Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx

Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso 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 : $20+ each?
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First of all, I would like to thank Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for providing these beauties for review. He is based in Grand Cayman which gives him access to some rare Cuban and non-Cuban smokes, including the Opus X cigars.

The word alone makes my mouth water. I remember my previous experience with an Opus X and it seems like its strong and rich flavor is still somewhere near. Will this Belicoso xXx, also known as the Power Ranger, be on par with the Rare Estate Reserve or will it disappoint? I had absolutely no idea when I took this cigar from the humidor yesterday evening to dry-box it during the night. The weather is excellent, I am sitting outside in a park and getting ready to begin my short journey to the Dominican Republic.

Appearance : ★★★★½
This Dominican puro sports a shiny wrapper with very thin veins. Hard to the touch, it has no soft spots at all. You will probably agree with me that Opus X's bands are among the most beautiful ones out there. I don't really understand the role of the second red band (ribbon) on the foot, but it sure looks good. I knocked off 1/2 star because of a couple tiny discolorations that I spotted on the wrapper.

Construction : ★★★★★
I was afraid to experience some construction issues as I noticed that the humidity level in my humidor was higher than usual, that's why I decided to dry-box the cigar for one night. Fortunately, the construction was flawless. The draw was beyond reproach and the burn was slow, steady and regular, resulting in a beautiful, almost white ash that held for well over 2 inches.

Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx

Flavor : ★★★★☆
Belicoso xXx is immediately complex with moderate amounts of spice, leather and the trademark flavor of Dominican puros that I often find in Fuente and Davidoff cigars - that sort of subtle sweetness with a toasty background. It is rather powerful from the very beginning. Beware of the nicotine kick - it will definitely make your head spinning a little (even if you had a hearty meal before playing with this baby). I do not recommend smoking this cigar on an empty stomach. At the end of the first third, one dominant flavor appears - leather. Although there are some other interesting notes, nuts and toasted bread in particular, they are really secondary. I think that leathery flavors are due to the fact that this is a young cigar and the bouquet will be richer with age. Progressively building power, Opus X remains full-flavored to the end, with notes of wood, nuts and earth complementing the leather.

Value : ★★★½☆
It's quite hard to judge the value of this cigar. Browsing the blogosphere and this very website in particular, it appears that the Opus X Belicoso xXx can be found at $10-12 per piece, whereas some online retailers have a price tag of over $25. At $10 a pop, yes, this would be a steal. At $25, not so sure...

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
This review is based on only one cigar. I have two more left and I decided to store them and review another one in exactly one year. I am almost certain that there is considerable room for improvement in the flavor department. See you next year with a more balanced bouquet and at least 4.5 out of 5!

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7 Comments on “Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx”

  1. I have one of these I am saving for the closing of my new house which will hopefully be in a week or so. I can’t wait. Nice review.

  2. I have a box of these beauties in my humidor. It doesn’t cost any more to travel “First Class”.

  3. I have tried to order from this company but I found it verd odd to put the credit card security number after the name. Usually on payment pages the card security number has a seperate box. It could be a coincidence but after I tried and failed to place an order I found that my credit card was completely drained of its limit buy consecutive withdrawals of $99.- each time 3 times a day. So beware.

  4. I just recently (last week) tried this cigar for the first time, and I was very impressed.

    I am purchasing them for approx. $11/ea. from a local tobacconist (albeit with a max. 2 per customer / per day limit) and at that price they are definitely a fantastic value.

    Very flavorful, strong and incredibly smooth cigar.

  5. I am very fortunate – like Petar, I have found these for $11.70 a pop at a local cigar shop and for that price I’ll smoke them all day long! The cheapest online price is almost 3x as much. Great smoke, very smooth and an explosion of rich flavors in my mouth.

  6. Just smoked one last weekend. It’s been in my humidor for around 6 months just waiting for the right time. I was very under-whelmed. No one in my area has these so when I ordered one online for the 3 times price everyone talked about I expected a great cigar. The taste was on point however the burn was all over the place and went out twice during my smoke. I very rarely have any of these happen to me so for my prized possession to do it, it really bummed me out. I’d be willing to try it again but no where close to the price I paid.

  7. My Review of the Fuente Opus X Super Belicoso

    I picked this up several years ago, and not being a HUGE Opus X fan, just figured I’d smoke it when I got around to it. I just got around to it. :)

    It did not want to light, which has been common with these Dominican wrappers, the seem to often have an asbestos like quality to them. The wrapper has a rich red color, and a very oily sheen. Squeezing it, it’s hard like a rock, but it draws just fine.

    The flavors are rich and oaky with a subtle sweetness. The aroma is tannic like a dry red wine. There is some acidity to the finish and pepper mingles in and out throughout the smoke.

    The strength of the cigar is strong as is the body, but the strength isn’t in your face like is is with a Corojo.

    Towards the end the flavors resemble that of a nice tawny port, sweet and oaky with coffee undertones.

    The cigar is a real slow burner, a result in my opinion, of the fire-fickleness of the wrapper, as it is so often unfazed by the flame that it simply puckers up and folds in on itself rather than burning. It makes sense that this cigar was stuffed with so much filler, otherwise the “guts” would burn waaay quicker than the wrapper.

    This was a nice cigar that aged respectably.

    Rating: 90 (A)

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