Cold Weather is comming up and smaller smokes will be smoked more and more for those unfortunate enough to be able to smoke indoors at all times. So, I am going to focus on a few smaller smokes on my next few reviews. This week, I am going to try the Zino Platinum Sceptor XS. I got this cigar from a Zino Black Carpet Event held at The Cigar Shop (Biloxi, MS) last week had one, liked it and decided to give it another shot and a review.
Zino Platinum Sceptor XS
Size: 4×30 Demme-Tasse
Wrapper: Connecticut-seed Ecuadorian
Binder: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Dominican & Peru
Smoke Time: About 19 minutes
First Look: A light brown Connecticut wrapper with a few small veins covers this small cigar thats slightly larger and longer than a cigarette. Its not an ugly wrapper, but possibly not a first grade wrapper leaf. The foot aroma reminds me of sweet cinnamon, with a slight hint of nuts. The prelight draw is tight and holds back any flavors.
First Half: First draw, a sweet nuttiness jumps out at me and is very pleasant. A very slight tanginess starts off a slight bit, but quickly gets kicked out by a butter smooth nuttiness. Right off the bat, I am liking this smoke. I think the tanigness was due to the fast draws I was doing. A fast paced smoker would have to learn to slow down on this cigar due to the smaller ring gauge. For the size, the cigar puts off a decent amount of smoke that has a nice room note to it. The burn is clean and the ash is white and grey. I like the sweetness flavor of the XS. Its not an ACID Infused sweetness, so do think these are infused. The retrohale reveals a less sweet and more nutty flavor. Each ash lasts for about a little over a quarter inch, so watch your lap!
Second Half: Same flavors as the first half of the cigar as still there. The sweet nutty flavors with less sweet retrohale. I still can’t put my finger on the exact nut yet. As I progress into the last half I am tasting a slight undertone of a salty flavor thats an interesting change. Being such a small cigar, you don’t expect it to be overly complex, but it has its own slight complexidity. The nut flavor is reminding me of a roasted peanut flavor. Not a bold peanut flavor though. I started smoking it a little fast towards the end and it got a little harsh on me. The sweetness fades out fast at the end and the nuttiness get muted out.
Final Thoughts: For $2, this is an awesome short smoke that delivers a sweet nutty flavors with undertones of salt. Would e a good smoke for the day you wake up a little early for worka and want a smoke but don’t have alot of time. Or, possibly a lunch break cigar after a cheese burger and fries. This would also be a great cold weather smoke. Deffinately smoke it slow, to avoid any harshness. Overall a good short smoke that doesn’t cost a whole lot.
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