Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we assign a numerical score to the Zino Platinum Z-Class Series. This was a cigar we assessed back in May, 2011.

 Zino Platinum Z-Class Series

The Zino brand of Davidoff is positioned as a brand marketed to a younger generation of cigar smokers.  In 2011, the Zino brand of Davidoff launched the Zino Platinum Z-Class.  This was a significant release because it marked the first new core line released by Zino in eight years.  This was an impressive cigar as it finished as the Cigar Coop #22 Cigar of the Year for 2011.  Now a little after 2 1/2 years following its initial launch, we take another look at the Zino Platinum Z-Class and see what this cigar brings to the table.

The Zino Platinum Z-Class is a multi-national blend.  It consists of a Dominican wrapper, a Peruvian binder (Pelo de Oro Visus) and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler.  It was launched in four sizes 654 T (Toro):  5 7/8″ x 54 ; 550 R (Robusto): 4 7/8″ x 50; 546 P (Piramide): 5 1/4 x 46; and 643 C (Corona): 5 5/8″ x 43.  Today we revisit the 654T – the same size as we smoked back in May 2011.

The Zino Platinum Z-Class still had some great flavor, but I thought it lost a bit in the way of complexity over time  The flavors were still excellent as I picked up notes of grass, pepper, nut, natural tobacco, and cedar sweetness.  The honey and caramel notes I originally detected did not seem to play a significant role.  The strength and body are both in the medium to full range.  The burn and draw were both excellent.

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Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split
Score: 91


Price: $12.50
Source: Gifted