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16
Oct

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 1/2 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each each
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This is my review of the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural (4.5×50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.

Nose : 3 out of 5 stars
I picked up a mixture of cedar and other woods. There was strong earth coming off of it, but not much else going on here.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars
The wrapper on this is a rich brown color with flat smooth veins running throughout. The brown in the wrapper isn’t one consistent color, it is mottled throughout. I found the band to be quite stylish with the red and green against the gold. It is elegant and not gaudy. The Chateau Fuente is 4 1/2 x 50 sized.

Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars

First Third:

The initial draw was completely dominated by a sweet creaminess. Several draws in, there’s a nice black pepper that picks up considerably and then falls off. The creaminess and pepper rise and fall almost like counter-waves to each other as I proceeded through the first third.

Second Third:

The pepper and cream from the first third just fall away and you’re left with a deep earthy flavor. About halfway through the middle third the pepper came back but almost like just a highlight to the earth.

Last Third:

In the final third the earth falls off right away and the spice becomes like white noise. It’s there but you can only taste it if you’re focused on it. The strongest flavor in the last third is toasted nuts.

Burn / Draw : 5 out of 5 stars
No issues from toast to finish on this one. Total smoking time was approximately 50 minutes and it wasn’t the best day for taking my time as it was quite cold and windy.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural is available typically around $80 a box for 20 cigars. That works out to $4 per cigar which is not bad. This particular vitola makes for a nice smoke, but I can’t help but feel one of the larger vitolas might pack more complexity in the flavor department.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars < 21/25 || 84%infoThe Cigar Surgeon’s Grading SystemAny cigar below 60 will be in the ‘yardgar’ category. Between 60 and 74 should be an every day smoke. Between 75-85 should be in the great smoke category, and anything above that should be in the excellent smoke category. >
The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural is a great little smoke that won’t blow you out in strength or flavor complexity. Its price makes it an affordable choice for most aficionados. I’d definitely recommend picking up a sampler of the different sizes and trying it out for yourself.

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16
Oct

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 1/2 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each each
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This is my review of the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown (4.5×50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.

Nose : 3 out of 5 stars
I picked up a mixture of cedar and other woods. There was strong earth coming off of it, but not much else going on here.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars
The wrapper on this is a rich brown color with flat smooth veins running throughout. The brown in the wrapper isn’t one consistent color, it is mottled throughout. I found the band to be quite stylish with the red and green against the gold. It is elegant and not gaudy. The Chateau Fuente is 4 1/2 x 50 sized.

Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars

First Third:

The initial draw was completely dominated by a sweet creaminess. Several draws in, there’s a nice black pepper that picks up considerably and then falls off. The creaminess and pepper rise and fall almost like counter-waves to each other as I proceeded through the first third.

Second Third:

The pepper and cream from the first third just fall away and you’re left with a deep earthy flavor. About halfway through the middle third the pepper came back but almost like just a highlight to the earth.

Last Third:

In the final third the earth falls off right away and the spice becomes like white noise. It’s there but you can only taste it if you’re focused on it. The strongest flavor in the last third is toasted nuts.

Burn / Draw : 5 out of 5 stars
No issues from toast to finish on this one. Total smoking time was approximately 50 minutes and it wasn’t the best day for taking my time as it was quite cold and windy.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown is available typically around $80 a box for 20 cigars. That works out to $4 per cigar which is not bad. This particular vitola makes for a nice smoke, but I can’t help but feel one of the larger vitolas might pack more complexity in the flavor department.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars < 21/25 || 84%infoThe Cigar Surgeon’s Grading SystemAny cigar below 60 will be in the ‘yardgar’ category. Between 60 and 74 should be an every day smoke. Between 75-85 should be in the great smoke category, and anything above that should be in the excellent smoke category. >
The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sungrown is a great little smoke that won’t blow you out in strength or flavor complexity. Its price makes it an affordable choice for most aficionados. I’d definitely recommend picking up a sampler of the different sizes and trying it out for yourself.

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08
Oct

Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 4 5/8 x 49
Ring : 49
Wrapper : Shade-grown Dominican Rosado
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20+ each
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For this review I chose to smoke a cigar from my “hard to find” group in my humidor. The Fuente Fuente Opus X brand has many cigars in their line-up with different blends. The only thing they share besides the band is the fact that they are all made of Dominican filler, binder and wrapper. Opus X cigars are normally nicknamed by their fans and this particular cigar therefore also goes by the names “Power Ranger” “Triple X” or “X3”. Whatever you chose to call it, two things will remain common. The difficulty in obtaining them and their price. Although they carry with them an MSRP of $10.50, most vendors jack up the price when they have them in stock because the demand for them far outstrips supply. On most occasions you will be paying well over $20.00 for them (more in the “value” section of the review).

The Fuente Fuente Opus XXX cigar is perhaps the most popular high end non-Cuban cigar in the world. One would expect that a cigar that carries with it a hefty price tag would smoke like a dream. One would expect magnificent complexity and flawless construction. You would also expect that a cigar with as much “hype” built around the name will leave you wanting more. These cigars have become one of the most sought after cigars, akin to the Cuban Cohiba line. With all that said, I want to share with you my experience of how this cigar measures up in terms of the 4 points we cigar smokers like to take note of when smoking a cigar. Remember that in life beauty is only skin deep. The same holds true in the cigar world. Does this cigar measure up to the looks and the hype? For the purpose of this review I smoked two cigars a week apart to ensure objectivity.

Appearance : 5 out of 5 stars
This is truly a gorgeous looking cigar. It is adorned with the beautiful and large Opus X band, perhaps one of the most elaborate and recognizable bands on the cigar market. It also sports a red ribbon around the foot of the cigar, presumably to offer additional protection to the foot of this cellophane packaged cigar. The wrapper was beautiful, had no visible seams and had a very visually pleasing oily texture to the shade grown Dominican Rosado wrapper. The cigar looked and felt like a meticulously constructed high end cigar. There were no soft spots on inspection and this Belicoso truly had a flawless presentation.

The unlit aroma had mild but very discernable floral bouquet with hints of dried fruit vanilla and natural tobacco. The pre-light draw was floral and provided pleasing sweetness notes.

Construction : 2.75 out of 5 stars (2.75)
Although the cigar looked absolutely striking, I found the draw to be a tad loose. The ash was often flaky and if you aren’t careful it will fall off on its own. For such a premium cigar I expected a firmer ash that held on to the cigar longer than the 1 inch or so I was getting. The burn on my first sample was even until roughly the halfway mark at which point it required correction. The burn on the second cigar started to go very uneven at roughly the 1/3rd point and it too required multiple corrections. Both cigars needed re-lights past the halfway mark. Back to the draw. The first one I smoked was acceptable but a bit open for my liking. The second cigar was even more open and it required many draws to get acceptable smoke output. As a result, if this cigar is not being puffed frequently it will go out on you. The cigar did provide thick white clouds of smoke but as I said, I was disappointed in the draw and in the fact that as a result it felt like it needed to be smoked quickly. I again go back to the price and that flaws like this should not be observed on cigars considered to be “premium”.

Flavor : 2.25 out of 5 stars (2.25)
This is where I may get some flack from Opus X fans. However, I feel that in order to provide an objective review I can’t let the price tag or popularity of a cigar get in the way. Keep in mind though that taste, flavour, and aromas are all subjective. We have different palates and we all have preferred cigar flavour profiles. I understand that. Some people like sweet cigars while some others like more earthy spicy smokes. I prefer all flavors because sticking to just one flavour profile will inevitably make your cigar smoking time less enjoyable. Despite all of our different preferences, cigar smokers can usually agree on one thing; whether or not the cigar they smoked resulted in a pleasurable experience. My intent here is not to trash the cigar. My review will not impact Opus X sales and won’t keep an Opus X fan from ever buying more. I am simply passing on my own observations about this cigar.

Be prepared with a nice cool beverage when smoking this cigar. I often felt my mouth drying up on me and leaving me with a “cotton mouth” sensation. Also, ensure that you have had something to eat, preferably a nice hearty meal. This cigar is not for novices. As a cigar smoker of over 20 years myself, I was hit with quite the nicotine “buzz” on both samples along with some slight sweats and blushing cheeks.

I was hit immediately with spice on lighting the cigar. It wasn’t a ‘peppery’ spice but more of a cayenne, red pepper type spice that hit me both on the front and back end of the palate. It was like sucking on a habanaro chili pepper. I usually like to exhale from the nose and this is something I recommend you not to do with this cigar unless you absolutely love spice. The intensity of the spice literally made my eyes water. I likened it to taking a mouthful of Japanese wasabi. You know that type of heat that overwhelms your sinuses and makes your eyes tear up? As a result, any flavors that the cigar might have been trying to offer me were completely masked by the overwhelming spice. I don’t remember ever having a cigar with such a spicy heat to it.

The spicy finish was extremely long. The spicy sensation never left my palate or lips for the entire first third of the cigar. I was craving a lemon sorbet to sooth and calm my palate. For the first third of the cigar I could not discern any flavour other than natural tobacco flavour and this was strictly due to the amount of heat the cigar was giving me.

The spice finally decreased as I neared completion of the fist third at which point I started to pick up some hints of toasted nuts, vanilla and a honey like sweetness. The smoke was extremely thick and when not being overpowered by the spice I was able to get a nice velvety smoke with hints of vanilla and coffee in my mouth. The spice remained in the back end of my palate. There were some minor hints of dried fruit but the predominant flavors were woodsy and earthy which became more pronounced as I smoked my way through the cigar. The heat came and went during the second third of the cigar but thankfully it was nowhere near the intensity of the first third. A pleasant saltiness made its way into the flavour profile and remained on my lips for the rest of the smoke. I never thought I would say this about a cigar but, at times, the cigar was a bit too salty on my lips.

As I started to reach the end of the second third of the cigar I noticed that the spice was increasing in intensity again. This time the front part of the palate was getting more white pepper hints but the back of my throat and the long finish was again more like red pepper spice. At this point I mainly tasted woodsy flavors with natural tobacco and earthiness in the mix. I was only getting occasional hints of coffee, vanilla and roasted nuts. The saltiness and spice remained on my lips.

The final third had some more detectable sweetness to the smoke. The clouds of smoke were leaving a pleasing honey-like residue in my mouth however it was hard to get the same volume of smoke output as the fist half of the cigar because of the loose draw. As I noted earlier, both samples needed to be re-lit at this point. The second sample more than the first.

The large band came off with ease and the final third saw the intensity of the spice reach epic proportions again. By this time I was buzzing with the strength of this cigar. Again, whatever flavors the cigar was trying to offer up were masked by the overwhelming spice. The spice was so hard hitting that long after I finished the cigar I could still feel some chili-like heat tingling on my lips.

This cigar is strong. You start to feel the nicotine by the end of the first third and by the end you are certainly left buzzing. This is unquestionably a ‘mature’ cigar for ‘mature smokers’. As I noted at the outset, even I, a cigar smoker of 20 some odd years was hit by the nicotine buzz.

When all was said and done the cigar disappointed. On the odd occasion when I was able to cut through all that spice I did pick up some pleasing flavors noted above. I tried to think of the best way to explain the experience and came up with likening it to ordering an expensive entrée at a fine restaurant that smelled and looked fantastic when it reached the table. The odd bite was absolutely amazing but the chef simply incorporated too much spice into the dish that it ruined the meal, not allowing any of the flavors of the dish to shine and masking any complexity that might have existed.

Don’t get me wrong. I like peppery flavors in my cigars. However I found the spice in this cigar simply too much. Unlike sushi where the wasabi compliments the sashimi, this felt like I was first taking a spoonful of wasabi and then nibbling on the sushi. The spice did not compliment the cigar, ruining it instead.

Value : 2 out of 5 stars
These cigars carry with them an MSRP of $10.50 however. because of the popularity of the brand, you can realistically expect to pay upwards of $30.00 for a single stick in the United States. I did a little price shopping online for the purpose of this review. My duty free online vendor in Canada sells them for $31.00 per stick (this is Canada however where high tobacco taxes are the norm… and again keep in mind that this was a duty free vendor). Another local brick and mortar cigar shop in the area sells them for $46.00 per cigar. I checked some of the well known US online vendors and have found them in the range of $20.95 to $30.95 per cigar. I did find one vendor that claims to sell them for the MSRP but they are seemingly always out of stock. In fact, the vendors I did find within 10-15% of the MSRP price were out of stock on the cigar. And that’s the problem. Because it is in so much demand and because of the limited production of the brand, even when they are in stock, expect most retailers to sell them for a considerable amount over the MSRP price. People will blindly pay for them simply because they carry the Opus X name.

I paid $17.00 each for mine while visiting Florida 2 years ago. I can’t consider this a $10.50 cigar because the reality is, anywhere that I found that actually had them in stock was charging considerably more, at minimum, 100% over the suggested retail price. Considering the high cost of this cigar then, the cigar clearly disappointed me. One would expect a much better, complex cigar for that price tag. I can buy 2 or 3 better tasting cigars for the price you can expect to realistically pay for one of these.

Overall Rating : 3 out of 5 stars
As I noted, cigar tasting experiences are subjective. We all have different palates and we all crave different flavors in our cigars. However, regardless of our preferences, we can always agree on whether or not a cigar was enjoyable. Unfortunately for me, I did not have an enjoyable experience with these cigars. I was left with a headache because of the extreme power of these cigars. I was also left with heartburn thanks to the overwhelming spice that dominated most of the smoking experience. It wasn’t all horrible. There were promising hints of vanilla, coffee, dried fruit combined with a pleasant woodsy earthiness that were trying to fight there way through but they were always seemingly held back by the abundant spice. I certainly wouldn’t buy any more of these. That is how bad the impression was on me. The smoke output and its texture and flavors were good at the start but diminished as I smoked my way through the cigar. Regrettably the two words that best sum up my experience with this cigar are ‘overpriced’ and ‘overhyped’. If you are really hell bent on hunting down Opus X Cigars, in terms of flavour, I preferred the Opus X Magnum O and would recommend the Magnum O over the XXX Belicoso.

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04
Sep

Fuente Fuente Opus X Magnum O

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 4 3/4 x 56
Wrapper : Vintage Dominican Republic from 100% Cuban Seed
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$18
More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Opus X cigars…

Sometimes it is easy or perhaps lazy for people to draw their own conclusions about a cigar having been lured by the sexy marketing and buzz created when a company releases very limited cigars. Sometimes people make a false assumption that a cigar is good simply because of its price tag. For instance, there are many novice smokers that accept as a fact that because a cigar is tough to get and costs a lot of money it means that there is some prejudice to the cigar, with a skewed opinion on it before one even touches flame to foot. There is an adage among novice smokers, and I’ve even seen it with more experienced smokers that a cheap cigar must taste bad and an expensive one must be pure heaven.

If you’ve been smoking cigars long enough you know that you have to get past the marketing hype, presentation, fancy bands and “buzz” to actually get around to tasting the cigar to formulate your own opinion. Taste is subjective. What may be good for one might taste awful to others. Some prefer sweeter cigars while some prefer more grassy/woodsy cigars. Everyone’s palate is different but you’ll know a bad cigar when you taste it and usually, you can taste a gem within the first few puffs.

With that said, I recently took shipment of some Opus X cigars. In my humidor I now have the Belicoso XXX and the one being reviewed here, the Magnum O. These cigars are extremely hard to get. You usually have to be at the cigar shop when they are released and hope that the regular clientele did not pre-order them. Luckily I have a good friend in the Tampa Bay area who was able to obtain these stogies for me. They weren’t cheap, with the Magnum O’s costing $18.00 each. However, I have seen them at some online retailers for as low as 12.75 which is more probably never going to happen because they are never in stock, and as high as $25.00. I have also seen them listed for $40.00 or more at some Canadian retailers.

I generally have a love/hate relationship with Fuente cigars. I feel they simply offer too much product in their catalogue… for example just look at the sheer number of Opus X’s. I wish many non-Cuban cigar companies would follow the Cuban lead and limit the size selections and make fewer, better smokes than experimenting with another ¼ inch here or 1/8th inch there. This is my personal opinion but I find that this often leads to consumer confusion. Fuente’s along with Padrons are akin to the Cohiba of non-Cuban cigars. As such, you will pay a premium for them.

For the purpose of this review I smoked two of them in the span of 4 days to ensure that I was getting a proper understanding of the cigar. A word of caution from the outset; this smoke is powerful. I recommend less seasoned smokers have this one late in the day after a big meal. More advanced smokers know what they can tolerate but I still suggest having a little something in your stomach before embarking on one of these. Also, have your drink of choice handy. I happened to pair my second smoke with some Port and really found that irrespective of my review, the pairing worked. So, without further ado, how did the Fuente Fuente Opus X Magnum O fare?

Appearance : 4.75 out of 5 stars
The cigar comes wrapped in cellophane. The wrapper is a medium to dark brown shade. It has a nice oily appearance with some noticeable veins and visible seams. It sports a fairly large cap. The cigar has some give to it when squeezed but no lumps. The nose had a sweet citrus/cedary aroma. Not powerful but very enticing. The foot of the cigar has a more woodsy/tobacco aroma. It sports a very wide and intricate band typical if the Opus X line. I must admit it is one of the nicest bands on the market today, perhaps only second to the Cohiba Behike bands. The band is easily removed. As you can see in the close up photo of the foot though, there was some pressing of the cigar perhaps because of the box but they are not supposed to be box pressed cigars. All five of my samples exhibited this characteristic and it should be noted that they do come in 36 count boxes. There were a few minor tears and nicks in the wrapper despite being in cellophane.

Construction : 3.5 out of 5 stars
For the purpose of the review I used a straight cut on both cigars sampled. The pre-light draw was a tad loose for my liking. This held true on both of the cigars I smoked for this review. This did not cause the cigars to burn exceptionally fast however, but the draw could have been a little bit tighter. The cold draw revealed woodsy hints that reminded me of oak. It was also a tad grassy.

The smoke output was fantastic with clouds of white smoke right from the outset. However, as I neared the final third the smoke output diminished quite noticeably on both samples. My first one needed one re-light near the band and despite the excellent burn, I was put off by the second one I smoked which went out after removing the band and needed numerous re-lights. It never got me that full cloud of smoke again. As a result, I put it down perhaps earlier that I normally would have. These cigars need to be smoked at a quicker pace than normal.

The cigar’s ash was flaky on both but held firm. In fact on my second sample the ash fell off on its own well into the second third, almost halfway down the cigar. After that, every inch or so.

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Flavor : 3.5 out of 5 stars
The first few puffs revealed a pleasing saltiness on the lips with some light pepper at the back of the throat. I did pick up a slight bitterness in those first few puffs but it went away after about a cm. The cigar felt quite light at the outset, perhaps because of the looser than normal draw but don’t let that fool you … I will get into that later.

The primary notes were those of earth, wood and pepper. The finish was quite short but the pepper was long, lingering at the back of my tongue and throat in between puffs. It was definitely a “dry” cigar so having something to drink while smoking it is a good idea.

About halfway through the first third some cocoa hints were noticeable with the smoke becoming thicker, sweeter and more caramel-like. The main flavor remained woodsy and grassy with some hints of dried fruit at the front of the palate.

As I entered the second third, the flavor profile remained the same. Primarily it was earthy, woodsy and had minor hints of cocoa. Some mild saltiness on the lips remained and the pepper continued to be long in the finish. A note on the pepper: it was not strong or overpowering like it is on some Fuentes I had smoked in the past such as the Short Story.

These same flavor profiles continued through the second third of the cigar at which time I noticed some bitterness creep back onto the palate. Almost like a burnt coffee bitterness. There were more discernable coffee notes as I completed the second third with some sweeter tones akin to dried fruits again but these were short lived and the cigar quickly reverted back its primary woodsy/grassy profile. Hints of mild salt on the palate remained as did the pepper but at this point the pepper was barely noticeable.

By the halfway mark I clearly felt the nicotine. This is certainly a full bodied cigar. In my second sample I had to re-light the cigar at the start of the final third and from then on it appeared as though the cigar needed to be smoked quicker than I preferred in order for it to stay lit. This led to some harshness. It required a number of re-lights with almost no smoke output. The harshness and bitterness affecting my palate was unpleasing so I decided to put the cigar to rest with over an inch left. I wasn’t able to nub my first one either as I also noticed bitterness enter the flavor profile shortly after removing the band. There was nothing fantastic about the flavor profile. Actually I was a tad disappointed.

Value : 3 out of 5 stars
I can have many cigars with similar flavor profiles for considerably less money and without the limited availability. That’s the problem. I’m afraid that the price is so high because of the buzz surrounding Opus X lineup. Fuente is perhaps the biggest advertiser and as a result those hefty marketing expenditures creep into their overall cigar prices. Also, these cigars can be tough to get and most retailers in the U.S. sell out quite quickly or raise their prices because of their limited availability. Quite honestly I don’t believe they deserve the price tag or any special consideration about their limited availability. Given that at the end of the day they are a Dominican cigar with an average and almost typical Dominican flavor profile, I don’t see the value in spending as much as they command. Considering the price tag, I expected much more but in the end got a pretty one-dimensional woodsy/grassy smoke that reminded me of a damp morning in the woods. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t memorable either.

Overall Rating : 3.75 out of 5 stars (3.7)
The cigar surprised me a tad because I was expecting some more complexity and depth. Quite the contrary. The cigar was not complex at all and while the flavors for the most part remained very consistent, they were very one-dimensional with only a few short-lived changes to the overall profile. The flavours were not well balanced and at no point was I hit with any palate-pleasing surprises. It was just the same woodsy and grassy tobacco flavor with the odd hint of sweetness. The smoke however was thick and velvety but I was disappointed by the significantly diminishing smoke output as I neared the band.

There was also some displeasing bitterness that came in and out. I wished some of those sweeter notes lasted longer. The same was true for both of the cigars I smoked.

It is a very strong cigar and in that regard, as mentioned earlier, it is for the more experienced cigar smoker. Seasoned or not, I would strongly suggest that you eat something before smoking one of these because even after a hearty dinner I was hit with the nicotine buzz by the halfway mark.

I rated it a 3.70 out of 5. It wasn’t poor but it wasn’t great, just a little better than an in-between average cigar.

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15
May

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Thanks to some good friends over the years I have had the opportunity to wheel and deal my way to a slew of Fuente Opus X’s from different vintages. Early in my smoking stage, I was curious to see the development of Dominican tobacco over several years of aging. What better stick to test the aging ability of Dominican tobacco than the brand most people consider the best Dominican out there?,… the Opus X brand. So I dipped into my humidor and pulled out the oldest Opus I could find. Now most seasoned cigar smokers know the great aging potential of href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/index-of-all-cuban-cigar-reviews">Cuban cigars and Nicaraguans, but can the Dominicans hold their own too? We’ll see,…

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Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars /> With this much age there is a good amount of plume almost covering the entire cigar. The cellophane on these cigars was extremely yellowed. The band has a lot of black on it that has bled and faded over the years. The wrapper is pretty veiny and the seams are noticeable to say the least. There is a large amount of discoloration to the outside of the cigar, with dark streaks contrasting against the light brown coloration of the wrapper. This is by far and away the most fragrant cigar I have ever smelled. I am not lying when I say it smells exactly like a cinnamon breakfast muffin. The foot smells heavily of black, loose, tea leaves. The dry draw is very unique, it is salty, savory, herbal, and kinda potpourri-ish.

Construction : 3 out of 5 stars /> Even though so old, the cigar looks remarkably well built. It sports a double cap, tight seams, and a loose bunch. The dry draw gives way to a perfect amount of air passage. After lighting it, the smoke production through the draw was enormous. A familiar Fuente burn problem reappears with a small portion of the cigar forgetting that it needs to burn too. Kinda annoying, but I can work with it by touching it up along the way.

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Flavor : 1.5 out of 5 stars /> Lighting the cigar was a pain, but afterwards I was immediately taken back by how much flavor and strength this cigar still has. There was a small amount of pepper in the first couple of puffs and then nuts and a little leather. The smoke is pretty smooth but the aftertaste it leaves is a little dirty.

Only an inch in and flavors have transitioned to simple woodiness and some dry cracker notes. The intensity of flavor has been dialed way back now and is nothing like the first inch.

As soon as you get used to the flavors of the cigar it changes on you again frequently. I am only nearing the last part of the 1st third and now the cigar has changed its profile completely to taste like green vegetables (peas?). The finish, though, is very familiar,… it tastes of mineral water.

As I smoke down to the halfway point, more and more flavor tends to drop off. There is only a light amount of faint woodiness and the finish of,… yep,… water vapor.

The flavor drop off has become a landslide nearing the finale of the cigar. The only flavor I can detect is just pure tasteless smoke with more of that lovely Fuente mineral water,… yay!

Value : 2 out of 5 stars /> I generally think that Opus X’s are priced very well around the $10 to $17 dollar range. There are a few Opus cigars that demand more money but they are generally very rare. Based on my experience with this stick I would say it wasn’t worth it, but it is 11 years after its release. I imagine it would have scored much higher on the value scale awhile years ago.

Overall Rating : 1.75 out of 5 stars (1.75) /> If you were to guess the experience that you were going to have just by smelling the cigar, one would probably start drooling and salivating. Unfortunately after lighting the cigar, the magnitude of my let down was enormous. The cigar was just plane dull after 10 puffs and never changed its profile hardly. The cigar also burned very slow and took me around 1.75 hours to smoke it,… very long time to be smoking a monotonous stick. I generally don’t like Opus X’s brand spanking new, and I have found that I really don’t like them very old either after smoking this one. These cigars definitely have a lifespan around 5-6 years max (presumably) and I prefer to smoke them around the 2-3 year mark. All in all, I just wished I could have had a different cigar and the two hours of my life back. I guess that is the price you pay to smoke a rare treat (eck!) like this Fuente Fuente Opus X from 2001.

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12
Mar

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class="alignright" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/arturo-fuente.gif" alt="Arturo Fuente" width="170" height="146" />Origin : Dominican Republic /> Format : Rothschild /> Size : 115 x 20 mm (4 1/2 x 50) /> Ring : 50 /> Wrapper : Cameroon /> Binder : Dominican Republic /> Filler : Dominican Republic /> Hand-Made /> Price : ~$15 each in Canada, ~$4 each in the US /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/buy-af-epicure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Rothschild cigars…

I was sitting at my computer when I realized that the date was February 29th, Leap Day, and I thought that I should have a cigar since my next chance to have one on a leap day would not be for another four years. I looked in my humidor and realized that I wasn’t in the mood for anything I currently have so I quickly ran down to my local tobacconist before closing time to choose out a leap day cigar. The cigar I chose was the Arturo Fuente Rothschild.

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Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars /> The Rothschild had a dark brown oily wrapper with a semi-pungent smell to it. The veins were nice and thin and there were no cuts in the wrapper. The cap was well applied and only a tiny sort of bump above the band seemed out of place.

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars /> The construction was solid. The wrapper was thick which helped prevent any potential breaks and at the foot it was completely intact. The filler however was slightly uneven. It cut well, lit up easy and had a very smooth draw with plenty of smoke. The burn was even throughout the entire smoking session however the ash was not the strongest – requiring ashing about every half inch.

Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> The cold draw revealed dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee bean. Immediately after lighting the cigar had grassy, woddy flavours. Soon after lighting it was accompanied by some cocoa and a sweet finish. After about halfway in, the flavour picked up with more coffee bean and chocolate however a spark of the grassy character remained. I was impressed with the complexity of a rather short smoke and as it began to burn down it was more bitter and earthy but still pleasant. Medium bodied, the Rothschild has complex flavour without being too powerful.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars /> The Rothschild is a good value for the cigar. In my reviews I try to include prices from two areas to help people have a better reference of what the price may be for them. I was expecting less from the cigar so I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. I purchased this as a single and for an everyday cigar it is out of my price range but for a treat it is definitely a fair price.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> The Arturo Fuente Rothschild is a nice cigar that would be good any time of the leap day. It has balance and complexity – I smoked this one until my knuckles nearly burned off. The price is fair and I really like the format. I was lucky enough to get the last one from the shop and I sure am happy I did. For a leap day smoke it definitely impressed. I just hope I don’t have to wait 4 more years for another.

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20
Dec

Arturo Fuente Anejo Cigar #60 Review – StickReview.com A Fuente Anejo Reserva #60 Maduro cigars are made with the same filler and binder as the Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars and just about as hard to find, too, except they’re wrapped in a dark, oily US Connecticut broadleaf Maduro leaf that’s aged for one full year in oak cognac barrels. The result is a smooth-smoking, full-bodied cigar with a unique, complex flavor and sweetness that only the hands of Arturo Fuente could create.

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31
Oct

This is a 4 STring Guitar made from a Arturo Fuente Cigar Box. It has an Oak Neck and a Wenge Fretboard, Abalone Fret Dots, Bone Nut, and Wenge and Brass Bridge. Made in the Barefoot Boogie Guitars Shop! Enjoy, Phil Delpierre @ Barefoot Boogie Guitars

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03
Oct

Casa Fuente Cigar Store and Lounge Tour

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02
Aug

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The Arturo Fuente Short Story Maduro is not your typical cigar. Originally, only 200 cigars were given out at the 1999 and 2002 Cigar Family Celebrations combined. Surprisingly, the Short Story Maduro was shown at the 2011 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Convention (IPCPR) earlier this month. Keeping with tradition, Arturo Fuente is only releasing 1,000 boxes of the cigar to select retailers that purchased twenty or more boxes of href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/arturo-fuente" >Arturo Fuente cigars at the trade show.

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The Short Story has a very dark brown blemish-free maduro wrapper with a light tooth.The wrapper leaf is beautiful and absolutely free of any noticeable veins. A graceful taper toward the head along with the pressed nipple foot give this diminutive cigar an elegant figuration. Yielding only very slightly to a gentle squeeze, it is evident that this Hemingway is rolled tightly and evenly. The prelight aroma is a dusty chocolate.

The flawless draw on this perfecto facilitated a well-defined harmony of flavors. This cigar is characterized by its dominant slightly sweet and creamy flavors. Other flavors include hints of earthy chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and nuts. The Hemingway is smooth, well balanced, and refined; however, it is conspicuously lacking some complexity.

With a smoking time of just under an hour, the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro provided a refreshing set of distinct flavors well worth the modest cost. Get them while you can as a limited number are being released.

Appearance/Structure – 14/15 /> Smoking Characteristics – 23/25 /> Flavor – 22/25 /> Overall Impression – 33/35

Total – 92

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