Cigar Review: Opus X BBMF Natural
The other night I was hanging out at Cigar Inn with some friends when Bas who is one of the store owners broke out a few boxes of the Opus 22 Gift Set. I’ll be honest I was dumbfounded to what this set was so I reached out to my friend Charlie over at The Cigar Feed to get the 411. Well long story short, he filled me in on the Opus 22 Gift set and told me to grab a BBMF Maduro. Sadly someone beat me to that but I did manage to pick up the BBMF Natural.
However, the story doesn’t end there. Of the boxes brought out for sale at Cigar Inn one of them was the 2009 release. So I was able to pick up an Opus BBMF Natural with a year worth of age on it. I’ve been told the BBMF has more ligero tobacco in it then other Opus blends, but without a source at Fuente to confirm this I will call it hearsay for now. If someone wishes to address the issue by leaving a comment feel free.
Finally on a side note since these sticks had a high retail price I only smoked one and the review is based on that one cigar.
Cigar: Opus X BBMF
Size: 6.5 x 64 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction: The BBMF is one hell of an artistic masterpiece. The top of the cigar which has a darker band of maduro tobacco around it has a nice flowered tobacco look. The fancy cap on this cigar can easily be damaged by poor storage and thankfully it was in perfect condition. Taking the cigar out of the cellophane is a chore so as not to damage it. The cigar which is a 64 ring gauge at the widest point is rolled to perfection with some maduro tobacco at the foot. As part of the Opus 22 set the sticks were in individual coffins and had a secondary band denoting the year of the set, in this case 2009.
Flavor & Notes: The cigar which I cut with my Xikar scissors offered up a sweet prelight draw with notes of caramel, cinnamon and a slight molasses. Absolutely delicious. I wish there was a spice in a jar like this to put on my french toast. The wrapper and foot was void of any aroma which had me concerned some. I torched the nipple of the perfecto and set back to enjoy my New Years Day smoke. The first of 2011. As I began to smoke the first third there was some sweetness for a short while before giving way to leather. As I continued down the first third I waited for the cigar to develop into a classic Opus but it never materialized. As we entered the second third of the cigar I was teased with notes of cinnamon and caramel but they were quickly overpowered by leather. Occasionally they surfaced but they failed to take hold. When the cigar transcended into the final third all that remained was leather and a heavy spice. This Opus was definitely stronger then others, but it lacked any complexity and one can argue flavor.
Smoking Characteristics: One thing that disturbed me when smoking the Opux X BBMF was a hole that developed just past the nipple as I smoked the stick as pictured above. It almost had the appearance as if weevil escaped from the heat of the lighting process. Or then again it could of been an area void of tobacco. Other then that issue the BBMF burned even with a strong light colored ash. The draw was perfect from start to finish and it even stayed lit for the duration of the smoke which is no easy feat for an Opus X according to my past experiences. The cigar did have a semi-sweet aroma to it that was very enjoyable and helped offset the lack of flavor.
Conclusion: Not the way I wanted to start of 2011 to say the least. The BBMF is one of those cigars that every collector would like to have and smoke at least once but I think it has more to do with the limited production then the actual cigar based on my experience. An experience that was limited to one stick. In fact I regret lighting this cigar and would of been better suited having it as a museum piece for my humidor to discuss with other cigar friends as something to have in my collection. Well, one good thing to come out of this is the fact that the rest of the smokes in 2011 can only go up from here. I hope.
Price: $49.95 in NYC and the set (2010) can be found online for about $950.00.