Dante Canto I “The Imp”

If you’ve been following me on social media in the last few weeks, you may have noticed me smoking a bunch of cigars with a velvety chocolate brown wrapper and a band labeled “Dante”. This is a yet to be released cigar that I have enjoyed almost daily. The Dante is a boutique cigar rolled in Miami using some fine Aganorsa Leaf. It comes in five sizes: the Canto I: the Imp (4×44), Canto II: short Belicoso (4 1/2×52), Canto III: Robusto (5×52), Canto IV: Toro (6 1/2×52) and the Canto V: Asmodeus (5 1/2×46). They feature a San Andres Mexican Maduro wrapper and binder and filler from Esteli, Nicaragua. I have tried each size in multiples, but today I am bringing you a review of my favorite size: The Imp.

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The wrapper is a rich chocolate brown. It is smooth, velvety with a slight sheen of natural oils. The aroma off the wrapper and foot is of earth, cocoa and hickory. The cold draw tastes of earth, cocoa, hay and natural tobacco. Immediate upon lighting, my tongue is met with the heat of pepper with a woody aftertaste. Pepper is the most powerful note as I continue to smoke with hints of cocoa and wood. Cinnamon remains to warming the palate mixed with an almost bready note. The smoke is very rich and warm.

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Into the middle third, the spice balances out nicely. I notice a salty note amongst the pepper, leather and cocoa which adds to the heartiness. Cocoa and leather lingers in the aftertaste. The retrohale still spicy and rich. The smoke smells incredible.

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In the remainder of the Imp, spice returns from start to finish of the draw mingling with cocoa and wood. The wood and leather notes evolve into a robust and savory flavor of hickory. It has a hint of sweetness too. The hickory begins to dominate the palate with pepper a very close second. These notes switch back and forth until the finish.

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From the first Dante Canto I Imp that I smoked, my palate was wowed. The quality of leaf, construction and draw are impressive. This cigar nailed my palate perfectly. It’s very rich and hearty. It made me want to reach for the beef jerky and a nice smoky porter. This cigar is definitely full of flavor. I love how the pepper hits the palate in the beginning but balances to the savory smoky hickory in the finish. This cigar retails for 8-12 depending on size and in my opinion is worth every penny. For more information on Dante visit dantecigars.com

3 Responses to “Dante Canto I “The Imp””

  1. Great Review Lady, I have seen you tweet about this cigar and I was wondering why I haven’t seen this pop up at other places… now I know why.. you really have your finger on the pulse of the Cigar world LOL. Sounds like a very good stick, any word on when these go Public?

  2. You have me curious. I will need to keep an eye out for it.

  3. Abraxas828282 Says:

    Nice! After that review I have to get me one of these!

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