What better day than today to smoke a rare cigar? Free time and Ursula is in town so we headed to JRs for what would hopefully be a great smoke!
The BBMF that I smoked was gifted very generously to me by Dave (Smelvis). After sitting in the humi for a few days or so, I decided to light it up and enjoy the experience.
OPUS X BBMF (Natural)
Vitola: 6 x 54 (with a large pigtail)
Wrapper: Rosado Wrapper with maduro cover at the head and foot
Smoke Time: 1.5 hours
Drink: Diet Coke
I usually will start smoking and then eat during the smoke. But, because of the cigar's reputation, I decided to eat first so I would enjoy the smoke afterwards.
Well constructed cigar, as are most opus I have come across. No soft spots or bums anywhere on the cigar. The cigar has a firm yet slight give to it. Sometimes, the pigtails on cigars are very fragile, but this wasn't the case with this one. Holding the Opus X BBMF in my hand, I noticed there was a 55/45 balance to it. Another words, the place at which I held the cigar was off center. This makes sense since the foot side is slightly larger and almost shaped like a figurado.
The Opus X BBMF has a beautiful Rosado wrapper. It has a nice medium brown wrapper color. The foot of the Opus is a gorgeous dark maduro wrapper and the Pigtail compliments the cigar just as much. The Pigtail fans out with it very well wrapped and made. As usual, the Opus X band brings all the attention to it, yet somehow, worked very well with the rest of the BBMF.
The initial light of the Opus X BBMF went smooth. It accepted the flame from the lighter very easily. The smoke was on the lighter side of what I am used to but it was probably because the cut on the head was very small. Once I made another cut to the head, the draw became very smooth and the smoke increased to a medium strength. The burn line was very impressive throughout the cigar and the ash had a greyish appearance.
Prelight smell reminded me of cedar and aged tobacco. The Opus X BBMF definitely had a sweet aroma to it. Within the first half inch or so, my tongue was bombarded with peppery sensations. However, this soon transitioned to a leathery/peppery mixture which I found very soothing and smooth. On a small retrohale, all I felt was a strong presence of pepper with a slight hint of molasses.
The second third becomes even more smooth, still tasting tons of leather and perhaps even some brown sugar. It was a sweetness that I don't believe I had much experience with before, except maybe on an Opus X Shark. As I approached the last third, the pepper notes take on more of a dominant role with the leather playing in the background.
When I removed the band, which incidentally, came off easily, it took a piece of the rosado wrapper off the Opus X BBMF. I thought it may create some burn issues, but surprisingly, nothing I couldn't handle with a well placed flame.
Value: In this situation, you are definitely paying for rarity and not for value. Unfortunately, because of it's rarity and craftsmanship, the price for the Opus X BBMF isn't what you consider a "great buy".
If you can get your hands on one of these at a reasonable price or within msrp, I suggest you do so and try it at least for the experience. There will many other cigars that will be a better buy for the money but I don't that's why we smoke cigars like these. As for the part of living up to the expectations, I don't believe that it did. Came close, but I think sometimes we expect a cigar that cost 4x as much as a ten dollar cigar to be possibly 4x as good. That being said, I'm glad that I smoked this vitola and look forward to smoking the other rare sizes, whether or not they meet my expectations.
Opus X BBMF
I hope you enjoyed the review!