|Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109|
If you have never heard the name, Max Gutmann is Mexico's Cigar King, and was the founders of the first La Casa del Habanos in Mexico in the mid 1990's. He is Mexico's official Cuban cigar agent, and controls all of the Habanos going into that nation. He is a very knowledgeable individual, and also very passionate about cigar. In fact James Suckling had a great interview with him some years ago, and you should check it out. Click here. Along with being the most important man in Mexico in terms of cigars, he also is responsible for bringing about the Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 brand. The Edmundo Dantes brand was originally released in 2007, and was released as a regional edition cigar that was to be a large vitola like the Partagas Lusitania which Gutmann was a fan of. He felt that smokers no longer had the time to enjoy a long and great cigar, and he wanted to bring that back; almost make them spend some quality time with a great cigar.
The brand is named after the famous charter, Edmund Dantes, from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Made in the H. Upmann Factory, the Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 was limited to 600 boxes total, and each numbered box contained 25 cigars. Initially the contact was set up so that if the cigar was a hit they had the option to produce another 600 boxes the following year, and so they did in 2008. The cigar is a unique size, and takes the shape of a Churchill Torpedo you may say. Measuring 7.2" with a 50 ring gauge the cigar is truly unique to Cuban cigars because of the conical tapered head.
|Max Gutmann holding the Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109|
|Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109|
When I get into the second the flavor profiles change a little and I am getting a hint of lemon zest present with a nice espresso flavor. There are still those wonderful light flavors of almonds, hay, cedar and floral present, but it is more of a mild finish to the initial espresso and lemon flavors that I am getting. There is a long finish of leather with this third, and the cigar has hit its sweet spot. The burn was slightly wavy in this third, but it corrects itself in a short matter of time making it not an issue. The cigar is smoking at a solid medium still in this third, and it is producing a great amount of smoke and a strong ash.
As I find myself halfway through the final third I begin to get upset because this cigar is coming to a close. This cigar thus far has been absolutely great, and it is a cigar that you don't want to end. The cigar shows all those great flavors from the firs two thirds in this third, and they are all very balanced and flavorful. The coffee and lemon notes are balanced by almond and floral notes, and the leather and tobacco finish is smooth and wonderful. The final third smokes around medium in terms of strength, and when I smoke it down to the nub it is still cool and flavorful. I get great smoke rings in the end, and I am left with a wonderful aftertaste that makes me want another.
This cigar was almost perfect, and that is why it gets 98 points. The cigar delivered so many wonderful flavors from beginning to end, and also remained a solid medium bodied smoke as well. There are very few cigars that are solid medium anymore, typically either full or mild, but this cigar was right in the middle. This is one of the best Cubans I have ever smoked, and I think it is one of the best cigars Habanos has released. If you by some miracle have the chance to smoke this cigar I suggest you do because it is absolutely divine. It's a shame that these cigars were not made into regular production items for Max Gutmann and his La Casa del Habanos in Mexico, because they would move very well. I would fly down to Mexico to buy these beauties! I know right now that this cigar is definitely in the running for Top 25 Cigars of 2012, and I will remember this cigar for many years to come.