Named after ‘Edmond Dantés’ the main character in the novel ‘Le Comte de Monte-Cristo’ —The Count of Montecristo— by Alexandre Dumas, the Edmundo Dantes El Conde Belicoso —the belligerent Count— cigar is the last regional edition exclusive to Mexico that was released by Habanos S.A. at the end of 2016. Unlike the character in Dumas’ book, this cigar is not aggressive at all but the complete opposite, an ultra smooth cigar like no other. Just like the three previous regional editions of this cigar for Mexico, but in a much larger number of boxes produced, the Edmundo Dantes Conde Belicoso Exclusivo Mexico was produced in a limited run of 6,000 individually numbered boxes of ten cigars each.
With a torpedo shape —vitola name Campanas—, a reddish color wrapper and a ring gauge and length somewhat resembling a Ramón Allones Short Perfectos —just slightly wider and slightly longer—, this exceptional cigar that is 100% hand rolled with 'tripa larga' —long filler leaves— measures 5.5" in length with a 52 ring gauge.
Even though the three previous Edmundo Dantes editions for Mexico were produced in much smaller quantities making them even more exclusive —a total of only 2,200 boxes for all three editions—, we are glad that the Edmundo Dantes El Conde Belicoso was produced in a much bigger run as this is such an incredible cigar and it would’ve been a pity to not grab a few boxes of it before it totally sold out —just like not grabbing a Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711/1R if you are ever offered one for sale.
As soon as you light up the Edmundo Dantes El Conde Belicoso you’ll notice a very smooth cigar for its first third with light peppery notes combined with cedar, vanilla and orange. As the beautiful salt and pepper colored ash builds up and you get to the second third of this cigar —by the way with no occasional burn outs—, the cigar evolves into a more complex but still smooth stick with notes of chocolate, coffee and almonds. However, as you get to the last third and the very end of it, all that smoothness from the first two thirds of the cigar evolves into a belligerent character much like that of Edmond Dantés in the Count of Monte Cristo. A formidable cigar with a 40-minute burning time that will leave you begging for more.
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