It’s that time of year again where the Opux X and Anejo Cigars from Arturo Fuente begin to hit the shelves. These cigars are released a few times a year in very limited numbers and I always question myself asking if these cigars were on the shelf all year long would I still be ga-ga over them.
It is also getting near that time of year where I can smoke at the beach and stare out at the water and watch the women walk past me on their way to their spots on the sand in their dental floss bikinis. Brighton Beach is full of Russian women with little to no shame, and many of the beach goers are drop dead gorgeous. That is until they hit 35-40 when the Chernobyl factor kicks in. It seems for the most part Russian women do not age well.
Cigar: Opus X
Size: 5 1/8 x 43
Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Opus X Petit Lancero has a slightly larger ring guage then most lancero cigars. The cigar features a beautiful rosadao wrapper grown on Fuentes own farm. The wrapper is toothy with many bumps and ridges that could confuse a blind person into thinking they were reading a novel. Upon close inspection there are quite a few imperfections on the wrapper including some small holes and tears. The cigar has an incredible looking belicoso cap, and the foot appears slightly loose.
Flavor & Notes (30/30): From the get go it is evident this cigar is different then most Opus X sticks. There is heavy cinnamon on the prelight draw and the first third of the smoke continues with cinnamon joined by molasses which are both easily definable. The second third reveals some subtle pepper and molasses notes joined by some oak. As we reach the final third of the cigar the cinnamon returns with the oak notes. Occasionally the final third is joined by some notes of molasses that come and go.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): Like most lancero cigars the ash of this smoke is weak and does not hold for any period of time. The burn was mostly straight until the end of the smoke when it canoed slightly. The draw was a little loose which is a change for most lancero cigars that I have smoked recently.
Overall (24/25): One reason a lot of people reach for the lancero size cigar is because you get more of the flavors of the wrapper. That is definitely the case here as this vitola has far more flavor then any cigar I have smoked in this line. The cigar is also closer to medium bodied instead of the full bodied experience one comes to expect from the Opus X. In fact this cigar is one smoke I would definitely reach for if it were available year round.
The cigar smoking experience: