I’ve been sitting on this cigar for about 9 months, and the person before me had it for quite some time. Lew from Don Francisco Cigars gifted me this when I converged on his place with another user from the cigar boards to complete a pass. I knew I would keep it til this day, and that it would be my birthday cigar. I was a little miserable to be entering a new decade, but I moved my site to a new host this morning, and I have decided to move forward on future plans for acigarsmoker.com The first of which will be a redesign in the coming months.
Cigar: Arturo Fuente Opus X
Size: 9.25 x 47 (PerfecXion A)
Origin: Domicin Republic
Wrapper: Domicin Republic
Binder: Domincan Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance & Construction (17/20): Considering the size of this cigar and the fact that it practically uses an entire leaf I was shocked at how smooth the stick was, and how it had only minimal veins. I was upset when I opened the casket and saw a split of about a 3/4 of an inch at the foot, but it held as I smoked the cigar. The Opus X label needs no description, and the split while due to aging is reflected in the score. The fact that it held on after being lit makes it only a mere 3 points.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): I love the smell of a cigar with age on it, as the foot offers nice rich notes. I lit this baby up and decided to kick back and relax before heading over to a friends place for dinner and tequila. I was blown away by how this full bodied smoked had mellowed with age. The first thing that caused a verbal ‘wow’ to escape from my lips was the subtle sweetness that came off the wrapper. As I worked the first third, the notes were raisins, and some sweet spices. The second third of this marathon smoke offered more raisin but the sweet spices began to dissipate and began to get occasional notes of mocha and nuts with some pepper as well which made this one complex smoke. The final third of this smoke becomes the full bodied opus x I have grown to love. The notes of raisins remain with some pepper, and mocha.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar burned very straight throughout, I was surprised that for a cigar of its size I never had any burn issues. The draw was equally as impressive. What blew me away was the 4″ ash I had going before I decided to dump it. Very impressive.
Overall (24/25): There are 3 things I was looking forward to the most on my birthday. This one was the first, the 2nd was being sung happy birthday in Chinese by a very dear friend of mine, and the other was enjoying the day for myself, getting things done that matter to me for a change. I’ll wind up doing the party thing this weekend when more friends are off from work, but this was just what the Dr. ordered.
Price: $54.99 Each @ Tex Cigars!