Arturo Fuente Forbidden Black Label LBMF

Arturo Fuente Forbidden LBMF

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 x 48
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$80 (!) each
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While in Vegas a few weeks ago, I picked up two of these cigars. As I understand it, Casa Fuente is the only place where you can purchase a black label Forbidden. However, the cigar is the same blend as the regular Opus X banded LBMF.

Appearance : ★★★★★
Gorgeous!! I’ll hand it to Fuente, they know how to make a good looking stick. This figurado carries a dark, brown wrapper that has almost a buffed, leather look to it. It’s slightly oily and each end is capped with bits of maduro, the Cuban tickler head being nicely offset.

Arturo Fuente Forbidden LBMF 
Construction : ★★★★★
Impeccable. The cut, draw, burn . . . all perfect. Of course, for this kind of money, it better be.

Arturo Fuente Forbidden LBMF

Flavor : ★★★★★
Wow!! This is the first non-Cuban cigar that, to me, relayed the taste of that “Cuban twang.” You all know what I’m talking about . . . it’s that taste distinctive to a fine Cuban. Well, this Dominican replicated it to a “t.”

Initial flavor was a sweetened spice, almost peppercorn like. This quickly turned to a smooth cedar and leathery smoke, with undertones of cocoa. About half-way through, the spices reappeared and the last third was a deep earthy tone, with a cinnamon backdrop. The whole experience was like partaking in a fine, aged wine . . . accompanied by a truly intoxicating aroma of bluish-white smoke. This is a refined cigar for a true connoisseur. Not only do you have many, many flavors present throughout, each appears full and rich in presence.

Value : No Rating
$80. That sure is a lot of money for one cigar. Of course, there is no way that it could be worth that amount of money. As such, I did not assign a value rating. This cigar is only available at Casa Fuente in Vegas and, like everything else in Vegas, it is priced astronomically. Anyone purchasing it is doing so with disregard for price.

Overall Rating : ★★★★★
In looking back at my notes, one of them was “smoothy sweetness.” I think this description sums up this smoke quite nicely. As I’ve already noted, this cigar was a refined experience that, quite frankly, is the best I’ve had from any smoke. What is apparent throughout the experience is that you are smoking a meticulously blended, constructed and aged cigar that has been pampered for your pleasure. It doesn’t disappoint.

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13 Comments on “Arturo Fuente Forbidden Black Label LBMF”

  1. Mike - KnightRid says:

    80 friggin dollars!!!

    At least you enjoyed it ;)

    how long of a smoke was it?

    Mike

  2. For this one, I’ll just have to take your word on it. Thanks for the review. Maybe one day I can stand close to someone while he/she is smoking one of these.

  3. Wish I could afford to indulge in that beauty. Just purchased the LFD Salomones though. Maybe a review of this one in the near future. Buying sticks like these is a real affliction.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous. Sounds amazing. I have never had a bad time with an opus x of any kind but I am pretty sure that 80 bucks is too much for any single stick regardless of any other factors. When it comes down to it the cigars is still a tube of burning leaves.

  5. It was about an hour and 15 minute smoke.

    Furious, looking forward to the LFD review. I’ve been looking at these and just haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  6. Dave Berl says:

    I was wondering if the Black Label came in a little black box?

  7. David Williams says:

    While on vacation in Punta Cana,avendor tried to sell me a box of 4 in coffins in a Forbidden box and told me they were made for export to Russia. Did I passup a bye of a lfetime?

  8. Ouch. That’s awfully expensive. I cringe at anything much over $10. I’ve had $15 sticks that weren’t as good as some of the $5 ones I’ve had, but it sounds like the perfect cigar.

  9. Did anyone know about the exports to Russia?

  10. Heh: thing looks like a sausage! Nice review. ‘Course, at 80 bucks I don’t think I’ll be pursuing this one…

  11. It holds my interest and I smoke Opus cigar religiously but for $80 I don’t see any religious conversion in the near future. I have been smoking cigars for 40 years and paid up to $30 for a cigar and wished I hadn’t,,,it’s all about marketing and advertising after that kind of price point.

  12. My Review of the Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden X Toro CRA Edition

    The Forbidden X cigars are a little different then your normal Opus. These bad boys are aged in Calvados barrels. So what drink did I decide to pair with this rare cigar? Why calvados of course!

    I removed the cedar wrapping and took a whiff, I swear I could smell that appley goodness.

    After the first few puffs I already knew I was in heaven. I got that rich woody and cedary taste with a dash of leather and yes, apple.

    From the way it was tasting, I thought I was at the end of the cigar, not the beginning.

    It’s really interesting, and I’m not sure it just the calvados I’m drinking, but I really get an appley crisp bite to this cigar. Maybe I should ease up on the booze…

    As I continue this wonderful cigar I am inundated with notes of coffee and coca with a hint of spice. This after all, still an Opus. Part of me wanted to age this cigar for a special occassion, but I wanted to smoke this while it still had some of the Calvados essence. I have tried to age Anejos and they seem to lose that special flavor as well. Anyhoo, I’m glad I smoked it.

    Fuente really went through a dry spell with Opus quality, I’m glad to see they are back!

    I’m sitting outside under the porch, near my wife’s gardenias while a a nice NC summer thunderstorm rolls in enjoying a fine drink and cigar. Couldn’t be finer! Zen at its best!

    Rating: 91 (A-)

  13. Just enjoyed the Toro for $60 at Casa Fuente. Pure indulgence, but by far the best cigar I’ve ever had. Paired with Glenmorangie Quinta Urban. Beats shopping with my wife.

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