I figured since we just had Huff aka “Squigly” of Dante Cigars on CigarChat last week, I would take a second to do a short review of the Dante Classic. I am going to skip all the fluffy background since most of you already know it, and see if this cigar tastes like “meat fat”.
Dante Cigars Classic Asmodeus
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Size: 5.5 x 46
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Beverage: Bigelow English Breakfast Tea
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
Price Point: $8.5
Cigar Purchased: Sample from Dante Cigars
For those that read my reviews, they know I have been super critical of SA Maduros in the past (think the Moya Ruiz La Jugada Prieto); however, I think the Dante Classic is pretty f****** amazing. Based on my overall experience, I would call this a box split, and the only reason I can’t recommend a box is the price. Although I will say, at $8.50 it is a solid value, and VERY close to becoming a box buy.
With most SA Maduros, I have to drink quite a bit since the smoke dries out my palate. With the Dante Classic, this isn’t the case. There are notes of intense black pepper, woody notes of oak/cedar, leather, raw earth, and a very dark chocolate. It is a complex, multi-faceted, and evolving deep cigar which will keep you entertained for 90 minutes. For those wondering, I didn’t get any “meat fat” flavors, but the experience was rich like biting into brisket which has been smoked for 15 hours.
I have smoked every vitola in the Dante Classic line and the Corona Gorda is my hands down favorite. It is also the second cheapest vitola – second only to the IMP which is $8, for a 4 x 44.
What I liked
I love the box packaging on the Dante Classic boxes. They box date the back with the vintage and date. This is a very “cubanesque” thing to do, which isn’t surprising since the Dantes are coming out of Casa Fernandez.
As Huff said during CigarChat, the smoke does hit you in the roof of the mouth and envelops the palate. I used the word valoupioush during CigarChat and I think now that assessment is about right.
What I didn’t like
Nothing, other than I wished it was priced a dollar cheaper.