Arturo Fuente Opus xXx “Power Ranger”

Arturo Fuente Opus xXx

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 4 5/8 x 49
Ring : 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Here we have a “Power Ranger” that’s got about 2 years humidor time invested. This little firecracker is known for being a big smoke in a small package. It doesn’t disappoint.

Appearance : ★★★★★
The wrapper is absolutely flawless . . . a beautiful, golden brown that reminds me of the finest Cubans. Of course, it also flaunts the famous band that is truly a spectacle to behold in and of itself. Veins are minimal.

Construction : ★★★★★
The construction of this cigar is perfect. Like most of Fuente’s line, it’s a challenge to find even the remotest flaw in wrapper, draw or burn. This stogie is no exception. The burn was outstanding and the smoke sported a gorgeous white ash. As far as construction, this stick is right up there with the finest of any maker.

Arturo Fuente Opus xXx

Flavor : ★★★★☆
Wow!! Right off the bat, you’re slapped in the face with spice. Don’t worry, it’s a good spice. About the fourth draw, I got some nice sweetness that I wasn’t able to identify. For the most part, this sweet, spicy taste predominated the smoke, along with hints of cedar and a nice, earthy aroma reminiscent of fine Cubans. Make no mistake, this is a strong, full-bodied cigar.

Halfway through, the cigar mellowed out a bit and I started to detect hints of nuts and leather that reminded me of the famous Punch profile. At this point, I noticed that my mouth started to water between puffs.

The spice picked up a bit in the latter portions of the smoke. At times, it bordered on being harsh. That’s my only knock on this stick’s flavor. It’s in your face at all times . . . . enjoyable, but relentless. Of course, this cigar is supposed to confront you, but I think the Anejo line sports a little more complex flavor profile, without nearing the harshness threshold. Accordingly, I just couldn’t give it five stars in this category.

Value : ★★★★★
At $10, it’s a steal. I know, it’s not a big stick, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavor and pure enjoyment of a classic smoke. This is a cigar that takes you back to years lost and, regardless of its rather short stature, is about an hour and a half smoke.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
If you haven’t tried an Opus, give this one a go. It is probably the easiest to find at your local B&M and is well worth every penny. It is a truly enjoyable smoke that will give you the strength and flavor championed by Fuente. Aside from a nice Cuban or Anejo, I can’t think of a cigar I would rather smoke in its price range. Oh . . . I almost forgot, get ready for a nic kick!

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4 Comments on “Arturo Fuente Opus xXx “Power Ranger””

  1. You’re lucky you got a Power Ranger with some aging. Lately, my sense is that they’re pretty rough right out of the box, even my favorite, the double corona. Every time I’ve tried a Power Ranger without aging, I’ve found it to be way too harsh for my enjoyment. They settle down quite a bit with some aging. Anyone else had this experience?

  2. Kalutika says:

    I have one sitting in my humidor that has about a year at this point. I am just looking for good excuse.

  3. I have a very large collection of Fuente Fuente OpusX &ForbiddenX & every different shape &size amazes me.The cigar bursts open with such different nuances&stages of changing flavors that seem to all blend very well together especially if you age it even longer than the Fuentes. My hat and long ash goes to Carlito for going against everyone who said that he could not grow a rosado wrapper- boy did he show the whole world!!! Loyally, BOBBYG

  4. I’ve seem to always get some that are still young and need some aging–that sadi I have a selection sitting and look forward to pulling one out come Christmas 09–

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