Today I offer another review of Platinum Nova Cigars craft – the Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo. As noted in previous reviews on Platinum Nova cigars, each vitola is a different blend and in the case of the Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo the company describes the blend as:
- Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
- Filler – Dominican
- Binder – Dominican
Platinum Nova Cigars notes:
“The San Andres wrappers and Dominican fillers are aged to perfection, then expertly combined and set aside on the box press for months to allow the flavors to slowly marry into a smoothness which makes the smoking experience even more enlightening.”
The Platinum Nova Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo is expressed in a single (6 ¼ x 55) square box pressed torpedo. It carries an MSRP of $16.95/cigar and comes packaged in 12-count boxes.
For this review, I sampled one Platinum Nova Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo which I received from the company as part of a sampler pack, for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.
The Platinum Nova Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo is a beautifully constructed box pressed torpedo with crisp edges and a geometrically square pressing. It has an oily dark chocolate brown wrapper that a some red tinges in it and is nicely marbled. The cigar is solid to the touch with tight seams and a well applied torpedo cap. There is one noticeable vein running down off the head of the cigar. The box pressing offers a velvet smooth feel to the wrapper.
Two bands adorn the vitola. Both bands use a light aqua, black, and silver motif. The primary band proudly displays the Platinum Nova Cigars logo that is in of itself a classy band. Directly below, the secondary band defines this as the SULTAN.
As I ran the barrel along the nose, there was no noticeable aromas but the foot exudes notes of baking spice and a touch of fruit.
Using my Xikar double blade cutter, I slices the well finished torpedo cap at a 45 degree angle as I do with all torpedos. The cold draw is spot on with restriction and offers notes of chocolate, sweet raisin, and just a sprinkle of pepper. Very pleasant indeed!
The foot took very nicely to the heat of my double flame torch as I drew in the first puffs of full, thick, and chewy smoke. The initial notes included the pre-light raisin along with a gentle spice on the retro-hale. Follow along as I burn the Sultan to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- The initial notes included the pre-light raisin along with a gentle spice on the retro-hale
- Solid light gray ash forms on top of a thin even burn line
- Dark chocolate notes add to the pleasure with a touch of lemon-orange citrus
- Citrus lingers on the pallet and is quite refreshing
- Smoke volume has been full from the first puff
- The dark chocolate notes are really beginning to increase mixing quite well with the citrus notes.
- Spicy aroma wafts off the foot
- Ash fell in a solid chunk, revealing a perfectly formed burn cone
- Earthy notes enter just before the midway point with a hint of white pepper
- Increased spice moving into final third along with a raisin nuance
- Hint of caramel sweetness down to the nub
- Medium Strength
- Total Smoking time was 1 hour and 35 minutes
Overall, the Platinum Nova Sultan Box Pressed Torpedo was a spectacular cigar in all dimensions, from the crisp burn, to the solid ash, and enticing flavors and aroma. This is one that every cigar enthusiast should check out. If you can’t afford a box, buy a fiver, you will not be disappointed. The core of dark chocolate and citrus notes keep the palate satisfied and the shifting nuances keep it interesting. This is one cigar where you get what you paid for. I rate this a solid 96.
Point Deductions: NONE
Bonus Points: (+1) Box Worthy; (+1) Even Burn