June 20, 2013
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.5 x 41
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$32 each
The lancero vitola seems to have fallen from favor with most contemporary cigar smokers. It’s understandable in today’s time-crunched society that a longer length cigar with a tiny ring gauge, which forces you to take more deliberately slow draws to avoid excess heat, holds relatively less interest from a purely practical standpoint. Perhaps a cigar with an origin in Hollywood can persuade smokers that they’ve been missing something.
The Fuente family is known for their marketing prowess, and the Lost City line of cigars is no exception. Director Andy Garcia needed several scenes for his movie “The Lost City” shot on a tobacco farm, which wouldn’t normally be difficult if it wasn’t for the fact that the growing season was over. Carlito Fuente was happy to provide a location for shooting the film by planting tobacco leaf off-season. He later used this leaf for his Lost City branded cigars. It is interesting to note; however, that the lancero is one of a few vitolas that does not actually utilize this unique tobacco leaf in its blend. Despite this fact, the small ring gauge lends a distinct flavor to the Opus X line that nothing else does.
The toothy Rosado wrapper has only a few very small, almost unnoticeable veins with an even coloring throughout. As with all of the Opus X cigars, the firm bunch does not create draw problems and facilitates a nice slow burn. This is a masterfully rolled, blemish free cigar that only becomes more aesthetically pleasing through the artful design and execution of the bands.
Leather, driftwood, and pepper are the dominant flavors at the beginning of the cigar. A subtle sweetness gently blends its way into the combination of flavors and begins to overtake the note of wood. In the last third the cigar hints at a pleasant nutty flavor before becoming bitter at the final inch.
This handsome lancero does not rank among the most complex cigars I’ve smoked; however, the flavor is pleasing and unique. Take a few hours from your day, sit in a comfortable chair with your favorite Scotch, and take the time to really savor the Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Lancero. You’ll be happy you indulged in this special treat.
Rating : [rating:4/5]
June 29, 2013
Interesting about the wrapper. I don’t know jack about yield and whatnot, but it seems like this line has been in production for quite a while now. How big was that field?
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