Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City

Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City 1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each
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This week I really had some deep pockets. I typically do not spend over $15.00 on a cigar unless I know it to be eccentric, however I really wanted to try this Opus X blend, so I splurged. Let's find out if it was worth it.

In 2004 Hollywood actor/director Andy Garcia wanted to produce a film telling the story of a Cuban tobacco family’s struggles during the Castro revolution. In one of the movie’s scenes Garcia wanted to duplicate a Cuban tobacco farm. After being introduced to Carlito Fuente, owner of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Garcia proposed the idea of shooting a scene with the tobacco plants in the background. Carlito was in favor of the idea however harvest was right around the corner making it impossible to film. Being the gentleman he is, Carlito offered to plant a field of tobacco after harvest and by June Garcia would have a field of three-foot plants to shoot in his scene. When asked what he would do with the tobacco Fuente replied “If it is good, I will use it.” That’s when Garcia suggested the idea of making a special blend bearing the logo from the movie, “The Lost City” which would later become the name on the cigars. The rest from there is history. The tobacco, seen in the movie, is the same used in The Lost City blend.

The Lost City cigars are available in five different sizes at varying prices. Each box of 10 comes with a copy of the movie The Lost City, certificate of authenticity, and sports an individual serial number. The boxes' MSRP is as follows:

  • Robusto $279.00
  • Double Robusto $289.00
  • Toro $299.00
  • Piramide $299.00
  • Lancero $299.00 (we reviewed this cigar twice, here and here)

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The pre-light ritual for The Lost City didn't really go well. There were two cracks in the wrapper at the foot of the cigar. Large veins running head to foot and the overall appearance was very rough looking.

The cap had been applied very sloppily and started to unravel after being cut. The band was very elaborate with a dark fire glow however excessive glue had been used to apply it, leaving marks near both the upper and lower bands. Pre-light smell contained signs of cream and tea, which I very much enjoy and the cold, tight draw showed signs of sweet tobacco.

Pre-light score: 7 pts.

The Opus X Lost City proved to be a heavy, full-bodied smoke from the start. The first third showed tastes of leather and spice and was a touch musty, but not in a bad way. The cigar had a nice firm white ash and the burn was a little wavy but did not need to be touched up. The most exciting part however came at the end of the first third when my palate was teased with sweet honey and tea notes. I really love these characteristics in a cigar!

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These wonderful flavors didn’t last long though. In fact, they had dissipated by the time I began the second third. The second third started nice and cool leaving my palate refreshed. The draw on The Lost City was perfect, and glorious coffee notes lasted through the end of the second third.

Another problem did occur when removing the first band. It had been covering another crack (third one) in the cigar's wrapper leaf. So far the first two had not really had a huge affect on the cigars burn and draw performance so hopefully the third rip will surpass too.

The final third on my Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City continued with roasted coffee notes however nearing the end became mottled with a bitter floral taste.

Smoking score: 9 pts.

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Overall this was a very delightful cigar showing lots of complexity. It is most certainly a full-bodied smoke so I do not recommend it to those beginning palates however, I think this is the perfect example of a cigar smoking and tasting better than it looks. Remember construction is not the only aspect of a good cigar. I will probably not restock these in my humidor solely due to the hefty price tag they carry but if you have a few extra Benjamin’s you might consider picking a few up.

Overall Experience score: 8 pts.

Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City Rating

Pre-Light: 7 pts.
Smoking: 9 pts.
Overall Experience: 8 pts.

TOTAL: 24 pts.

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4 Comments on “Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City”

  1. I have tried an Opus X once and liked it really liked the complexity.Holding on to one for over a year to see how it changes..

  2. While I enjoyed this cigar I didn’t understand why it was 30$ I’ve had cigars that were far better from Fuente at a far cheaper price. If they had made it cheaper, maybe even 15-20$ it would probably get much more traction in the market. it’s also not the best Opus X out there. If you get a chance, pick one up and try it but wouldn’t recommend buying a box.

  3. I got these in the Double Robusto size at roughly 20 bucks a stick. After finishing I knew what the Opus X buzz was all about, I knew why it fetched the price, and I would pay the msrp 29 for it, totally worth it. I then tried the regular Opus X blend and was left wondering, but hopeful that if I let them rest the recommended 3 years I would have a different experience.

  4. Would like to know where I can purchase Fuente Fuente Opus X The lost City cigars

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