Arturo Fuente

Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF

There are cigars out there that you save for special occasions, maybe because the cigar is discontinued, maybe because it’s a unicorn, maybe a limited edition from a year that has special meaning to you, maybe because it’s very hard to find or maybe because the price tag is insane. I’ve been lucky enough to smoke a few unicorns and very expensive cigars like the Daniel Marshall 24k torpedo, but today I’m reviewing this Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF because I got great news, my wife who’s from Singapore just got her MVV, that’s a permit to move to The Netherlands to stay with me and build a new life here. Now if that’s not a special occasion worthy of smoking the most expensive cigar from my stock then I don’t know what is.


Fuente shocked the cigar industry with the Opus X, the first Dominican puro, while everybody said that no wrapper could be grown on the Dominican Republic and the Opus X became a legendary cigar, the flagship of the Dominican cigars. Fuente branched off the Opus X with the Anejo and with limited edition with extreme names as chili pepper or pussy juice, weird shapes like footballs and they combined it in this perfecto with a shaggy head and the name Big Bad Mother Fucker aka BBMF. Its a Dominican puro, completely out of Sun Grown Rosado grown on the Chateau de la Fuente and if you can find these cigars the price tag is insane, I haven’t seen them cheaper than $275 online.


In my ratings the cigar scores points for the ring and the construction and with the high quality, very detailed, distinguished ring and the awesome shape of the cigar, with the beautiful maduro tip and the crazy head that looks like a masai haircut this cigar scored incredibly high on that department. The wrapper, chocolate milk brown, is flawless with one vein at the back. It feels a little oily and has a deep reddish glow. And the aroma, which is medium strong, has a complexity to it which is unique. I smell some ammonia but also spiced and herbs.


Due to the head I have no option than to cut. The cold draw is good and I taste pepper. After lighting I taste coffee and pepper and the initial draw is tight but that’s probably because of the shape. And indeed, once I am passed the Maduro foot the draw opens up. The flavor changes to toast then too with pepper and herbs. The pepper grows strong, with toast as a supporting flavor. Halfway the toast gets a little stronger and now with a little acidity but pepper is still the main flavor. The final third starts with a mellowed out pepper. The pepper gains strength again though.


The draw starts difficult but opens up soon but it’s hard to keep the cigar lit in the beginning and the burn is uneven and keeps giving me issues.  The silver gray ash is dense and firm. The smoke is medium at max and the burn and smoke rating completely destroy the high rating the cigar got for looks. This is a full flavored full bodied cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. Insane price, too many burn issues.

Score: 90
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Arturo Fuente Añejo 77 Shark

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Fuente Friday – Fuente Añejo Shark

Within a year after lighting my first cigar, which was a Cohiba Siglo II by the way, and reading a lot of information about the hobby I decided to smoke an Arturo Fuente Opus X because that was supposed to be the bomb. I can’t say that it was a bad cigar, because it wasn’t, but it was a let down, it’s an expensive cigar, the expectations were sky high and it didn’t give me the satisfaction that I thought it would give me so I stayed away from Opus for a few years until I was given an Opus X Shark. The size was intriguing, a box pressed foot with a torpedo top? How cool! And after smoking that cigar I was a believer, what a great stick, still expensive but worth the money. I guess I was just too unexperienced when I smoked my first Opus X.

 


And then you tell everybody that the Opus X shark is one of the best cigars that you’ve ever smoked until a few friends, who’s opinions about cigars I respect highly, say “nah, good cigar but the Fuente Anejo shark is better”. So the hunt began and I found some that I loved. About 3 years later my then employer got a lot of boxes is for a decent price of €22.50 per cigar so I bought a few and tonight I feel like lighting one for a review. Now if you don’t know the story about the Anejo, a hurricane left Fuente with a shortage of Opus X wrapper and instead of halting the production they decided to use a different wrapper, a 5 year old Connecticut Broadleaf that had been aging in cognac barrels and called the line Anejo. So in essence it’s an Opus X with a different wrapper.

 


The wrapper is beautiful, a flawless, dark, rustic wrapper with a silky touch and a little oil. The construction is unique and very good with that box pressed foot and the torpedo head. The aroma is mild and reminds me of a barnyard. The cigar has a cloth foot ring to protect the foot and a red ring with the golden Fuente logo and white letters A. Fuente Anejo. It surprises me that they went for the regular Fuente logo and not a twist on the Opus X logo as this cigar comes closed to Opus X than to a regular Fuente.

 


I had to use my xikar cutter instead of my preferred punch due to the vitola. The cold draw is fine and I taste a sweetness with some pepper and a bit of a cognac flavor, very mild though. I taste coffee with some metal and peanut shells.  After three puffs I taste coffee with some pepper and a little natural sweetness. After a centimeter I taste a caramel like sweetness with wood and a hint of cognac. Slowly the flavor changes a little with a little citrus added to dark oak, mild caramel and some black pepper. Halfway I taste caramel, lime, pepper and nuts, all subtle and soft yet not mild. A little later I taste coffee again with some chocolate and pepper. The final part is nice salty, nutty, peppery and woody.

 


The white ash is super dense and very firm. The smoke is medium thick, I prefer more smoke, but the draw is great. The smoke is great, slow and pretty straight. The cigar is flavorful yet subtle, a cigar for experienced smokers, not because of the strength but because of the complexity. The cigar is medium full bodied and full flavored. The smoke time is a hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while as a treat.

Score: 92
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Arturo Fuente Opus X Double Corona

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I have no idea how I got this cigar, all I know it has some age on it and it has been bought at a Belgian shop as the cigar has a Belgian tax band. The cellophane has a golden Opus X print on it.
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The reddish brown wrapper is beautiful with 2 veins. The construction feels good and the wrapper feels silky. The aroma is mild. The cold draw is great and gives a spicy flavor. As for the ring, drop dead gorgeous.
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I taste a spicy cigar, herbs and pepper, coffee and citrus. A lot of complexity and spicier than I remembered from my previous Opus X experiences. After a centimeter I taste citrus, herbs and honey that slowly change into herbs with a citrus aftertaste. After a third I taste honey again with citrus, herbs and a little cedar and right before I reach the middle of the cigar I taste some pepper too. The flavors are well balanced and complex.
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After two thirds I taste cedar with some citrus and later on the herbs again with a hint of pepper. Near the end the pepper gets very strong.
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The smoke time was a whopping two hours and forty five minutes. The draw was amazing and I got a lot of thick smoke from the cigar. The ash is light colored, dense but not too firm. The burn is almost perfect. This is a full flavored full bodied and complex cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Every once in a while, great cigar but that price tag, dayum

Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 9

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Opus X shark Ilja van Horssen

Ilja van Horssen was an important man for the Dutch longfiller society, together with his brother Sasja he started The Longfiller Company, which is now the biggest independent cigar importer in The Netherlands with Fuente, Oliva, Ashton, Padron, Don Pepin Garcia, La Flor Dominicana, Tatuaje and many other brands in its portfolio and later opened a cigar shop in The Hague and bought a second. Without Ilja the longfiller wouldn’t be as popular as it is nowadays in The Netherlands. A couple of years ago Ilja died at age 36 from cancer and since then his brother Sasja honors him by releasing 36 numbered boxes of hard to find cigars as the “Ilja van Horssen edition”. This years Ilja cigar will be the Opus X shark, a really hard, almost impossible to find Opus X. The shark is a pyramid, 5¾x54 with a round top and a completely square foot end. The cigar is made with the Opus X blend with a rosado binder and wrapper.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a lot of oil and a big vein running over it. I smell speculaas, a Dutch cookie with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. The construction feels good, the predraw is just fine and I taste some raisin.
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I taste leather, herbs, pepper and the cigar is quite spicy. After a quarter of an inch the cigar gets a bit of caramel sweetness, pepper, herbs and wood. I also taste some chocolate. After half an inch I taste sweet cedar with a herbal aftertaste. The sweetness is still caramel like. Soon after I taste spicy herbs with some caramel far on the background. I also taste some wood. After an inch I taste herbs with a little bit of citrus and some chocolate.
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Halfway I taste spicy herbs with some pepper and some leather. I also taste something sweet and sour on the background and in the aftertaste. I also taste some chocolate on the background. The flavors change to hazelnuts with a little bit of a salty flavor. After two thirds I taste nuts with some herbs and a little bit of pepper. Near the end I taste more herbs and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm. The burn started a bit crooked but corrected itself. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? HELL YEAH!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 9 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Fuente Hemingway Classic

I never smoked a Fuente Hemingway before, so when I had the chance I decided to pick the Fuente Hemingway classic, a 7×46, oddly shaped cigar, made with Dominican filler, a Dominican binder and a African Cameroon wrapper. I know that some Fuente Hemingway cigars come with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper too, though in limited quantities. I have a box of Fuente Hemingway work of art maduros, so I guess I should review one soon.
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This cigar has a nice shape but the medium brown wrapper is pale, dry and has a lot of veins. The cigar has a musty barnyard smell. The construction is a bit soft and inconsistent. The predraw is hard and I taste dry tobacco with some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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I taste a dry and salty flavor that reminds me of salted peanuts with some straw and some chocolate on the background. This is a unique flavor profile, I have never tasted salted peanuts in a cigar before, but I like it. After two inch I also taste something mild bitter on the tip of my tongue. I still taste the nice salty flavor with some herbs and dry straw.

Halfway I taste straw as main flavor with some salty herbs and some cacao on the background. After two thirds I taste bitter herbs and I get an ashy flavor. The turning point comes early on this cigar.
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The cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is a bit on the hard side, still good though. The smoke is a bit thin, but after drilling a hole the draw and the smoke got better. The light gray ash is frayed and ugly but firm. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and mild bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This cigar is too mild for me

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado Magnum R56

I love rosado wrappers and I was thrilled when the Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Rosado line came to The Netherlands a few months ago. I reviewed the Magnum R58, the Magnum R54 and the Magnum R52, but I noticed that I hadn’t reviewed the Magnum R56 yet, so I went out and bought one. This 5⅝x56 cigar has a 9 euro price tag.
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The wrapper has a reddish glow, like all the other rosado cigars I’ve smoked before. It is also oily, shiny and has a few long but thin veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste spicy raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste a sweet but yet burned coffee flavor with some earth. After half an inch I taste dry wood, mild sweet and some spices in the aftertaste. After two inch the flavors are sweet yet spicy, I taste wood with a mild acidic flavor and a little bit of milk chocolate in the aftertaste
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Halfway I taste some wood with a mild acidic aftertaste. The sweetness and the milk chocolate are gone. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy, I also taste herbs and some pepper.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and forty minutes. I got enough smoke, but the smoke was a bit thin. The draw is great, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’ll stick to the R52

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Casa Fuente robusto

In June 2009 I visited Las Vegas for a herf with a bunch of friends and I bought a sampler of the world famous Casa Fuente cigars. I already smoked the Double robusto and the churchill and to end the year in style, I decided to grab another Casa Fuente, the 5¼x50 robusto this time.
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The cigar is wrapped in cellophane with a golden “Casa Fuente” print. The wrapper is medium dark, covered in veins, shiny and oily with a beautiful band and an orange cloth band at the foot. The cigar has a mild wood smell. The construction feels good and so is the predraw, which tastes like tobacco.
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I taste a very nice wood flavor, mild sweet with an earthy note and some pepper. Flavors are full but smooth and well balanced. The pepper and the sweetness fade away after half an inch, I now taste herbs, earth and a hint of chocolate.
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After an inch the chocolate gets a bit stronger. Passed the midpoint I get more herbs and more pepper with a little bit of chocolate.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and twentyfive minutes. I got a lot of medium thick smoke. The draw and the burn are great. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The wrapper tore at two thirds, but I could still smoke the cigar. The purge was big. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I go to Vegas, I’ll get some more.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Arturo Fuente sun grown rosado magnum R58

As you may know, or not as I don’t have any idea how many people read my reviews and pay attention to them and my likings, I love rosado wrappers. I was thrilled when Arturo Fuente decided to release a new line of sun grown rosado wrapped cigars en even more excited when I learned that they came to the Netherlands. I smoked the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r52 and the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r54 before and now it was time to smoke and review the Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r58, the latest addition to the line up here in The Netherlands. The cigar has a price tag of €9.50
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The Arturo Fuente Sun grown rosado magnum r58 is a belicoso with a blunt top, 5¼ inch long with a ring of 58. The wrapper is lovely, has a reddish shine to it and contains lots of small veins. The cigar has a distinctive chocolate smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The predraw leaves a raisin flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a mild sour earthy flavor with some pepper, the flavors are more spicy than I expected, but the spiciness fades away quickly, what remains is some herbs. After half an inch I taste wood and herbs, with a sweetness and the sour flavor I tasted before.
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After two inch I taste some coffee with the flavors I mentioned before and after a third I also get some chocolate. After two thirds I taste a little more sweet and sour, with some wood and herbs. All the other flavors are gone.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. I got a decent amount of thick smoke. The draw is great. The silvergray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied. I had to correct the burn a few times
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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God of Fire 2006 Don Carlos robusto

These God of Fire cigars are made by Fuente for Prometheus and are supposed to be top shelve cigars with a price that supports that idea. The MRSP for this 2006 robusto by Don Carlos in a stunningly beautiful tube is $22. On the inner tube there is a text explaining the name “Prometheus stole fire from Zeus, the king of the Olympic gods, to bring it to mankind. Enraged Zeus ordered Prometheus to be bound to a desolate rock and attacked by an eagle. Prometheus was punished for his love of mortals. Prometheus is a courageous hero for mankind and is known as God of Fire” and it continues with “very special and rare vintage cigars blended by the two living legends of cigars, Carlos Fuente sr and Carlito Fuente”. I got this cigar in a ‘make a wish’ on Cigar Asylum.
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The looks of this cigar are off the board. The tube is beautiful and different from any other tube I have seen. There is no cap at the bottom of the tube, but they are actually two tubes, a smaller inner tube with an opening at the top, and an outer tube with an opening at the bottom, so you slide them together to make the tube and protect the 5¼x50 double banded robusto. The wrapper is dark, oily and shiny and has lots of small veins. The cigar has a mild smell of herbs and straw. The construction feels good although the predraw is a bit loose.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavor, quite spicy, with some wood. The flavors are complex and balanced. After half an inch I taste herbs instead of coffee. There isn’t much development in flavors for a while, but what I taste is very good, balanced and complex. I don’t mind the lack of development because I like what I taste.
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Halfway the cigar gets even more flavorful, still a complex and well balanced herbal flavor with wood. After two thirds I get a bit more wood with the herbs and some pepper. The pepper is getting stronger until it is time to say goodbye to this wonderful cigar.
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This robusto had a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was good and so was the burn. I got a decent amount of thick smoke in the beginning and it got more and more, how longer I smoked. The ash is light colored and firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them for a reasonable price, yes I will.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T

You have to hand it to Arturo Fuente, they don’t make much tubos but when they do, it is something spectacular, like this Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T, a 7×49 churchill with a Dominican filler and binder with a Connecticut shade wrapper.
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The wrapper is light brown and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a piece of red band on the foot to protect it. The construction feels good and the cigar has a mild wood smell. The predraw is good.
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I taste dry wood, mild spicy and after a quarter of an inch I taste a little bit of chocolate on the background. After two inch I get a little more chocolate with some herbs. The flavors are dry and a bit musty, which I get a lot from Connecticut wrappers.
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Halfway I still taste wood with herbs. The chocolate is hardly recognizable and the musty taste has gone. The flavors no longer change until I reach the end, only the wood gets a bit stronger.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fortyfive minutes. The draw was good. The light colored ash is reasonable firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The smoke is thin. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Meh, Connecticut wrappers don’t do it for me.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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