Today I take a look at Dante Cigar’s sophomore release, a Nicaraguan puro called Vita Nova. The blend is similar to the original Dante line, but differs in the wrapper. In the Vita Nova Nicaraguan Corojo takes over for the original’s Mexican San Andres. The name translates to “new life” which as Mike Huff told me a few years ago is their way of saying you’ll see a lot of the old classics in the cigar, along with the new. Now let’s find out if the Vita Nova truly is a breath of new life for the cigar industry.
Warning, the volume of the first segment (until 3:05) is considerably lower than the rest. If you turn it up, be prepared to turn it down.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Beverage: Bustelo Supreme (Coffee)
Source: Samples from Dante Cigars
Price: MSRP $9.00
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- The Vita Nova is named after Dante Alighieri’s “courtly love” literary work La Vita Nuova, written in 1295.
- To see Mike Huff discuss this cigar, check out our 2013 interview with him here.
- Bustelo Supreme > Bustelo.
- Even burn, solid ashes, no touch-ups or relights, perfect draw.
- Flavor complexity peaks in the middle third. Earthy throughout, dark chocolate, pepper, savory black tobacco, some spices and a touch of dried fruit sweetness, usually in the finish.
- It doesn’t have Jerry’s “wow factor” but it’s a good fuller-bodied smoke. Give it a shot.