Montecristo is iconic in the cigar world. There is elegance and class to the branding of these cigars. The cigars also have a legacy of holding up more than their end of the bargain. Likely no stranger to Montecristo, as you’ve probably smoked at least a couple White Labels, you’re in for a treat. The Platinum is every bit a part of the Montecristo family, but it brings a bit of attitude along with it. The wrapper is a little less refined, with some color variation, but the bunch is packed and rolled well and finished with a great cap that is ready for action. The wrapper from Mexico smells of tobacco, malt, and autumn leaves. The filler smells of grain, fresh bread, and black pepper.Once lit, the nose opens with potent pepper, but it is gentler on the palate. Moderate complexity is driven by a fairly dry oak and pepper structure.Platinum delivers on all levels for a dark and flinty smoking experience.