It’s been a long time since my previous post, but I would like to get back in the spirit of sharing my cigar smoking adventures. While I don’t claim to be an expert, I try and share the attributes of a smoke that matter most to me when determining which cigar to buy.
The Arturo Fuente line of cigars is always a go to favorite for me. While in my local brick and mortar store the other day, I found the rare and coveted Arturo Fuente Opus X line still in stock. With these cigars so rarely being in stock and with the high amount of esteem that these cigars carry (and that I carry for most of the Fuente line), I laid down the extra cash, and made the purchase.
I normally like to upload photos of the pre-light and the progression of the smoke, but unfortunately I was unable to take any for this particular cigar.
The cigar took me about 2 hours to smoke, but that included a fair amount of talking on my end. I found the draw of the cigar to be fairly loose and, while the cigar never got bitter or hot, I did feel the need to slow down my smoking.
The first third of the cigar was very in your face, but pleasantly so. It exhibited a very rich and creamy coffee flavor. The smoke was so thick and prominent that I felt I was actually drinking a cup of coffee.
By the second third, the cigar began to mellow out, but the coffee flavor was still the only prominent flavor I could find.
I did enjoy the cigar very much and smoked it down until there was almost nothing left. It was a strong cigar and by the end, I definitely felt a strong tobacco kick.
The cigar smoked incredibly evenly and only very minor touch ups were necessary, which I felt could have been avoided.
Overall, while I found the cigar enjoyable and delicious, it was very one dimensional. For a cigar which is held to such a high caliber, I was looking for something a little more complex, especially for the money.
I don’t remember what my rating scale was from before, or if I even used one, but I would give this cigar 3.25 out of 5 stars. While I never found it boring, I have smoked many more fun and complex cigars at a lower price point.
As always, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think !