Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5x 58
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cuban-Seed
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Hybrid Corojo/Olor
Price : $23 each
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The Zino Platinum Crown Series Emperor Edition 2009 was created by blending Piloto Ligero tobacco grown in two different regions of the Dominican Republic along with tobacco from Nicaragua. This cigar is said to be the strongest full-bodied cigar in the Zino line.
The Zino Platinum Crown Series Emperor Edition 2009 has a dark, oily wrapper with mixed shades of black and brown. There are some prominent veins and the cigar is a tad lumpy, but there is nothing to indicate hard or soft spots, and from the appearance I can guess the construction is probably quite good. This is a very stout, fat cigar which stands out.
This cigar has an exquisite draw which offers nothing short of perfection. The only problem with construction is the burn. The burn line runs jagged and needs frequent correction. At one point the cigar went out completely and I had to light it again. Needless to say that was a bit annoying.
I knew even before lighting this cigar it was going to be great just from the spicy notes I detected from the wrapper. The first third of the smoke tastes like strong coffee with an earthy backdrop tempered by just a bit of sweetness. By the second third there is a dark chocolaty overtone with hints of raisin. Dark, charred wood starts to take over during the second half and dominates in the final third. The wood backs off a bit at the very end to be replaced by earthiness with just a bit of cream.
I wish I could give this a higher rating, because this really is a great cigar. The trouble is that it just doesn’t justify $23.00 a stick for me. I would have been happier paying perhaps $15.00. Now, a cigar that I would happily pay $15.00 for is a good cigar. This isn’t something for everyday, but I do hope to smoke another at some point. Perhaps I will gift myself one on a holiday or for my birthday. A cigar like this would make a great gift for someone else, too. Not a new smoker though; too much work required on the burn, plus it’s a strong cigar.
Overall Rating : (3.75)
This cigar is delicious and really offers an engaging and unique flavor profile. If you can afford it, I’d highly recommend checking it out at least once, perhaps for a special occasion. The construction is a bit of a pain where the burn is concerned, but everything else about this cigar is top-notch. If the price had been a tad lower or the burn had been less jagged and required fewer touch-ups, this would probably have been a 4 or 4.5 out of 5.