In 2007, Habanos S.A. released the first Edición Regional for the country of Mexico, the Edmundo Dantes El Conde 109 Edición Regional Mexico. Only 600 boxes of 25 were release in 2007 with a rerelease of another 600 boxes of 25 coming in 2008 in the exact same size and allegedly blend. The Edmundo Dantes 54 brand came about in a very interesting way.
Because Montecristo is a “global” brand it cannot be use for an Edición Regional. As such, the Edmundo Dantes brand is used for this release. The Edmundo Dantes are distributed by Importadora y Exportadora de Puros y Tabacos, which is the official Habanos importer for Mexico.
So far, there have only been three releases of the Edmundo Dantes brand (including the Conde 109 rerelease in 2008).
The Edmundo Dantes Conde 54 is an excellent sample with a red-brown wrapper that is extremely smooth to the touch. There is almost no oil present at all, and the cigar is slightly spongy when squeeze. The Cuban wrapper smells faintly of cedar, hay and chocolate.
The first third of the Edmundo Dantes Conde 54 starts out flavorful, but mild with dominant notes of hay, cedar, chocolate and nuts. There is a wonderful undefined sweetness that forms the baseline of the profile. Hence present and really combines well with the rest of the flavors. A saltiness develops on my lips, although it comes and goes after a strong start. There is a tiny amount of spice on the tongue. But almost no pepper at all on the retrohale, at least in the beginning. Strength starts out faint, but slowly builds to a mild medium by the end of the first third. Construction is wonderful, as are both the burn and the draw. But the cigar does seem to be burning a bit quickly, albeit not hot at all.