8 responses

  1. Bespoke Lawyer
    May 15, 2012

    I think this proves that storing cigars with cellophane wrappers is a dumb idea.


  2. Raycarlo
    May 16, 2012

    How does this review prove storing in cellophane is not a good idea?


    • Calvin Brown
      February 7, 2018

      It’s been my experience that storing in cellophane is a great idea as long as you cut the excess cellophane all the way up to the foot. I like to rotate my stock and I was having a problem with the wrappers being torn by my rough fingers. Since I started leaving the cellophane on and cutting the excess off I’ve had a remarkable 100% no tear on wrappers and have not lost any flavors with any of my long time resting sticks. I’m a firm believer when it comes to leaving the cellophane on. I’ve been doing this for years and I’ll never store another stick naked unless it comes to me that way, in which I will not rotate it, I’ll smoke it. Everybody has their own opinion and this is just my opinion.


  3. Ernest
    May 16, 2012

    1)A single review could not possibly “prove” or “disprove” anything. 2)I’ve read plenty of bad reviews of cigars that have been aged long-term w/o cello and plenty of good ones of cigars that have been aged in cello. It’s dishonest to give the impression that the only problem with this smoke is that it was kept in cello…The fact is that I agree with the reviewer, Opus X really isn’t that good ROTB (especially the smaller sizes, which can be a bit abrasive and sometimes bitter)I’ve really loved the medium sizes (robusto, super beli, etc) that I’ve had with 2-6 years age on ’em. They’re delicate and subtle but still have some power to them. I have no problem believing that if you go ahead and age them an additional 5-10 years after that they’ll be well passed their prime and not worth smoking…I’ve also had mixed success with their construction properties. Some have burned and drew perfectly, others wouldn’t burn right or hold a decent looking ash for sh!t. This review doesn’t surprise me at all.


  4. Bespoke Lawyer
    May 16, 2012

    I am always amazed that experienced cigar smokers do not understand the deleterious effects of cellophane. Perhaps Aaron will conduct a blind tasting to provide you with proof?


  5. MasterStryfe
    July 10, 2012

    Horrible experience having the Opus X Churchill cigar, it had a tight draw the more I smoke it, I had to draw constantly because the cigar would die out quickly, uneven burning. Last straw was during the last third of the cigar, it started canoeing on me. At the very end it looked like crap. Hate smoking Fuentes cigars, not the same but had a similar problem with the Hemmingway short story. Hate smoking that brand, told the guy at the counter at Casa Fuente to wow me, but the best is obviously garbage. It also was not on cellophane. Done with that brand altogether.


  6. The Cigar Spy
    December 19, 2012

    My Review

    A friend of mine stopped by last week on business and to thank me for the Gurkha Factum I gave him the week prior. As a thank you, he left a couple of Fuente Fuente Opus X on my desk (Thanks again Rob if you happen to read this). I was a bit surprised as this quality of cigar was not something I was accustomed to. Even my brother who has a very limited knowledge of cigars knew of the high quality and (sometimes) price of the cigar. The only thing that was mentioned from my friend was that they were not taken care of as well as they could have been and could be a bit dry. Slightly dry, yes they were, but nothing too terrible.

    Giving it the customary physical interrogation, the only issues I found with the cigar were in regard to its dryness. Translation: a bit of the middle part of the wrapper was coming apart from itself. Again, as it was a gift from a friend, it’s something I can overlook. Bought in a brick and mortar store or online in this condition would be unacceptable.

    Lighting the cigar up and giving it a few full draws, like its standard and more unique Opus X siblings, the Fuente Fuente is quite complex in terms of flavors. Hints of wood and ever-so slight taste of sweetness, balanced out to where while it is certainly full-bodied right from the start. However, it’s not overbearing in the least; in my opinion, you would not need a full stomach to smoke this. I didn’t feel that the overall strength of the cigar increased until the last fourth, so you can expect to have a consistent full-bodied flavor throughout the two-hour smoke time. And even though it is a very bodied cigar, I didn’t find the finish to be any longer on the palette than normal.

    The ash is also welcomed to this cigar in that it has an excellent white hue and it stays firm to the end, leaving little worries in everyone’s favorite “ash gifts.” Besides the wrapper slightly off of itself midway through the cigar, it didn’t interfere in the cigar’s burn.


    Fantastic cigar, although I really expect nothing less from the Opus X brand. If you are lucky enough to find these at a comfortable price, pick these up immediately. Otherwise, the Fuente Fuente Opus X is delegated to the “special occasion” category of cigar purchases.


  7. Mike
    December 20, 2012

    Great review. I had one of the Perfection #4 (I think that was the one) and I thought I was going to die halfway through it =) I would say to HAVE a full stomach for this puppy! I was sucking fresh air in through the window while I was shaking like it was -30 degrees outside =) now it could be the size, since mine was a smaller vitola, it might have been just that much more power for the size.


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