Cigar Review: Zino Platinum Scepter Series Pudge

August 9, 2010
Cigar: Zino Platinum Scepter Series Pudge
Binder: Connecticut
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Tobacco: Peru/Dominican
Length: 5 1/2
Ring Gauge: 52
While I do love cigars, I try my best to dodge the pretentiousness that sometimes comes with cigar culture. Some high-priced brands are specifically marketed as a super premium smokes. In turn you have individuals who pick these sticks up to posture and flaunt their status.
One brand in question is Zino. Owned by Davidoff of Geneva, Zino is constantly scrutinized by seasoned smokers for its hefty price tag but sometimes average quality. I’ve smoked Zino’s previously and admittedly I would say 90% of them were gifted to me.
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Vizcaya VXOP Premium Rum

August 9, 2010



As I have grown older and wiser I have also become more in sync with my personal taste and more importantly my palette. I used to be a big fan of dark liquor, but now I prefer clear. One dark rum that caught my immediate attention upon my first sip was Vizcaya.

Vizcaya Rum is distilled from pure cane juice and is aged in oak bourbon barrels. It was originally produced in Cuba and in 1960 the family took their recipe to the Dominican Republic.

I happen to stop by Cigar Inn and a couple of guys there were drinking Vizcaya. They offered me a glass and I was in love. This rum has a medium body but is very smooth. I got a taste of some vanilla and some hints of sweetness but it is far from being too fruity. I paired the Vizcaya with a Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 cigar and the marriage was a success.

Vizcaya is a sipping rum but could be a spicy addition to any premium mojito. Vizcaya will run you about forty dollars in New York City. If you happen to see this impressive looking bottle staring you in the face, definitely don’t hesitate to pick it up. It will be a great nightcap and a smooth compliment to medium body cigars.