Fuente Fuente Opus X (Belicoso XXX)
This Father's Day, my
daughter (with the help of her mother), gave me some
wonderful cigars and a great outdoor lighter. I will be
reviewing them over the next few days, I'll start off with
what may be one of my favorite cigars, the Opus X. Today, my
review is specifically on the Arturo Fuente Fuente
Opus X (Belicoso XXX). There are currently 16 different
styles of the Opus X (see
OpusX is the premiere cigar line in the Arturo Fuente Cigar
Tabacalera A. Fuente, this cigar is consistently ranked as
the single most sought-after cigar in the world by Cigar
Aficionado, has been ranked in the Top 10 (normally
top 3) in most major Cigar magazines and rating websites.
The wrapper on these are great as is the massive
and thick band. The construction of this cigar is almost
flawless. Like other Opus X I have had in the past, itís a
challenge to find a flaw in the wrapper, draw or burn - and
this stick was the same. The burn was outstanding and almost
a perfect white ash.
As with most of these, you get hit in the palette right away
pretty intense spice (which for us is a good thing and part
of the appeal of the Opus), but if you are a novice smoker
don't be scared by this - It will get a little sweeter as
you get into it, but look for a spicy/sweet smoke with some
earthy flavors mixed in.
This is a powerful and amazing smoke no matter what size you
smoke. It ends with the same kick it started off with. This
size is an easy 45 minute to one hour smoke and a perfect
way to end the day (especially if it was a bad one).
These are not cheap, nor are they easy to obtain. In the
Pennsylvania area where I live, only Holts and Cigar Cigar
carry them. This is because
Arturo Fuente is very picky
about who can sell the Opus X and you have to have a top
dollar account to stock and sell them officially.
You may see them in smaller
shops (normally at 2x the cost) but they most likely bought
them at one of the above shops or had them shipped in.
This particular one (The (Belicoso
XXX) will run you between $12 and $14 a stick if you buy
them individually in a store - they can run well over $25 or
more online (and beware of fakes, as these are one of the
top 10 bootlegged cigars). Do yourself a favor and only buy
this great from a reputable dealer and not ebay or Craig's
I have now tried
4 of the 16 styles and every single one has been amazing. If
you come across one, do yourself a favor and pick it up and
look forward to one of the best smokes you have ever had!