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Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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The Fuente Fuente Opus X

 

You may not have tried this cigar, but I would bet you a dollar you have heard of it. Since its inception, this cigar has toped the list of many reviewers, and is said to be one of the rarest cigars in the world. Finding one certainly was not as easy as other cigars for me, and I have a couple of (wink, wink) connections. The price on this cigar is pretty hefty: $25 per pop, or you can pick up a box in the range of $800-900 dollars. It is a lot to drop on a cigar, but is it worth it?

 

Let’s look a little at the history of this cigar, to better understand some of the hype that surrounds it. You’ll note the name, Fuente Fuente, which I assure you, is not me having a stroke and passing out on the keyboard. This portion of the name comes from the fact that the two Fuente’s, Carlos Sr. and Carlos Jr., created this cigar together. The Opus part was originally going to be Opulent, but Carlos Sr. thought it was too long, so he searched the dictionary (and not for long I imagine, as the two words are pretty close together) and came across Opus, which he thought was not only a shorter name, but also more suiting. Before you go and dig out your dictionaries, save yourself the effort: Opus means creative work, and more specifically, masterpiece or crowning achievement.

 

As for the X, that comes from the original name of the project the Fuente’s undertook, dubbed Project X (I know, so much for originality). That was also a movie with Matthew Broderick about smoking apes oddly enough; wonder if that had any bearing?

At any rate, at the time, the 1990s, no one believe you could ever grow wrappers in the Dominican Republic, due to the climate and topography of the landscape. The Fuente’s decided to prove this theory wrong, and did just that.

 

The result was a) the first Dominican Wrapper ever produced, b) the first Dominican Puro ever c) The Fuente Fuente Opus X.

 

This cigar sports a beautiful wrapper straight out of Chateau de la Fuente and is dark brown with some pleasant bumpiness. It gives off a fruity aroma, like grapes, and is spicy on the tongue. When you light up, you can expect to find an interesting bled of flavors: clove, chocolate, white pepper (the Fuente signature). An amazing draw from an amazing full-bodied cigar.

 

My only hesitation with this cigar is the price, but if you enjoy one every so often, that shouldn’t be too much of a consideration.

 

The cigar comes in 11 different sizes, ranging from a Belicoso to a Double Corona.

 

Rating: 95.1

 

Conclusion

 

I hope you enjoyed this look at the prestigious Fuente Family. If you have tried their cigars and would like to let us know your thoughts, please do drop us a line. I would love to hear about some of the cigars you have tried from this house.

 

And look for more in the coming weeks and months, as we continue more great series on Puff. Thanks for reading!

 






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0 # Best Cigars Everjohn ramos 2009-05-14 07:10
:D My first cigar 18 yrs ago was a an Arturo Fuente Ciagrs when i first joined the armed forces. Ever since i have preferred the Arturo Fuente line of cigars. To this date i have never had a bad cigar from their line. To date i will have an Arturo Fuente over any cigar.

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