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Written by HeavyMetal

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

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2005 opus x perfecxion no. 2opus x
ratings and scoressuper belicoso

2005 Opus X Perfecxion No. 2 (aka Super Belicoso)

6 3/8 x 52

Wrapper: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

Storage: 63 – 65 RH at 63 – 68 F.

Construction: Very oily mottled colorado and light brown wrapper with one medium vein. Very solid roll with no soft spots. Clipped clean.

Prelight: Intense cedar, wood, and spicy tobacco aroma. Very firm draw, cedar and sweet woody taste with a bit of hot pepper spice.

Burn: Lit evenly, razor sharp burn until the last ¼, then 1 minor touch up Off-white ash tinged with charcoal gray.

Drink: Sweet tea.

Smoking Notes: This beli is from April 2005. While still a bit young, I decided to smoke one to see how they’re progressing. After warm-up, the initial impression was cedar, a bit of cream and sweet woody notes around a core of strong tobacco. About 1/4 in, the infamous hot pepper Opus spice began to make it presence. While not overly hot like a fresh Opus, there was a definite jalapeno snap to it. Around the halfway point, the cigar settled down a bit and the core flavors of really good Dominican tobacco began to emerge - sweet wood, cedar, rich smooth toasty tobacco. By 2/3 the hot-pepper spiciness kicked up again along with some black pepper notes.

Overall Impression: The Super Beli is arguably one of the "mildest" Opus. And while some love the hot jalapeno spiciness of fresh Opus, I am solidly in the "aged" camp. The piquant hot cinnamon and sweet nutmeg spice of an aged Opus hinted at the periphery in this cigar but have yet to fully emerge. These need to sleep a bit longer I'll probably try one in August or so, but I'm thinking next year.




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