Montecristo Dantes 2016 Limited Edition

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1 review for Montecristo Dantes 2016 Limited Edition

  1. Luca G.

    MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
    Size : 48 x 167 mm
    Brand Strength : Medium to Full
    Box Year : 2016
    Price : €25.5

    The Dantes was named after Edmundo Dantes, the lead character of Alexandre Dumas 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo which proved to be the inspiration for the name of the brand back in the 1930’s when the novel was read to and enjoyed by the torcedors of the day as they hand crafted their masterpieces, a practice still in vogue today. 
    It is the first and only Hermoso N1 Vitola in the all Montecristo selection.
    Specially selected tobacco leaves grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone which are all then aged for a minimum of two years have been used to create this beautiful stick.

    Overall : [rating:3.5/5]

    Draw : [rating:4/5]
    Burn : [rating:2.5/5]
    Flavour : [rating:4/5]
    Aroma : [rating:3.5/5]

    Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
    At first look the Dantes shows a stunning dark wrapper very elegant, uniform color without a single spot. Double bended with the classic Montecristo band, and an additional black and gold 2016 limited edition one. There are few veins but nothing that compromise the beautiful look of the stick. On the finger it feels very silky and quite oily. Luckily I have got a nice, soft and velvety stick with an uniform moisture.

    Construction : [rating:4/5]

    The cigar is well rolled, the head holds the stick tightly and is perfectly applied therefore a straight cut turns to be a perfect cut. Merit of the high quality leaves used to construct this beauty. The pre-draw is great and we can already feel the Montecristo nature with that hearty and woody flavor so present even if the tobacco is not burning yet. The hash is solid and dark grey with garnet rims due to the high presence of oils in the leaves.

    Flavor : [rating:4/5]
    Once lit the Dantes is already an explosion of flavors. As I expected reveals a lot of earthiness, spices and cedar wood, the stick is of a medium strength at this stage and the smoke filling up the entire palate is at a pleasant temperature. This delivers a bomb of flavors to my senses. Very subtle and gentle sweetness integrated in a nice and creamy texture. As I go further I get to taste notes of nuts, and coffee flavor with a hint of of herbaceous flavor sign of youth (but also of ageing potential).
    The strength has moved a little further and the flavor profile as all the rest of the elements remain constant and uniform. Going through the stick required me some smoking skills to keep it lit and even at all time. In more than one occasion I had to use the lighter. The last part as usual is the most intense, the smoke becomes warmer and the strength increases to medium to full, giving me a proper flavor journey in a typical Montecristo style. Plenty of hearty flavors alongside spices, wood and coffee with a nice complexity. That certainly was a great smoke!

    Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
    I really enjoyed this smoke, the cigar was pleasant throughout the entire time, showing complexity of flavors and good quality leaves. Beside the fact that the stick is quite humid and oily and needed to be relighted sometimes, it was a great experience.
    Price is a bit high in my opinion event though it is a limited edition and it already delivers great flavours. Hopefully it will age like the grand Edmundo in 2010 or the 520 in 2012 and therefore it is smart to stock up now!

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    • Mick

      As is the 3 star flavor rating given the exuberant praise for the smoke’s taste.

    • tim

      Pity this review was written in another language and then translated into English. As currently construed it’s difficult to understand

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 6 5/8
Ring Gauge 48
Vitola Hermoso No. 1
Construction Hand Made