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Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 4 Super Premium Cigar

Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion No. 4 Super Premium Cigar

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Opus X cigars are Arturo Fuente's top of the brand, super premium line of cigars. The cigars are made in the Dominican Republic, with Dominican tobaccos. These sticks are very rare, and can be very difficult to purchase online. When in stock, some cigar retailers may even limit the quantity that you can buy. As you may have guessed by now, these cigars are also very expensive. However, I was able to purchase a single Opus X Perfecxion No. 4 at my local tobacconist, and for well under the typical online price of $25+ per stick (when available). The No. 4 measures 5 3/16 inches in length, with a ring gauge of 43.

Flavor

The Opus X is medium to medium-to-full in flavor, and is very smooth and not at all overpowering. Although a tasty and enjoyable smoke throughout the length of the cigar, I was expecting much more from a cigar in this price range, having such a favorable reputation. The taste was good, but not extra special. About half way down the cigar, I temporarily detected just a hint of spice, which seemed to fade away much too soon.

Draw and Construction

The cigar was medium brown in color, and appeared to be very inviting. However, the burn was uneven at times, and required three relights. This is not at all what I expected from a super premium cigar. This would not be a major issue with a low priced cigar, especially if the flavor is good, but a super premium cigar should not have any issues. I was expecting to enjoy one of my best cigar smoking experiences ever, but unfortunately, this did not come to pass.

Value

Even if this cigar had tasted and burned better, it still could not be considered a good value by any stretch of the imagination. I have smoked a number of cigars costing over $20 per stick, and not one of those cigars was worth the price. If you are looking for a special cigar for a special occasion, I recommend another cigar made by the Fuente cigar family, the Ashton Maduro (read my review). That cigar is not inexpensive at more than $7 per stick, but it is a much better value than the Opus X. However, if you are a lobbyist trying to "impress" a government official, or if you win the lottery, inherit a lot of money, or otherwise acquire a great deal of cash that you just want to burn, the Opus X would be one cigar to consider.
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