Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Drink : Cold Water
Price : ~$30 each
I’ve been waiting for such a long time to try one of the famous Opus X Dominican puros. It’s quite tricky to get one here but fortunately I happen to have some nice friends who recently had a trip to the Dominican Republic… and I just had to ask them for a few sticks (Manisha and Robinson – thank you!). So here we go with this review of the Arturo Fuente Opus X Robusto 1992 Rare Estate Reserve. Let me just say that it exceeded my expectations. Read on.
Appearance : Rating:
First of all, the tin. As you can see it’s beautiful and impressive (so is the band). I hope their designers are well-paid because they definitely deserve a nice salary. The torcedores have made a very good job just as well: the stick is tightly rolled and the wrapper is smooth and oily.
Construction : Rating:
The construction is high quality as well; the draw was perfect, and the burn regular. This Opus X has the longest ash I’ve ever seen – must be close to 2 inches (!); firm and not flaky at all.
Flavor : Rating:
The beginning is as powerful as I expected. The first third boasts a very complex bouquet of flavors, composed of precious wood, roasted arabica and, of course, spice. The bouquet is equal (if not superior) to the best Cuban specimens. This first third is very macho, powerful, not blended to be elegant. The smoke is soft and delicious (did I mention that the amounts of produced smoke are more than respectable?). The second third is mostly woody, a little bit less complex that the 1/3 probably to the absence of coffee notes. Half-way through, I feel a mix of woody flavors (which come first), followed by some sugary notes. The taste stays very long on the palate, it’s amazing. In the last third, there is a bit less smoke but the flavors considerably gain in depth and intensity.
Value : Rating:
This tin is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. The price tag on these ones is set quite high, all right, but it clearly looks more like a gift item. So, make sure your wife/girlfriend reads this review :)
Overall Rating : Overall Rating:
I couldn’t find any downside to this cigar, however hard I tried. Just one thing – make sure you don’t pair it up with alcohol, especially wine – I am confident that the combination won’t be great. A glass of water will do. Happy smoking!