quite hard to judge the Zino Platinum Crown Series Chubby Especial. I wonder whether it was designed for us cigar aficionados who have at least some experience with cigar smoking or for millionaires who can spend over 25 bucks on an average-quality stick and not regret it.
It sure looks gorgeous. Milk chocolate wrapper is flawless and it sports one of the most beautiful bands I've ever seen on a cigar. Zino put so much effort in the presentation (Chubby's come in an elegant platinum case that holds 3 sticks) that they probably had no money left to create a blend worth that price point.
I was satisfied with the construction which was decent. Must be hard to achieve on this shape so I have to give them some kudos for that.
I was hoping to experience something like an Opus X kick with a complexity that could match a high quality Cuban cigar. Unfortunately, disappointment was all that I got. First puffs brought a bland tobacco flavor that was in the background throughout the smoke. There were nice woody and peppery notes that didn't save the day. Overall, a mild, simple, medium-bodied cigar.
I received a case of 3 (for free) at a Davidoff event and was first very excited about it - after all, it's a Zino! After smoking one, the excitement quickly faded away. I was expecting so much more out of this cigar I was glad I didn't spend any money on it.
Overall Rating :
Don't ever consider paying for one, unless you're trying to impress someone who doesn't know anything about cigars (I still have one in my humidor for that purpose). It's sad to see that these guys are trying to make money on Zino's name. Can only hope that it's not the case for all Zino cigars.