Before 2007, no one had heard of Habanos S.A.'s Edmundo Dantes marca, a collaboration between Habanos and Importadora y Exportadora de Puros y Tabacos (IEPT), the importer of Cuban cigars for Mexico.
The moniker of the new brand took its inspiration from Edmond Dantès, the protagonist in one of the French author Alexandre Dumas’ most famous books, “The Count of Monte Cristo” that was published in 1844. The name was chosen due to trademark concerns with the Montecristo brand in Mexico.
The Conde Belicoso, a 5 1/2 x 52 figurado released in December 2016, is not only the shortest of the three vitolas released under the Edmundo Dantes name, but it also had significantly more cigars produced than the other two releases.
While it would be hard to beat the original Edmundo Dantes Conde 109, the Conde Belicoso makes a run for it, with a profile full of orange citrus, almonds, dried tea leaves and brown sugar. — Brooks Whittington.